Archive for October, 2011

Today is my birthday.

October 31, 2011

Yes, my birthday is Halloween. When I was younger I used to wonder if I was a trick or a treat? I finally asked my mom and she said, “of course you were a treat…you were another girl to help me!” So that settled it for me.

I was born in a small hospital near Elizabethtown, PA where my family lived on a small farm. My father was working in the state of Maine and because of his job he did not get home until after I was born. He always felt badly about that. I am the 8th child in my family and only the second daughter. So my memories are of our life in rural Pennsylvania.

First grade

Birthdays growing up were always full of family. And Halloween wasn’t celebrated too much not like today. I do remember begging my mom to let me go trick or treating one more time when I was 12. I did! We kids would use bed sheets and old clothes to dress up and then we would go walking around to the neighbors. It was safe and fun.

This is a family picture taken when I was in 5th grade. If you aren’t sure which one I am…I am wearing the headband.

The first time that I remember having a birthday party was when I was 16. And I actually had two parties. My best friend from high school gave me one with my church friends and my sister gave me one with my school friends. That was particularly a treat for me!

After I married Kent, he did something very special for my birthday that first year. I had to go to work that day. I wanted to do something special and Kent acted like he wasn’t too sure how things would go. After work, he said he had a surprise. He took me to some friends house where we had a nice meal together and then he took me into their garage. Well, he had made me a cedar chest. I had told him that I’d always wanted one but our family was too poor to get one. It was very special that he made me one! I had it until we moved into our RV house and now our daughter has it. I treasure that gift. It was indeed a gift of love.

One year when we lived in Brazil Kent had bought me some beautiful gold earrings. They had three little hearts on them, one for Kent and each of the kids. Very sweet!

When turning 40, my girlfriends in PA had a party at a restaurant for me. Those friends have been good friends for life. Four of them have been my good praying friends for over 30 years. I treasure them all.

Close to my 40th birthday.

The day of my 50th birthday I will never forget! Kent and I were on our way from northern Colorado to visit a college in eastern Wyoming when a freak early snow storm hit that area. We were on the highway and in Cheyenne we saw all the big trucks getting off the road. Kent said I think we should too and I readily agreed. It was ice all the way on the highway. We were both glad to be anywhere but on that road. It was good to be in a motel that night for sure. Even the next morning when we proceeded to the college there was still much ice on the roads.

BUT what I didn’t know was that Kara, Kent and our church in Kansas City were planning a huge birthday party for me a week later once we got back to Kansas City. I was so shocked when they surprised me. I think you can tell. (I’m the one in the middle with my hand on my face….)

My 50th BD surprise

My cake.
50th BD cake

I was having a hard time because we were getting ready to move to Denver. We had lived in KC for 9 years and it was very hard to leave. So the whole church was invited. I felt so encouraged by all those dear people. It was a very special “present” to me.

On a sober note, this year I am turning the same age my dear sister was when she passed away. She was 11 years older than me and I have now caught up with her. It is a bit sad and weird to be her age. Also with my mom passing into heaven this summer, I feel a part of me is gone too. I miss Esther and my mom so much and this moment made me realize it that much more.

Here is a picture with Esther, my mom and me and Esther’s daughters. This was taken in 1988 right after we returned from Brazil. We were all gald to see each other again.

So this year while we were in Oregon, Kent took me for a special “early birthday” treat. It was a corn maze! I had just told him I wanted to do one someday. Well, you have to do a corn maze where they grow corn! So we had to do it early, as there are no corn mazes in Phoenix, Arizona. Here is the picture of the maze we did and the web address as well.

In looking at this maze the lines are the trail…so it shows how intricate it is. It was a fun day and I had not realized how intricate and confusing those mazes could be. It took us 2 hours to go through it.

Kent and I went out to eat on Sunday with some good friends here in Phoenix to celebrate this year. We all had stuff to do on Monday so that was fine with me.

We went to Outback Steakhouse with a gift card. I got the gift card from the staff at camp SAMBICA for working for them this summer. So it was fun and nice to remember those friends too.

And this morning, Kent and I went out to eat at Denny’s for breakfast. It is free on your birthday! We will also join our church’s for their “Trunk or Treat”event. That is where the church folk bring their cars and open the trunks which they have full of candy and decorated for Halloween. Some of the people dress up too.

Now I won’t tell you which year this is for me…some of you may be able to discern but I am holding out to allow for you to figure that out. But I do hope you have as good a day on your birthday as I had one on mine. Hopefully you are a treat to your family too! God has certainly blessed me with a loving husband, great children, family and many friends. I feel so grateful for the life that God has given me.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

PS For those of you who knew we struggled to get to Phoenix , God gave us a safe trip in. Thanks for caring and praying!

A Long day on the Road

October 27, 2011

We had quite a long day today. We left the RV park in Pahrump, Nevada at exactly 9am as we knew we were to have to drive a long way and Kent was to meet a pastor at 4 pm. So we got going about an hour earlier and had a good ride for about an hour.

Then Kent noticed that the slide by the door of the RV was starting to come out as we traveled along. It was coming out about 4 inches as we traveled down the road. He stopped and fixed it and then it happened again and again and again. Until Lunch at 12:30. Kent called the factory and the guy gave him some hints of what to do. He did that and we prayed that would fix it.

Along the way we had to take a different route than planned which added another 1 1/2 hour to our trip. We had a quick lunch. We then found ourselves in construction traffic and stopped two times for about 20 minutes… So by now we were getting pretty close making the 4 pm time, but thankfully we did and no more incidents of the slide coming out.

These kinds of things happen when we are traveling but rarely. I finally told Kent I felt the God must really want him to meet this pastor. It seemed that we were feeling a spiritual oppression. Sometimes though we are slowed down for other reasons too. We tried to be patient and seek God’s wisdom with all of these small delays.

But I can’t tell you though how glad I was to stop for the night. We are dry camping at the church where he met the pastor. Kent went to his meeting and I lay down for a little nap. Sigh!

We went through such interesting scenery today. I will “show” you some of it. I was snapping pictures through the windows so sometimes a bit blurry but I think you can see how pretty it was.

Interesting swirls on these mountains.

Mountains in the foreground.

This cactus is called Ocotillo. It looks like a stick at first and then gets the green leaves on it and then on the end comes a pretty orange flower.

This cactus is a Saguaro, pronounced (Sue-wa-row). they can get very large even to having about a ton of water in them at 9 feet tall. They usually get their arms after about 60-70 years old. So one like this is very old!

Saguaro cactus

This road was called Joshua Tree highway. There was a forest of these cacti along the road. Very interesting!

Joshua Tree highway

We did arrive with 10 minutes to spare and Kent had a good meeting with the pastor. To end our day we were able to see these mountains as the sun was setting. Beautiful! That is one of the ways God reminds us that He is in control of our lives. I needed that today, maybe you do too. Thank you Lord!

Desert sunset on the mountains

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Moving to the South West

October 24, 2011

We have been moving along down the road. We left the RV park in Oregon where mornings often saw lots of fog like this on the mountains.

Fog at Sutherlin, OR park

But by the afternoons, it cleared off and we even got to see the wild deer that were very much at ease in the park.

Deer at Sutherlin RV Park

This one was more curious about me than afraid.

Deer at Sutherlin

And we got to see this beautiful Maple tree now autumn colored red. I always look for these trees as they are so pretty in the fall. You can see the fog finally lifted. I get to really appreciate that tree.

View form our RV in Sutherlin

As we left we traveled through a variety of scenery.

Scenery Fall '11

We moved on through northern California and into Nevada. We have ‘boondocked” or camped with out any electricity, water nor sewer hookups, but we also have been in a RV park or two as well. We don’t mind doing the boondocking as we have a tank with water in our RV house and we are always at home.

We are in a RV park now. We are both doing some much needed jobs. Kent is working on his weekend presentation for a church in Arizona the first week of November.

I am trying to sort out all of our stuff! I started by emptying our “basement” and thoroughly vacumming it. That hasn’t happened for about two years. I sorted through most of the boxes but Kent also had to get involved in that. Then we rearranged and put the boxes back in. Much neater now!

Basement all neat Fall '11

We know that once we get to Phoenix, so many other things pull at us that we don’t get these things done…so better to work on them now. We need to “lighten the Load” every once in awhile. How about you?

We do take time out for a walk every evening. We have seen some very beautiful sunsets. Here is one for you to enjoy.

Desert sunset Fall '11

May God bless you in your life!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Today is our daughter-in-law’s birthday…

October 15, 2011

Happy birthday Teresa! We are so blessed to have such a very wonderful and caring daughter-in-law. Teresa has now been a part of our family for about 8 years now. We love and appreciate her as a daughter-in-law, as a good wife to our son, Josh, also as a wonderful mother to 6 year old Silas. She is also a great sister, daughter to her parents, good friend and a dedicated Nurse and good student too. WOW! Can you tell we are very proud of her and so grateful for her in our family? Josh did a good job of finding this wonderful young woman to be his wife.

Here are a few pictures of Teresa over these years since we have known her. Enjoy!

When we first met Teresa in 2003

We took Teresa to see Elk in Colorado in '05

Here are Teresa a few weeks after Silas was born

Josh and Teresa a few weeks after Silas was born in '05

I love that she loves our son so much!!!

She has such fun and enjoys life so much. Here she, Silas and Grandpa Kent hide in a tree in Vancouver, Canada.

This was taken during our family Thanksgiving in Denver in ’09

Teresa loves to do fun things with her hair. She did this in the car on the way to a cousin’s wedding. She is talented.

Here is a picture of Teresa with Josh and Silas this summer. We sure were so grateful for a wonderful visit with all of our family this summer.

I wish we could be with you to help celebrate your birthday…but I do hope you know how very proud of you we are! We sure do love and admire you, Teresa.

Happy Birthday from Mom and Dad Reimer
And Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Kent speaking in Oregon

October 11, 2011

Kent preached in a church here in Southern Oregon on Sunday.

Kent at Pine Grove church 10/11

He has spoken at this church several years ago.

Pine Grove church 10/11

Our friends that we have known from our days of living in Alaska go to this church. Phil and Jeannie have been friends for more than 30 years. Phil and Kent used to fly together in SE Alaska. We have gotten to know both of them better in the past few years too.

Here they are from our visit last Thanksgiving.

Phil & Jeannie Teel 11/10

Jeannie isn’t here this year as she is in Alaska helping to their daughter and family. I do miss her but I am glad that she can be with her kids and grand kids. I understand that desire for sure!

We will be seeing some other friends that we met in Alaska on Wednesday. In the meantime we are getting some “office work” done. Kent has been preparing for a conference that he has the first weekend of November. I am trying to catch up on many things that I allowed to let pile up, while I worked this summer.

We are seeing mostly cloudy, rainy days…BUT if the sun shines or even if the rain stops, we jump up and go for a walk. Fall in the Pacific Northwest is very rainy although still beautiful. I can enjoy these rainy days to get things done “indoors.

May God Bless you today!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Farewells and old friends

October 7, 2011

Kent and I said our farewells to our new friends at SAMBICA Camp last week. It was hard but we do hope to come back next spring.We are so grateful that we made some good friends here too this summer.

Before I left though I had one more project to see accomplished. My boss helped me to get an old pond filled in with dirt and I wanted to see it planted. Here is what it used to look like:

Pond before filing in with dirt

So even though Monday was rainy, I was ready to plant. So I went out in the yellow rain gear and boots that you see me in here. I understand that is what you have to do a lot here in the Pacific Northwest…

Planting flowers in the rain

So here is my job when done…these plants will grow to fill in this area. Should be very pretty in the spring.

Pond area planted

I got pretty muddy by the end of the day but was very proud of getting that job done. God gave me the strength and I give Him the glory for all the flowers planted and how pretty the camp looked this summer. I was a small part in helping to make it pretty.

So after saying our goodbyes…we took off. I knew that we were going to be able to see some good friends that we have known for over 30 years. We were excited to see them. We met this couple when we were all young almost newly wed couples when our husbands all did aviation school together. We had a great time of catching up with Don and Claudelle.

Don& Claudelle

Kent and I also had a special time with the other couple we had met in Tennessee at aviation school. Jan and Jim had come to Seattle this summer. The three couples were pretty close when we all were at aviation school together.

Jan and Jim in Seattle

It struck me today that we have shared much life with these friends over the years. We knew each other before any of us had children. And now between all three couples we have 8 children and so far 9 grandchildren. So much has transpired in our lives in all this time. We do not see each other very often but one thing we do hope is that all three couples can find a way to see each other together the next time.

So in reflecting on this it made me realize that we have to visit and be in contact with good friends whenever we can, as life and time just flies by us and these relationships are what matters most.

May God bless you.

Love Jan for the Roaming Reimers