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

Traveling to see friends and rest

October 1, 2020

We left the farm in rain. We traveled in rain for two days, but thankfully since we have found some sunshine!

We were in a bit of a hurry at first so we could see friends along the way for lunch. These friends, both the couple and lady in the picture have hosted us often. It was so nice to have a lunch then continue down the road.

We then traveled to an RV resort we have been in many times. In our 14 years in the road, we think we have been here at least 7 times. We have several friends here as well. Phil we have known since we lived in SE Alaska almost 40 years ago. Last fall Phil and the family lost his wife, Jeannie from cancer. Well, then we had just found out that Phil was diagnosed with cancer too, Phil, helped Kent to do the major modifications to our truck to carry our Smart Car about 5 1/2 years ago. He is a dear friend. So we stopped by to see him. He also had a project for Kent to do. So you can see the picture of him overseeing the work.

We also had a former colleague from WorldVenture here. Doug and his family are such a testimony to us. They served with WorldVenture in Congo and left during the wars years ago after being threatened at gun point for their lives.

Doug even served as our boss for several years. He was preaching at a church nearby, so of course we wanted to hear him. And Doug had just lost his baby sister at 54 year of age, to something in the brain. She was healthy and very active, playing with her teens and suddenly collapsed nd died. This us sooo hard for a family to deal with this sudden inexplicable death. Doug had a great message about “ Casting all our concerns onto the Lord.” It was good for me, as well as very appropriate for their situation. It made our visit with them so sweet!

After our lunch with Doug and family, we decided to go visit the ocean. I LOVE the ocean but we seldom get opportunities to see it. Since we were only about 20 or so miles from the beach, Kent indulged my love!

So you can see a picture of me on the beach near the water, and also one of my in sandals and bare feet and Kent in his shoes! He really doesn’t like sand between his toes!

We then had a few days to rest! Yes, actually rest. We are parked in some beautiful evergreen trees nd are walking each day among them and around this RV park. My body is feeling refreshed from all the work this summer on the farm and my soul and spirit are being refreshed from more time in God’s word and good songs!

I also got to catch up on some correspondence. And time to write this blog.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Leaving the farm

September 24, 2020

Kent’s brother was here for three weeks. After the sale of mom’s things his brother got busy sorting through piles and piles of photos.

Now you have to realize this is not your everyday parents photos.. this was three generations, as great grandma and grandma had also lived here at the farm. We even found a wedding certificate in German and immigration papers, as well as hundreds if not over a thousand pictures Brothers and sister worked on this huge task. It took about a week.

Kent and his brother also decided to put a new roof on the pump house for the well. We had some extra steel laying around that was new, due to putting a new roof on the barn last summer! So they used that and put on a new roof!

Kent’s brother worked for an entire week on sorting pictures. Kent and his sister helped as well. In the end they threw few pictures away. He even found some museums that would use some of them, as well as many first cousins appreciating pictures of their parents when they were young. So fun seeing these and thinking of a less complicated era!

We also did have mom out to church and to dinner several times.The last time, it was a gorgeous day and we had fish and chips on the patio of a restaurant by the water. So nice! when we stopped by last evening to say goodbye, she cried but Kent and I prayed with her and that helped.

We also said goodbye to our friend, Ed. Telling them both we will be back..but it is hard as you never know if you will see them again.

On this collage you see a bearded young man, that is our nephew and his girlfriend. Also our neice and me. There is a picture of the smoke, we had for several days because of fires, and even a eerie one where you can hardly see the sun. A special picture of the three siblings( one brother who still works out of state wasn’t here) with mom at the restaurant.

There is a clear picture of our mountain nearby and… the rainy one indicating the weather as we left! I also got to take mom out for a lunch and a visit with some friends. She loved that and so did I!

We had a good and fruitful four months here, it was a very busy time and full of lots of hard work. We were glad to do it, but also now very glad to go down the road for a little rest!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More work at the farm

September 12, 2020

Well, we thought we had a buyer for the farm as we had earnest money, so we had to get in gear to sell mom’s possessions. She had told us to do it but just in case we called again before the first estate sale and verified. She said yes, sell her things.

So we had a Friday and Saturday sale and the. The following weekend we had a Saturday only sale. Lots of stuff was sold but what was left went to a local thrift store where we and mom have donated to and bought from in the past many years.

Kent’s brother who is still working and couldn’t come because of Covid issues with traveling etc. He arranged to get his old car picked up by a truck hauler. That happened and we saw that car go off to him.

I cleaned the house afterwards as the first sale was actually mostly in the house. Then Kent and brother Ron( who returned to help with the sale etc.) went through pictures and other papers. There are a few items to deal with still from the barn but most is dealt with.

We are very tired and are planning on leaving the farm end of September. Most of the work to prepare for sale is done. We pray that someone who can love this farm as mom and dad and the family have done, will buy it. Lots of good memories here for our family and many others too!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

At the farm

August 14, 2020

We all continued to work around the farm and seeing mom at least once a week. But the day came when Kent ‘s brother and wife had to leave. We hated to see them go but knew they had to get back to their live at home.

These pictures above are from some last visits with mom and family. Fun memories!

See the old picture of mom we found. It was enhanced by a friend of mine!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers