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

Ketchikan, Alaska

October 17, 2019

After those wonderful days in Thorne Bay, Alaska we hopped on another float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week. We were here to visit the church we helped to establish 35 years ago. We have been back to visit but not for over 20 years. I wanted to visit those who remembered us and our old neighbor too. We were hosted by a couple that Kent had trained when they were starting with the mission and we also caught up with another couple that he had trained at the mission headquarters more than 20 years ago!

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Ketchikan and all of South East Alaska is a very transient society. So only one couple still knew us from the 80’s. They arranged for us to have a car and meals with different people in the church. They also hosted us and we got to catch up with them about others that were mutual friends. After several hours that we so enjoyed, we left them and drove around a bit to see what was different in the town.

Ketchikan is still a relatively small town but has tourism as its main industry now. When we lived here is was fishing, logging, pulp mill and salmon cannery plus some tourism. Now they have sometimes 6 huge cruise ships in in any one day. It makes a smallish town overcrowded during the hours they ships are in town. But it is a industry that is keeping the town going at present. Again God gave us some beautiful days and we met some wonderful new friends.

The church built a new building since when we left the in 1983, and we have seen it before but it was special to be back there. Calvary Bible Church is doing well and we had met the pastor and his wife before so it was good to see them again.

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We also had a nice gift from our hostess. She worked at a logging exhibition show for the tourists.. she got us free tickets to go to one. That was a fun treat and afterwards we stopped to get a halibut fish and chips lunch!

Kent and I also got to visit some people from the church as well with our friend. We used to do a lot of visiting when we pastored the church so it felt like old times!  We also met with all the people that came through our hosts house which were many. They’ve  reach out to loads of different people in the church and community. He works as a coach and teacher at the local high school and she used to teach too. He also works on the dock for security for the cruise ships part time. And they used to run the mission’s camp outside of Juneau. So they have lots of contacts in the town.

We also got to see our dear friend and neighbor, Jean. She and her husband were such good friends and we have kept in touch with our newsletters and visited when in town. I knew Jean was a widow now and I was so glad to see her and we even had an hour or so to visit. She is doing well for her age.

 

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

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