Another very special trip, Thorne Bay, Alaska

October 16, 2019

In thinking of our 40th year in missions that we celebrated last year, we also wanted to get back to South East Alaska where we ministered and lived in the early 80’s. It had been about 20 years since we had been there so it took a bit of planning. We did finally have our plans made and reservations done and tickets purchased. We flew once again through Seattle and so were graciously hosted by Kent’s first cousin Denny and wife Jeri, whom we dearly love!

So flying from Seattle to Ketchikan and then hopping on a float plane, (similar to what Kent used to fly). We flew to Thorne Bay. It was a logging camp that then turned to a town. It was about 500 in the camp days with families living there and stores etc to care for their needs. We found the town some changed from our last visit. Still population is about 500 but only a little private logging going on. Some fishing and mostly tourism is the main industry now. Tourists one for an Alaskan experience of fishing and some hunting and some even hiking etc.

We got to stay with friends that we have known since we lived in Ketchikan. They now run a bed and breakfast so we had wonderful accommodations and great foo while in Thorne Bay! It was fun to hear about their lives nd even meet some of their family that lives in Thorne Bay too! They even leant us their truck so we could explore a bit.

We were so excited to see the church and meet the many new people there. The pastor allowed Kent to speak and he was well received. Pastor Ron and wife Mary were so wonderful and even hosted a bunch of us for a picnic and then a walk around a lake on Sunday. God gave us such wonderful weather and we loved that walk! here is a picture of the lake!

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And a picture of some of the group on the boardwalk that was our walkway part of the walk.

We really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We were so encouraged by our time with the people of the Church of Thorne Bay.

After 5 days we got back on a float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week there! We had even better weather flying back. This planes brings the mail and many other packages several times a day to Thorne Bay as well as passengers!

 

Here is a video of the beautiful Prince of Wales Island and especially around Thorne Bay. Just click on this link. Enjoy!

Helping dear friends and celebrating Labor Day

October 8, 2019

Our dear friends Bruce and Melody knew how hard we have worked this summer. So they included us in an invitation for a party at their house for Labor Day. Also Bruce knew that Kent would be a willing and able helper for some projects that he had and needed help with. So we went a few days early and were once again hosted very comfortably in their beautiful guest house used mostly for people in ministry!

They have been working on a pavilion in their backyard and that is done now. It is a beautiful one with the view of Mt Rainier in the background. But Melody has plans to make a Knock garden with evergreen plants.. (I think boxwood, but not certain) and she has four statues to put in that garden. Also she has plans for arbors and that is where Bruce needed some help. So the guys were out there working on these projects and Melody and I got stuff done for the party and also entertained two of their grandsons.

The party for their neighbors and friends and family was great! Bruce is a great musician and is a couple bands. One of the bands played for the party. It was fun to mix and mingle with all of their guests and hear the band. We had a fun day!

The men were not quite finished with their projects, so they went back to work on Tuesday and Wednesday and I think got done what Bruce had hoped. Look closely at the picture in the lower right hand corner and you can see Mt Rainer.

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Thanks, Bruce and Melody! It was great being with you and to help you again!

Gratefully,

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Sharing a birthday with a special friend

September 14, 2019

Ed, and his wife Goldie have been friends of Kent’s family when he was young, Ed also was Kent’s Sunday school teacher as a child. So he has known them for years. Ed and Goldie were never able to have children because she had MS many years ago, but we were the blessed ones as they sort of adopted our family! They love our kids, nd grandkids too.

A few years ago Goldie’s mental condition worsened and Ed with the help of hospice nurses found a great place for her to live. Goldie has wonderful caregivers and Ed visits her three times a week.

He had broken his hip in March and had recovered well, but had a knee on the same leg that gave him a great deal of pain and made it very difficult to walk much.

We knew Ed’s Birthday was coming up and we wanted to do something special with him. When we asked him, he said that he would like to take a drive to see Mt Baker. Mt Baker is the local snow capped mountain that is about one hours drive from where we are living. It is 10,781 feet but the fact that it is so close to the coast.. it is a massive mountain with its base starting at almost sea level. It actually has two mountains, with Mt Shuskan on the east side of Mt Baker. It is a beautiful drive and with good weather you could see a long way.

At the top of the mountain there is a place to park, but no place to get food so I packed a picnic lunch and the picnic tables were hard to get to, sooo we ate in our car! Also once we reached the top we saw a dozen old cars there. When we got out to stretch our legs we walked over to look at them. They were all Dodge Brothers cars( early Dodge cars). Ed and Kent knew about them and as we walked around and talked to the owners we found out they were having a rally and had decided to drive to the top of Mt Baker too. It was fun for Ed to visit with these folks too as they enjoyed these old cars together.

You can do some climbing and hiking at the top and most do. And Ed and his wife Goldie have many times. But today Ed was content to look and see.

It was a wonderful day for this drive and a special friend to spend this time with.

Happy Birthday, Ed!

A video highlighting the ride and the mountain!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping Kent’s mom around the farm and sorting

September 13, 2019

After our trip with our oldest grandson Silas to New York, we came back to Kent’s Mom’s house in Washington state, where our RV house is parked. Kent’s oldest brother, Ron and wife, Jan had driven their truck and camper to the farm. They had helped his sister LeAnn with Mom’s move to an assisted living place.

After Mom’s move, Ron was wanting to sort through papers and pictures to find proofs of Mom’s employment with the War Intelligence department during World War II. Well, it was quite an adventure and each day we found “treasures. ” we did find the poofs, which we needed. We also found many other precious things, such as love letters between her and dad and many pictures that we had not seen before!

Some of the old pictures and also a drawing of dad, done by mom!

We are enjoying this ” treasure hunt!”

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A very special trip

July 30, 2019

Back in the winter we started thinking about a trip we wanted to make. We wanted to take our oldest grandson Silas, to a Bible camp. We knew of one in New York State that Kent and I had met at. We talked with Josh and Teresa about dates and booked this camp for him in July.

So a few weeks ago, we first flew to Michigan and spent the night with the whole family. Then we drove with Silas first to Niagara Falls and spent the night there. We actually drove most of the day in Canada as it seemed a more scenic drive. We visited the Falls and stayed overnight in a hotel nearby then continued on our way.

Our second day of travel took us through the finger lakes region of New York and on into the northern area called the Adirondack region. We actually were three hours without cell signal so you can see it was a bit remote. We came to the town of Schroon Lake. This was another fun drive with Silas!

We didn’t have to drop Silas off for camp until 2 in the afternoon. So we went to a local church. We were hopeful of connecting with some old friends in the area. And we were able to! We had lunch with Silas and then went to drop him off, only to discover that we could also go with him to see the island as well. Sooo we did. After Silas went with his counselor, we got a tour of the island to see all the changes since we were there.

Kent and I met at the Word of Life Camp on their island 47 years ago., near the basketball court. After that I attended their one year Bible Institute as well. So we had lots of good memories here.

We went back and found our place for the week. We loved staying at Baker Street House, a wonderful bed and breakfast place and would highly recommend it to anyone. Debbie, our hostess was great and sooo hospitable. We often had breakfast on her large gracious porch enjoying the view of beautiful trees nearby.

Each day we went to The Word of Life Inn for Bible lessons. This week happened to be two men from Dallas Seminary. They brought us good lessons from Haggai and Phillipians. Our afternoons we did various things. One afternoon after having a an alumni lunch, we went on a tour of the Bible Institute campus and the way it looked now. Wow, many changes and a wonderful up to date facility. It brought back many good memories for me, as I loved my year of study here. Here is a link to tell you more about the Bible Institute :https://wordoflife.edu/

One afternoon several of the women from my class at the Bible Institute, is who lived in the area got together. That was so fun to hear about their lives since and about the joys and sorrows of all of our lives. I felt so blessed to have gone to the Bible Institute and got to know these women.

One day we drove over to the town of Ticonderoga where a Battle was fought and won by American troops during the war for Independence in 1775. We didn’t enter the fort area this time as we had many years ago. But the drive through the countryside was very pretty and relaxing!

Saturday morning we picked up Silas from camp and then drove all the way back to his home in Michigan. We all were eager to see his parents.

We all had a relaxing Sunday together. It was a good trip and so much fun to connect with our oldest grandson and son and daughter-in-law again!

It was very special to connect with my four classmates as well as hear my mentor speak for a short time. We loved the time we had with our grandson and also our son and daughter-in-law. What a blessed time!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Hey, what are you doing now?

July 9, 2019

Lots of people have been wondering where and what we are doing since Kent’s dad’s celebration of life. … well, we have been living in our RV house on their property and helping mom. Kent still does his work for WorldVenture from our RV and when he had spare time, he worked on a roof of one of the barns with a friend that was paid to organize and do most of the work.

If you look closely, you can see that the roof had totally rotted out in a large area there. So they had to do a lot of patching as well as replace the entire roof.

I helped to clear out brush from the other side of the roof up to about 10 feet high. It was a massive undertaking as well, but our friend and I did this so he could work in the the roof easier. I also helped my sister-in-law, LeAnn plant dad’s two gardens and we have been weeding, watering and now enjoying some of the produce. It seemed a good year to do this!

I have been trimming bushes, trees and generally cleaning up around the farm. Then when it was allowed, to burn all that brush I did that too.

We have also been helping to care for mom. We knew that Kent’s sister needed a break so we did most of the care, although mom doesn’t need a lot! So 2-3 visits a day to help her or to chat and to take her a treat of food that she likes. One day, we washed and packed up all of her mother’s dishes. Her mom passed away in 1985, so most of these dishes had not been seen since. We found one small cup that her mother had been given when she graduated from high school. So sweet!

Mom is in the process of moving to an assisted living apartment. It is hard to move away from your home of 60 years but now that she is a widow, she realized that she should.

We do have some other friends in the area. We also tried to help and encourage our dear friend Ed. His wife, Goldie is in memory care facility. Ed, is like a second father and a grandfather to our children and great grandpa to our grandchildren. We love he and Goldie so much so we were glad to be able to spend time with him and Kent even helped him sell some specially tools online.

What we will do and where we will end up… only God knows right now, we are trying to stay open to God’s leading in that! If you think of us, Pray for God to show us what else we should do,

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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