Archive for January, 2012

A little retreat to the desert

January 30, 2012

We are in Arizona in the winter time so we love going to the “desert” for a little break from routine. We were also meeting some new friends that we met a year ago that also have an RV like ours and a big white Volvo truck. We are sharing our life and God with these new friends.

Here are Kent, Dwain and a new friend in front of their trucks.

Kent and friends in front of the trucks

Dwain and Debbie had a really traumatic death of an adult son a few years back. They had shared that with us last year when we met. I thought that they could give me some help in knowing how to encourage my brother whose only son was killed this summer. They did. We had a great and restful time with them.

We also needed some time to “kick back” and relax. One day I sat in the the sun and read a book. It was great. Kent and I took a several hours long walk one sunny day too. The desert is basically west of us in Phoenix and so it is up to 10 degrees warmer than Phoenix. That makes it nicer when Phoenix is still in the 70’s. (I know there are people all over the country right now wishing they could have 70 degrees weather.) But the warmer temps are nice for a short visit too.

Here is a picture of our group and some others nearby. Our group are all heavy duty truck owners(Semis) pulling RVs of some sort. We were only about 12 of us. But sometimes other friends dropped by and that was fine. We had lots of time to sit and chat,sometimes in teh evneing by the fire and sometimes in the afternoon sunshine.

Heavy duty trucks in the desert

I also met a man while he was walking his dog. He was very interesting and afterwards Kent met he and his wife too. They are from a small town in Oregon that we had visited over 30 years ago. But we had wanted to reconnect with the people that we visited there. So this couple invited us to come and stay on their ranch as the people we were wanting to connect with go to their church. Small world! He also has a powered parachute. Several men were camping together and near us that had them and they would be flying on calm days at about 8 am. so we woke up several times to the motor sounds.

Powered parachute in Quartzsite '12

The sunsets were fabulous. I don’t know if it is because there are less buildings between us and the sunset or why they are so pretty, but they are. Here judge for yourself.

Desert sunset  Jan '12

Once in a Lifetime Experience

January 15, 2012

Saturday Kent had one of those kinds of experiences. He got a ride in a real Nascar race car.

A little background…when Kent he was 15-18 was a race car driver. Yes, he was racing before he legally could drive on the road. He was about to make some decisions about which way to go with it when God got a hold of his life. That changed everything for him and eventually he sold his car. And never looked back.

A few years ago I realized that he would enjoy riding in a race car, when we went to Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. It was at that time almost 3 years ago and that is when I saw this desire. So when looking for a present for Christmas and his birthday which is coming up Jan 31…I found this ride along opportunity and for half price!!

So I bought one for him and yesterday he had that experience. We went to the Phoenix International Speedway and had some friends meet up with us too.

We actually took our RV house as we were going to the desert to meet some other friends for a couple of days. Here we are parked on the infield.

There was a lot of waiting for the ride.

Waiting for the ride at Phoenix International Speedway

Afterwards with our friends Peter and Marlene checking out the car that Rusty Wallace races with.

Kent thought it might be fun to try it out.

Kent in Rusty Wallace's car

Check out the inside of the car.

Inside of race car

Cars seat, it looked to me like a adult sized car seat.

Car seat in race car

Then just when Kent and some others were about to get their rides next…someone had an accident. No, the person wasn’t hurt at all BUT it took time to clean up the spill off the track. But that gave all the people time to go and see the cars up close and check out the engine. Here Kent and our friend Peter are looking at the engine.

Checking out the cars engine

Finally it was Kent’s turn to go.

Kent hoping into the car

He was getting all hooked up here.

Kent getting hooked up

Then off you go and Kent got the ride of his life and loved it! I think it was his best Christmas/birthday present ever! I did get a video of it and will try to find a place to put it online and will let you know if you’d like to see it.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Wonderful Christmas 2011

January 7, 2012

We just got back from visiting our son Josh, Teresa and 6 year old Silas. Our daughter Kara and husband Nick joined us on our final flight into Detroit. We flew Christmas eve day and people were in a festive mood as we were. We were feeling very happy too.

We had such a fun time hanging out together. We adults had exchanged names and had fun finding gifts for $20.

Of course we also bought some gifts for Silas. He was about as excited over the winter coat as the legos. He is such a sweet and fun little boy.

Kara had our Christmas stockings that our family used while they were growing up. She brought them with her. That was a fun memory too. Yes we had some for all the newer members of the family too.

We went to church with them on Christmas eve. On Christmas day after our Reimer family time we joined Teresa’s family for their dinner. That was so nice of Teresa’s parents to include our family in their celebration. Teresa has 5 sisters and one brother and many nephews and nieces. So it was a full house.

Josh, Teresa and Kara and Nick all got an evening to go out together and Kent and I were thrilled to be able babysit for Silas. We learned how to play a new video game that Silas already plays well. Here Silas is showing Grandpa how to play.

We also got to celebrate Josh’s college Graduation with a special meal. After starting college in the fall of 1999. this was a great accomplishment. We just got a look at his diploma and he graduated Cum Laude. Way to go, Josh! Teresa is also only one semester away from her Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner. She still has a lot to do until graduation in May and she has a different job which also requires a lot of paperwork.So please keep praying for her this semester especially. We are so proud of both of them for their accomplishments.

Kara also was able to make our family’s traditional cookie, Peppernuts with all the kids. Kent pitched in also.

Kara and Nick had to leave to go back to Denver on Wednesday after Christmas, but we are so grateful for Kara encouraging us all to get together for Christmas.

Kent and I got to stay until after the New Year and hang out with the family a bit more.We were again with Teresa’s family for her dad’s birthday on Dec 31st. Since Teresa’s sister Jenny and Johnny with 4 children live next door to Josh and Teresa, we often had fun with their kids too. We went for walks, played together with legos, and even on a Wii games. It sure was fun and we would fall into bed exhausted at the end of each day.

It even snowed a bit for us to go out and play a bit. Silas and I even had a bit of a snowball fight. I am sure you can guess who won that one.

We are sooo grateful for our family and for all of these fun memories. Each time we get to be together is a very special, memorable time! We were reminded of what a treasure we have in that we have our family and we were able to get together. After the losses of this summer of my mother and then my nephew we realize afresh how very special these times are.

So I do pray that you had a good Christmas with your family and that you value each precious time together.

We pray that you have a Wonderful year in 2012.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers.