My husband’s birthday

February 13, 2020

We all have birthdays every year, but I wanted to do a party of some sort this year….as when Kent turned 70 this was no party..

Kent’s birthday started out like most of our birthdays do now..at Denny’s restaurant that gives you a full Grand Slam for your birthday for free.

Then we did some computer work and afterwards went to a new place for $10 off our lunch. We had a great sandwich and enjoyed that so much. It was a new place for us called Liberty Market in Gilbert.

Then we went across the street to Joe’s Real Barbecue Restaurant. We went to the outside to order to go, we had just eaten lunch! They even wrote on the top” Happy Birthday.” How sweet! We took it home to eat another day!

Next was the party and it was combined with another friend whose birthday was two days after Kent’s. So we and a bunch of friends all met at our friends the Winters house. It was fun and we forgot to get pictures.. so here is a collage of the few we did get.

Well, I think Kent felt celebrated this year!
Love you, Kent
From Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A fun day “ Joy riding” in the desert with friends

February 10, 2020

Yes, we went joy riding, but in our friend’s desert machine. I think it is called “The General” by Polaris. It is a four seater vehicle with seatbelts, windshield and even cup holders. It is very comfortable even when going over very rough terrain. We had a blast!

Our friend Dwain took us. His wife, Debbie is at a Gourd festival where people carve gourds into beautiful works of art! So we went with Dwain and two other men in a separate vehicle, a 2 seater Can Am . I got some pictures of them.

After getting gas, we took off across the desert.

Dwain knew where we were to meet up with the others. We drove on “trails” although some of the time Dwain decided to do a different trail. He was cautious enough and downshifted when necessary to climb a bit easier. The desert is starting to blossom. There were yellow Bottlebrush in bloom and I also saw some pink Penstemon as well as a variety of other desert plants.

We stopped for a late breakfast at a smallish diner and then back on the trails. We even saw some mines, Dwain knows about mines and said they were probably not gold mines though.

The scenery was great and it was a warmer day so much more enjoyable, although we did layer up with coats etc because of there were no windows in the vehicle. We did get dusty, as my water bottle here shows.

This was clean when we started. I didn’t even realize how the dust was collecting!

We drove some trails along a canal of water. This video shows the other vehicle going along the other side of the canal. This appears to be upside down. And I can not fix that, BUT when you press play or the arrow.. it plays properly! It shows you how fast we were going on this part of the trail.

We stopped at an old cemetery.

The oldest date we could make out was 1924. It reminded me of the Wild West the way the graves looked.

I climbed to the top of the hill where there was a cross. Going up wasn’t so hard but coming down with loose rocks all around my feet was harder. I went slowly and held on to the rocks and scrub bushes to make it down. View from the top..

After stopping here we went looking for some old mines. Again the desert scenery was beautiful!

I made a video to show you a bit more of what we saw. There is a lot of farming around Yuma, mostly salad stuff and broccoli and cauliflower. Beautiful green fields stand out in the desert landscape.

Thank You Dwain! For a full and wonderful day!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

I am so grateful for my husband

February 5, 2020

In many ways I am grateful for my husband, but this past week especially for his handyman skills! He was thoroughly cleaning our roof, which needs to be done about once a year. We had been parked under a huge maple tree on his parents farm and we got a lot of sap and then leaves and also rain and mold on the roof. So a thorough cleaning was needed. He took his time to clean it good and in the middle was ill for a few days so it took a bit longer.

I was very glad to have him finish this project as the height made me nervous, but he had no worries!

During the time that he was working on the roof, one morning our toilet flusher broke completely off. He first tried to glue it back but it still broke again, so then the option was to replace the entire thing. Now this is not a toilet that we can buy at Home Depot so, Kent he spent several hours running around town to the RV dealers trying to find an appropriate one. He could not, so that meant ordering online. So Amazon to the rescue and in two days we had it and Kent had it installed a short time! Yeah! Yes, we had to sort of “Jerry rig” it to use it for those two days…but we managed and I was and am very grateful for a proper flushing toilet now!

So for those of you who read this blog and think that living in the road sounds sooo seamless. These kinds of repairs happen all the time. Kent also recently repaired one of our slides as it was out of alignment. Again in a short time, Kent was able to fix it!

That is why I am soo grateful that he has these skills and tools. It makes our life and these little issues a lot less problematic! he is amazing!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Continuing to celebrate Christmas

December 30, 2019

We next flew to our son’s family that moved to Baltimore, Maryland in August. They bought their first house and we were very excited to celebrate their first Christmas in it with them! This shows several houses and theirs is the one with the evergreen trees on both sides of their walkway! Teresa was glad to get some beautiful trees on their property!

Also Josh had started a house project and we extended our stay to help with that as well. It was sooo great to see their new neighborhood and even meet a few neighbors. They also had a new family member, a dog named Gibby. He is an American Staffordshire Terrier and a sweet, gentle spirit. He also seemed very patient. In order to welcome him, I even Gibby his own Christmas stocking and had treats in it too! Of course!

We started out on Saturday by getting some tools the men would need. Also a Christmas tree! On Sunday we went to a farmers market under US 83. It was the last week until spring. We all were fascinated with the men that grew and sold micro greens. He gave all us samples and we enjoyed them so much Teresa bought a container for us all to enjoy at home. We also went to the Inner Harbor area and walked around a bit, saw a Christmas market and had lunch at a local renowned restaurant called” Miss Shirley’s “. That was definitely fun!

Then we tackled the demolition of the basement area. Josh and Silas had done some, but Josh and Kent now tackled it with fervor.

Silas and I worked on carrying all the stuff outside and piling for disposal. Wow, it was quite a chore! And all of us were tired at the end of that day! Teresa kept us going with delicious food! Here is the pile when were finished!

After this day, we cleaned up and went to a church close by that had a Christmas Eve service and we got a family picture.

Christmas Day we enjoyed sleeping in and after a delicious breakfast, we opened our stockings and presents, including Gibby!

Grandpa and Silas built a graham cracker gingerbread house. Looked really nice but it was fun to hear them planning and putting it together. The day after Christmas we also had a treat of all of us seeing the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the first time. For me, it was very first aquarium as well. We enjoyed that and after stopping for something to eat we went to see a street where almost all the houses are decorated. The street was closed to cars and people were walking around admiring the scenes and lights. Fun!

We did make 5 trips to the local dump to get rid of all the trash we removed from the basement. That cleaned up Josh’s backyard of that trash! It was a “real ” experience going to a city dump. I don’t believe I have ever seen so many seagulls in one place before and this picture only shows a very few of them!

Teresa, Silas and Gibby all left the next day and drove home to see Teresa’s family. We and Josh continued working on the basement. We took off to go to church on Sunday morning but tried to get as much done as possible. We leave tomorrow morning and Josh goes back to work for a few days. But much was accomplished in a short time, as well as fun family times too! We know Josh will still have much to do, but we were so glad to help during this time!

Again a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2020.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Here is a short video of our time together!

Celebrating Christmas with our daughter and family

December 26, 2019

We also got to go with them to deliver gifts that they bought for a local underprivileged family. That was a fun thing to do together too! It was sweet to see Ivan starting to understand this to see the joy on this family’s faces!

We have had a wonderful time with our daughter and family. We were able to celebrate in several ways. I have always wanted to see the Nutcracker ballet. Kara found a dance school that was presenting it and in a way that Ivan could attend and be able to enjoy it too. He even got to meet the dancers and even go on stage with other children to try dancing too. Ivan wasn’t too crazy about that idea though he did it.

We did get to take him to the Children’s Museum! That was a blast to watch him wanting to show it all to us. It was very interactive and he wanted us to see it all. He loved pretending to be a fireman and building a track for balls to roll down. It was great fun!

We also got to a babysit Ivan one evening, which was such fun. We played games and read some books to him, But his favorite book this time was a book that was a read along! He laughed out loud at that book!

We also really enjoyed going to his preschool and meeting his teacher. And then being able to see his Christmas program. Ivan is a bit shorter than his fellow students so it was a challenge to see him, but he was waving to mommy as almost all of them did! How very cute! Ivan is the last one on second row.

Kara cooked a delicious turkey dinner one night as well. That was also fun to be able to share with both Nick’s brother, Alex who came by for a short visit and Kent’s first cousin Shirley who lives near by.

Of course we did have some gifts to share. Ivan had fun opening first his Christmas stocking, and then each day we were there, he opened a gift. He was so excited!

We also got to see our former neighbors and that was a treat!And in the middle, Kent’s retirement which was fun too to have Kara and Nick there as well. So this was more than Christmas trip, this year! We are so grateful for the wonderful week with Kara and family!

Celebrating and grateful,

Jan for Roaming Reimers

Please enjoy more pictures on this short video:

Saying Goodbye

December 19, 2019

We flew to Denver a few days ago. We have been having a wonderful time with our daughter Kara, her husband Nick and their now 5 year old son Ivan.

Today we had another wonderful day, but it was also a bittersweet day! Why bittersweet? Kent is officially retiring from our mission WorldVenture. So we went to the office for the last time as staff and we were able to talk with many people there. The Mobilization team had a very honoring lunch for us as we retired! Our daughter and her husband were invited to come too, which was very special as well!

Here is the group! We were given some very thoughtful gifts, including an ornament with a battery operated light in it. We were told it was to show how we have shared the light of Jesus to the world! Oh, wow! That was sweet!

We went back to the office for a bit more saying goodbye to others. Lucy, pictured here with us has been a coworker with us all of our 15 years with WorldVenture. We have really enjoyed knowing nd working with her. She sat with us for a bit more of a visit. She has been a rock for us with us being on the road. We appreciate her very much along with our other colleagues.

We also had one evening meal with another colleague! It was so fun and sweet of them to be remembered like this and we know that God will show us what to do next and where, just as He has all these 40+ years!

Grateful to God and the WorldVenture staff!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Thanksgiving

December 18, 2019

I absolutely love Thanksgiving! I love everything about it! Well, that is the traditional Thanksgiving, not really what it has become. No, we don’t do the shopping and we don’t even do the football games. But we often start baking and also putting up decorations and play Christmas music and relax!

45 years of Thanksgivings have found us in many places! When our kids were still at home, in Pa and Kansas City, Missouri, we would always try to find someone who didn’t have anywhere to go and invite them. One year we even had a homeless guy who had turned up on our church’s doorsteps. We also had families of missionaries and friends over the years. Also when Kent and I were first married we went “home” to my parents one year then another we went to where they had moved,. And later on I hosted my parents a few years.

Our years in Alaska, as we pastored we hosted many people and even had a church wide dinner. In Brazil, we always were with our missionary families. And it wasn’t a holiday there, of course..

And since we went in the “road” , in our RV, we have had holidays in many different people houses and in ours with others from time to time.

We always love when we can see our kids anytime over the holidays. This year it will be for Christmas instead! For Thanksgiving, we make our own meal and it is just us this time. But we called family and friends for nice long phone conversations.

What I love is the traditional food, Turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, delicious homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, and of course homemade pumpkin pies with some whipped topping, homemade if possible! Since Kent is now dairy and gluten intolerant we make these things with some adjustments, but I do as much as I can from scratch as that way I really know what is in it too! But I enjoy the whole process. I

This year I actually grew in a garden our squash that I used to make our pumpkin pie! It made it much more delicious!

Another thing that I love about Thanksgiving is that is a remembrance of what God has done for us. The first Thanksgiving between the pilgrims and native peoples was just that. As the pilgrims were glad to be alive and starting to prosper in this new wild land. They were glad that their crops had grown and given an increase and because the Indians had helped them, they had a feast together. This event has often been misconstrued to be something not as history has recorded it in William Bradford’s diaries of those early years. He was the governor of that first pilgrim colony near Plymouth, Massachusetts. Take a good look at this history. These pilgrims were brave and courageous people as they came here for religious freedom and to govern themselves apart from despotism in England! Very interesting!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Plymouth_Plantation

This year I decided to thank personally with a hand written note the people who have stood by us and supported us financially over the years of our missions ministry…over 40 years. It was a busy month to hand write notes and I must say my hand got tired as I do not write that many notes (over 130) by hand very often. But it was rewarding too! I thought back the many visits we had with these dear friends and the many ways they had encouraged us, prayed for us, done other things for us to help us stay serving the Lord in missions! It made me realize how very grateful I was to the Lord, for placing these people in our lives! And how I want to remember to speak encouragement into others lives.

I pray that you can relax a bit and enjoy the entire holiday season a slow down a bit and remember the true meaning of our holidays!

Kent and our meal!
I am still trying to figure out how to do selfies!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoying the fall colors and friends

November 16, 2019

We started our trip south with a mission conference in Seattle. Seattle Missions Fest is always a highlight for us and usually is the first place we stop on our way south. This year it was held at Crossroads Community Church. Many missions are invited to have booths and share what they are doing around the world. There are seminars and main speakers too. In our off time, we were able to chat with many friends. Some dear friends were there with their adult daughters that we have known for years. That was so good to see them again! While in Seattle we also got to attend our former church. It was great to reconnect there as well.

Then we drove to Portland for several days. Kent was able to spend a day at Multnomah University talking to students about serving the Lord overseas. I had a special day to hang out with another dear friend, Rachel. It was near our birthdays which are one day apart and we just had a wonderful time!


But each day we had great trips. We drove over the mountains in Oregon. Then our temps dropped to even 14 overnight. But we were fine and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors along the way. We drove through a corner of California, far from any of the fires!

We then took each day to go a bit further south and east to reach Phoenix before my birthday. I enjoy the traveling but wanted to be settled before my birthday, it was a big one…65, and I was having some difficulty in getting used to the idea of being 65. We did make it in time day was celebrated and I am getting used to the idea!

Thanks for anyone who prayed for us as we traveled! We do not take your prayers nor God’s protection for granted, but appreciate it greatly! We are going to be in Phoenix for 2 months and then we are not sure where. Stay tuned for the next adventure!

A video of some of the sights we saw as we traveled. We started out in rain but as we went along we enjoyed the colors and then mountains and even the early morning fog!

God bless,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Going south

October 25, 2019

We have been settled on Kent’s mom’s farm for about six months now. It has been good to do the garden and help with many projects and to help in clearing out mom’s house. But it was time to move on for a few months at least.

We are going to Seattle for a missions conference and then visit several colleges and friends along our way.

We have had a lot of good fun visits with mom both at her home on the farm and in her new situation at an assisted living facility. She is doing so well and making some new friends! We and our niece and husband all had dinner with her tonite. She took it all in and was so glad to see her granddaughter and her husband as well as us!

This past week I was able to take her shopping and we stopped at a new restaurant for lunch. She had a yogurt parfait with granola and fruit although it does look a lot like ice cream.. she enjoyed it as you can see from her expression!

Here is a video of some of the many things we did while here… many times I didn’t get my camera out so.. lots of things that I did not get a picture of.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A fun weekend with family

October 19, 2019

Our daughter and her son Ivan like to come to see Kent’s parents and now mom about two times a year. So we encouraged them to come while we were still parked here so they could see the us, grandma and the farm. And as a bonus Kent’s sister and husband too. So they planned a weekend in the fall. And we were very excited when Nick’s job had some training nearby the week prior so he got to stay and have the weekend with the family too! So another treat!

It is always so exciting to see them, and especially little Ivan. He is such a delight and growing up so fast that we can’t see him enough!

We had some good visits with Kent’s mom and she adores Ivan. And we got to run around the farm and see what was left of the gardens and the dahlia flowers. Kent even fixed the seat on the old swing set that his siblings had used so Ivan could enjoy it more comfortably.

We also got to have our dear friend Ed come for a meal and a visit.

On Sunday we all went to church with Kent’s mom and had lunch with her at her favorite Chinese Restaurant! After that she was pretty tired.

It was a busy and fun weekend. We can hardly wait until our next visit! You can see Ivan loves the farm and thoroughly enjoyed all of it!

Love and grateful for the visit!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers