Birthday and gardening

My husband Kent’s father turned 93 last week. Wow! Dad R looks so good. He still has a huge garden. They eat out of it and share some with us but dad has a ministry of his own. He grows lots of vegetables for the local food bank. He really loves doing this. Maybe that is the reason he is doing so well at 93 years old. Kent’s sister LeAnn and I were there to help celebrate dad’s birthday.

Here is his cake. IMG_0733


Dad had said a few weeks ago that he wanted a yellow rose. So I set out to get him one. We found one at a nursery not to far from their home. We got  it and dad was going to plant it. I will have to see it when we next go for a visit and to help them.

Kent has been very busy administering the NorthWest office. He helps in managing the staff and visiting pastors and candidates. There are lots of meetings and phone calls as well. It had been quite a different summer for him but he is enjoying the change too.


I still have my little garden and it is growing. We have even eaten out of the lettuce and spinach even though the leaves are pretty small. Small but delicious. My flower garden had nothing in it when I moved here. Looking pretty. IMG_6957


This week I had time to go to the neighborhood coffee time on Thursday.  I am slowly getting to know more neighbors. Most of the folks here are a bit older and have limited economic means. It seems to be a place where a positive word is always needed. I try to do that and give a testimony to God as well.

Kent’s sister LeAnn and her husband Ken have a house about 5 miles from where Kent’s parents live. LeAnn and Ken want to sell this house. So us girls have gone a few times to see the parents but to work on their house.   IMG_0717

First we did weeding and mowing, then more weeding and cutting back tall blackberries and hauling away of all the bramble. This week we will go back and see what else we can do. Perhaps some inside painting.  There will be new flooring needed and some packing of their stuff still there. And when not working at their house we will check to see if Dad or Mom Reimer needs something done.

Before Weeding

                                                                                                          After weeding.




Dad’s garden a few weeks ago before weeding and after, now you can see the potatoes and find the spinach as well as lettuce. Raspberries in the background. I love all this produce and so enjoy helping mom and dad as well.



I have loved doing these kinds of things to help my (Kent’s) family. It has been a busy and full summer already.  We can hardly believe that it is half over. The garden has grown a lot since this as well. Dad got a new hoe that is pretty good to use. He enjoys that.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers


4 Responses to “Birthday and gardening”

  1. LuAnn Says:

    Happy belated birthday to your FIL. It is wonderful to see someone turn 93 and still be so healthy. Terry’s father will turn 95 in a few months and is having some concerning health issues. We treasure the time we have with him.


  2. Rachel Says:

    What a wonderful way to help Kent’s parents and enjoy being outdoors too. So neat that he gives part of his produce to the Food Bank. what a great example is he! No wonder The Lord is blessing him with 92 years of active health! Glad you are there to help enjoy their company. And glad Kent is enjoying keeping the office running.
    Blessings from Rachel & Dick


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