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April 10, 2021

I want to THANK YOU for following my blog. I have enjoyed doing this and knowing that people I know and some I don’t have been following for years! It was a fun way to communicate with you! I have so enjoyed chronicling our lives and ministry in this way!

I went for a screening colonoscopy on April 10th. My GI dr had no reason to suspect anything abnormal, but indeed he did find something. I have a mass in my colon and my dr right away suspected cancer. Unfortunately he is right and a mere 22 days since have been full of many things. First, shock and then relief that they found it and hope that it is early. I have been poked and prodded and X-rayed etc.. Kent and I together were able to see the surgeon and the oncologist during his lunch hour. The surgeon said this is “ urgent but not emergency” for which I am very glad.

Surgery first! May 4th, at 7:30 am Pacific time. Then recovery for about 4-6 weeks and possibly chemotherapy. Much depends on the extent of the cancer and that is not known until surgery. In colorectal cancer they do not do the staging until after they remove the tumor.

I(Jan) met an oncology nurse in a local grocery store and we got talking. She gave me the name of her gastrointestinal doctor and told me to go to him. I did and I am so grateful to her and him. Both opened the doors to see the surgeon and oncologist more quickly. Monica, the oncology nurse is a personal friend of my oncologist, so he knew a lot about me when we met! I am ever so grateful for her help and she has become my new “best friend”!

Our lives have taken a drastic turn.. we didn’t anticipate it nor welcome this turn.. BUT we know God is with us as He has been all our lives! And we have reached out to over 100 people who have prayed for us over the 41 years of our lives and ministry. They are praying for us during this journey. I hope you will join them!

I regret to say that I am ending this blog. BUT if you would like to continue to follow us, there is a way you can do that. PLEASE send me your personal email address to janmreimer@yahoo.com and we will update people that way. So, sad to say this will be my last blog here. I will however continue sending updates to you personally. Please do not delay, as I will be shutting down this blog in the next week.

Thank you for following my blog. I have really enjoyed doing it. May God Bless you and keep you!

Gratefully,

Jan and Kent Reimer

PS before this diagnosis, we made a trip to see both our daughter and family and our son and his family. These are always very treasured memories, but more so this time!

A picture of us at Easter,

Easter 2021

Selling our home of 12 + years

January 15, 2021

We have moved completely out of our RV, truck and little smart car! We have cleaned them and taken pictures. So, as Kent posted a week ago, we are SELLING this whole ensemble!

The Smart car rides on the back of the Volvo truck! Very convenient as there is no towing behind the RV.

2003 Volvo VNL630 594023 miles $32,190

Features:

All Volvo Drive train; D12-435, 12 speed 2nd Gen. Meritor Auto shift

2016 DRV Mobile Suite 38RSSB3 $96,349.

Features:

There are many additional upgrades and additions to make this a full-time home and good for indefinite off grid living. We had this made for us!

Upgrade residential Lay-Z-Boy Hide-a-Bed Sofa with air mattress & 2 Lazy Boy Leather Recliners

MOR/ryd I.S. Suspension

Solar prep upgraded to 4 gage wire, 4 – 255 Watts each solar panels, 1020 total Watts. MorningStar TriStar MPPT-60 charge controller

Five 100Ah Lithium Ion Batteries. We’ve been months off grid with this system. 22cf Whirlpool Residential Refrigerator with a dedicated circuit and inverter to always run off solor.

Magnum Hybrid Inverter/Charger 3000W MSH3012M

2010 Smart4 Two car $5083

Clean in good condition, no accidents 71300 miles

Selling this beautiful home of ours, does Not mean we will not be traveling anymore! We will! But it won’t be in this particular rig. We did buy a single wide mobile home last spring, so we have a base to come back to in the winter!

I made a short video of our house, truck and car to show some of the features. Soo if you know anyone who would like to buy a beautiful traveling well built, well maintained home, nice big rig truck and a smart car, please contact us at:kfrimr@yahoo.com. And it is currently parked in Mesa, Arizona.

Thanks!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More pictures of the truck are on the blog just previous to this one, called “End of an Era”. You should be able to access it in the upper left hand corner of this blog page.

If anyone is interested, please contact us at: kfrimr@ yahoo.com for more information.

Thanks,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

End of an era.

December 28, 2020

Well … after 14 years living, ministering and traveling in an RV that is coming to an end. Jan’s cancer recovery has taken a lot of her strength and taking everything we own down the road leaves me a little on edge. So we are bringing this great life style to an end. We need to sell everything so if you know any one interested in a slightly used RV please let me know. I’ll include some pictures.

There are a total of 6 boxes two on each side and two drone boxes behind the cab.
Inside one of the boxes is a tool box. All the rest are empty boxes.

Christmas 2020

December 21, 2020

Our daughter, her husband and Ivan decided to drive to see us this winter. We have not been able to see them for a long time due to Covid and school for Ivan and Kara. Soo, this was a very, VERY special visit! They also would get to see Nick’s sister and family with two little girls close to Ivan’s age. So he had someone to play with. They stayed at a resort which gave them plenty of room and a heated pool and other amenities. So we came to them so we could enjoy being together!

Ivan did get to spend one overnight with grandma and grandpa, which was as special for us, as for him. And we did get to have a family Christmas dinner together as well. Any time we got to be with our family was so very special and are now treasured memories!

I made a video of some of our fun!

So they came and we had lots of fun, they left and on Christmas Day we were able to Skype with both families for a nice long visit. Christmas 2020 was a bit different but still very good!

May you have a better year in 2021!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Thanksgiving

November 28, 2020

I just love this American Holiday! It is so fun and special with good food and usually time with family or friends. Since we had just seen our son and family and daughter is coming later, we were just us two.

We decided to do a Cornish hen instead and found a recipe from Emerill for Cranberry Glazed Turkey and we adopted it. Here is his recipe. https://www.emerils.com/126856/cranberry-glazed-breast-turkey

Kent grilled it and some asparagus. Very delicious! I also made fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy and of course fresh made apple pie! That was enough food for us.

We heard from our kids and even got some pictures. Ivan lost his first tooth. Josh and Teresa had family guests. Kent also made a headboard for our platform bed that he made earlier this month. Yeah!

We had a relaxing day and took some time to think about all of our blessings. Most importantly our savior, Jesus and our family and friends. We are so glad for all the many people who love us that are in our lives. Praying that you had a very Blessed Thanksgiving too!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting dear friends and family

November 27, 2020

While visiting Josh’s family we took off for a few days to go see some very dear friends. We have known these couples for over 40 years and have kept in touch along the way. For 6 years we all lived close and did a ton of things together like birthdays, couples retreats, card party nights and several parties at our house to thank these very special people. Two of the ladies have lost their husbands so our group is a bit smaller, but just as SPECIAL! Our friends Millie and Don who hosted us, also offered to host a meal for everyone to be together. She put together some of our favorite foods from the area too! As well as some that she had canned and frozen herself! Yum! Millie is a wonderful hostess and outdid herself in the meal! Thanks so much Millie and. Don too!

We also got to see most of Millie’s family. Those that live in the area stopped by and again Millie hosted the food. It was sooo nice to see how her family has grown up while we were gone. Fun times!

We also got to visit 3 of my brothers and three nieces and one nephew while there. These visits are good and very far and few between so I appreciate them even more! My brother Harvey and his friend were an especially nice visit! But seeing my two younger brothers, Ken and Steve was very nice too! A video of these visits!

We had only four days there. As we wanted to return to Josh and family for a few more days to finish the shed and a few other projects for Josh!

It is always so fun to see family and friends and this visit was a very special one. We are so thankful for the time with Josh and his family!

Love and gratitude,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting our son and family

November 15, 2020

We recently flew to visit our son and family on the east coast. We had very comfortable fall weather. Afternoons were warm enough to be in short sleeves.

We always ask if they have a project for us to help with. Since this is their first home that they have owned, Josh usually has something in mind! This time he wanted his dad and he to build a small storage shed to fit in their small backyard.

It seemed to go together quickly.

There are always lots of little things to do for me. I painted the floor keep moisture from seeping through and trim boards white… and finally the shed a beautiful red. All the time the guys were doing the harder work.

Here they are having Silas and me to help lift up the front side. Yeah!

After lifting it into place they had to put screws in to hold it. Silas is holding it so grandpa can put the screws in and a clamp.

I also did some trimming of bushes and other things that Teresa wanted. She and I picked up a big bag full of oak leaves as well. They have such a beautiful backyard view of a park that is full of oaks and other trees!

Josh had taken off work for the week but Teresa and Silas still had to do school from home. Teresa sometimes would study late into the early morning hours as she is working on a “mapping of data” project. So she can learn how to make her own research project. This is all for her PhD in Nursing. Her research will explore the ways that art can improve school outcomes for kids that have been exposed to trauma.

Teresa at her “at home” office!

Silas is in high school and it seems his favorite subject now is World History. All done from remote classes from his room with Gibby, their dog laying nearby just waiting for Silas to be done! They are so cute together.

We did have some time to enjoy ourselves playing some games, watching an a few old movies etc. It is always a privilege to be with them and when we can be of help, that is great too!

Silas is the cook most of the time. His mom helps often and she does the grocery shopping. So here he is getting ready to make nachos supreme for dinner.

We went away for a few days and then came back to finish things up. We got a lot done while together! We do try to get a family picture while together as well.

We flew back to our place in Arizona. And we will rest a bit before starting to work on our place again. It is always so good to see our grown children and be able to help them too!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Another sad goodbye

November 4, 2020

A week ago we got a call that I was NOT ready for! Our dear friend Ed, had passed away! He had been doing ok but then got pneumonia and died sooo quickly!

Here is a picture of Kent visiting Ed this summer. Because of Covid-19 we could only visit through a window screen. We were able to take an ice cream treat for his birthday.

When we left Washington, we would call him each Sunday. Two weeks ago he seemed ok and quite talkative and interested in life! So when I couldn’t reach him on the phone this past Sunday, I contacted his family. That is when we found out he had pneumonia and was on oxygen. I was very concerned but had no way to call him… then he passed on Tuesday. It was a sad day for me and for our family! We will miss Ed on this earth! He was like a father and grandfather to us! Sigh😢

A little History. Ed, was someone that Kent has known for 60 years! When Kent was 10 years old, Ed was his Sunday School teacher. Ed and his wife Goldie were never able to have children and so they adopted other people into their lives. We were privileged to be one family that they adopted! They prayed for our family every day! That was such a blessing and privilege!

Our relationship got even closer when Ed decided to go on our team to Mali, W. Africa in 1993. Our team helped to build a church and Ed also built cabinets in a missionary’s house. He was a wonderful addition to our team!

Ed with Kara and Josh in Mali, W. Africa in 1993

He was a terrific cabinet builder and overall contractor! In these last years he sometimes would show us some of the things he had done, like a deck here and remodeling there, and totally rebuilding their house.

Ed and Goldie came to see our family in Pennsylvania in 1992 and also in Missouri in 1998. Kent and I met up with Ed and Goldie several times on short trips in recent years. They came to see us in Spokane, WA and the four of us all went to Banff National Park together. That was really special! We would always spend time with them when we came to see Kent’s parents as they all live in the same area!

Pictures from our times with Ed and one of Goldie and Ed by her side!

As Goldie got older she was declining! Her memory got so bad and then worse as she was falling all the time! Eventually she went to live in a home for people with memory issues! It was terribly hard on Ed, to give up caring for her but it was so physically and emotionally demanding that Ed lost so much weight and his health was jeopardized too! So he would go to visit her at least three times a week. As she stopped communicating he still would visit. He was such an example of love and godly commitments to all who knew him!

Last winter, Ed fell in his home and after hospitalization and rehab went to live with Goldie in the same facility and even the same room! It was extremely difficult for him to not have the freedom to get out and do more. But he gradually grew stronger and was able to walk around the facility and even stand alone. It was so fun to be with him and see how he improved.

He even bought a new iPad and we were giving him lessons through the window of his facility. He was learning and asked questions about things he was doing on the iPad, his mind was still very alert! He challenged us, as he took life challenges in his stride and God was still teaching him things! He would talk to us about his pastor’s last sermon.

Ed was such an encouragement to anyone who knew him! I do know I will see him in heaven someday! And I know he is no longer encumbered with the worries of this world! He is at peace with the Lord he loved and served! But Ed, I MISS YOU ALREADY!

Lovingly yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting friends in Yuma

October 18, 2020

Yes, it does seem that we come this way at least once a year. We have three couples that we love hanging out with.

Kathy and Sid we have known since we all lived in Alaska met when we all were younger, about 40 years ago. We are able to meet up here when they were not working! Their plans changed this year due to Covid soo they were available!

We got to stay on our friends (Dwain and Debbie’s) lot that they are parked on as well. So two big Volvos and two of the same kind of RVs. It is fun to meet up with them in many different places. We actually met at a RV rally about 9 years ago. We love them and their little dog too! They are going to build a house so maybe not be traveling as much with the big rig!

And the third couple of friends are Tom and Carolyn. They pastor a church in town and we met them about 14 years ago when we first were traveling in our rig. They are always fun to see and be with too!

It was great to see all of our friends!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling some more

October 13, 2020

We left Oregon and started south to California but stayed on the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains. It should have been a beautiful drive…but the fires this summer and therefore the smoke from them impeded most of the views of the Sierras. Also because of Covid many museums etc were not open. We traveled on highway CA 395. We do WANT to go back someday.

Since the places that were open were the parks and we decided to go and see the Bristlecone Pine Forest near Bishop. I had seen brochures about this park and was very excited to see them! Apparently these trees are some of the oldest in the world. They were very interesting for sure!

We had to drive up to the Bristlecone Pine forest which was at over 10,000 feet elevation but where we had stayed the night was 4,150 feet. So it was quite a climb and our little Smart car did great! At about 9,000 feet we stopped and took a short hike. It felt like we were on top of the world although these pictures don’t show the awesomeness of this view. We could see several mountain ranges.

We walked to the edge to get this picture!

After we got to the top, there were several hikes you could take. We decided to do the 1 mile hike. As we climbed there was additional 300 feet elevation, and at some points quite a climb. I was a bit winded at the top, but it was a great view of these old trees! The trees are very gnarly and very old. Think of all they had to survive at this altitude over 10,000 feet elevation and it is believed that they are some of the oldest trees in the world.

The walk down on the path had some places where it was actually more than a little precarious! If you slipped off the path, there was nothing to stop you from falling several hundred feet! I must say I was very glad to be down but still was very glad to have done the climb!

This forest is a must see for people that love trees!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers