Archive for September, 2018

We had a fun time visiting!

September 29, 2018

After our momentous arrival, we have had a blast with Kent’s brother Ron and wife, Jan. We have done so many things with them.

So we enjoyed the sights around Lexington, Kentucky as well as the fun things we did together! We ended up staying longer than we had anticipated because of rainy weather and wanting to see our son and family one more time before heading west.

Lexington is a Horse town! I have loved horses since I was a little girl and my family had a few of them!  The 450 horse farms around town are beautiful and scenic on the rolling bluegrass hills. The area is just so pretty and makes me feel so refreshed as we drove around with Ron and Jan.

 

 

We also got to see the Thoroughbred Park downtown which has life sized horses running a race. Apparently the town used to allow a race through downtown, so I think this commemorates that. Anyway, just looking at these lifesized figures makes you want to be on one of these animals in the race! I could almost “feel” the horse under me as I looked at these figures.

 

 

We also happened to be there when Keeneland racetrack was having their September sales of horses. We got to go there for that as well as seeing the horses train on the track as well. This was not the time that they were racing just now.

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After seeing Keeneland one day it was a pretty day so Ron took us to a lake, with his jet ski. We all got rides before it started raining. It was exhilarating! Can you see how hard it rained on the guys for the back window of the truck.? You can hardly see them as they were tying the tarp down.

 

 

They also took us to a play one evening. That was a fun date night!

We did get to see their two daughters..but missed their son and all the 4 grandsons. But we were grateful that their daughter Julie who lives further away had a reason to come to town. Yeah! Great to see all of you!img_9790img_9753

We also stopped in a fifty’s style diner.. Burgers, fish, fries and shakes. We each had something delicious and in the end had no room for the shakes or floats. Ohh so sorry!

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It had all kinds of signs around that reminded us of our youth and the cars that were used then. And the one about Indian motorcycles reminded us of Kent’s parents now in their 90’s, when they were dating.. Fun!

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We mostly hung out together and talked, visited and just enjoyed each other. The guys did a lot of talking about finances and also all the jobs they’ve had over the years. Who knows when we would be able to do this kind of visit again? It was a real treat!

Thanks again Ron and Jan. It was such a fun time!

Gratefully,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Driving to Lexington, Kentucky

September 27, 2018

We left East Tennessee after several days and we were driving to Lexington, Kentucky. We were here for a few days visit with Kent’s brother Ron his wife, Jan and the family. We have visited them many times over the years and always have a great visit.

This time we were bringing our RV house and Ron had found a small campground close to their house. That was great as we had stayed over a 30 minute drive away at the Lexington Horse Park one time, 9 years ago. While the Horse Park is a beautiful place to stay, it is a long way from where they live.

This small @ 19 sites campground actually is only rented out certain times of the year. We happened to be coming when it was available! Yeah! So Ron made arrangements and we arrived.

When we looked over the sites…they were all on grass and it had rained. So the ground was very soft! We were a bit reluctant to get on it, but Kent planned that he could back in. He tried to and was having some trouble and tried two times… the second time he got stuck! The truck started to slide down the side of the road!

Sooo, Kent called his brother, Ron and asked for his help. He brought some board, shovels and his truck! So they were doing things and another Rver came by and offered to help pull us out too. So both of them hooked up to our truck which was still hooked to our RV house. Here is the video of them helping us:

I do not know why this video is upside down here,BUT if you hit play it is right side up… please play it for your enjoyment! I have tried to fix it but can’t😚!

Thankfully we got out as you can see from the video! And eventually Ron and Kent got us parked! We were so grateful for the help! So we are here for a visit! And glad to be parked for now!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Leaving North Carolina in front of Hurricane Florence

September 24, 2018

We left North Carolina about the time Hurricane Florence was hitting the coast. We went over the mountains and ended up near the Smoky Mountain National Park. We had Sunday there so we went to a very friendly and sweet old time church. We enjoyed being there and hearing the gospel preached!

We then took a day to drive around the Smoky Mountains. Beautiful scenery and a peaceful day! We saw a lot of old houses and of course lots of mountains. It was a bit hazy but still beautiful!

One of the things I liked about Smoky Mountains National Park was it was entirely FREE! Apparently the folks that donated some of the land..which I understand was there ancestral land…wanted anyone at any income level to be able to come to the park anytime! I loved that and what a heritage they left! I felt very relaxed and lifted up in my soul after this day! Thank you Kent for taking the day off to do this!

On our way to the National Park, we drove right through Chestnut Hill, Tennessee where we saw the Food processing plant for Bush Beans and the visitors center. So we decided to stop for the video and to see the visitors center. It was so nice. I liked the attitude of the Bush Family staying in their home area and helping and employing the local people. How nice!

Check out the video of the park too!

 

It was a nice quiet stay!

gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Some other friends come to visit

September 23, 2018

We met Ruth and Mike in Arizona as we both owned the same make of Fifth wheel and pulled them with big white Volvo’s.. it was so exciting for us to meet someone in the same model of RV and living on the road too! We seemed to hit it off from the first day. We have kept in touch and visited them once on the Oregon Coast and once before at their house in North Carolina.

Since we were close by, we wanted to see them and so also invited them to come to the same RV Park. They were willing to do that. Ruth has been through a very traumatic and scary health situation this past year. After having both knees replaced ( at the same time) she had a heart attack and the subsequent heart vale replacement within a few days of the knees. She looked good for all she had had to go through. I was glad she felt well enough for the drive to where we were.

We visited and they had brought soup,  Ron muffins and peach pie for dinner so…very thoughtful! The next day we co tinted visiting and also went back into Asheville when Ruth thought she would enjoy the trolley ride around town. I think we might have pushed her a bit, but we did ride and got off a bit too.

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They did come back to our place for some more visiting. It was great to see them again! Ruth, hoping this year is a much better one than last year!

Grateful for friends!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

And some more visits with dear friends, we are blessed with a lot of them!

September 22, 2018

Sooo another great visit. These friends Logan & Eileen we had met in Bristol at our church, 42 years ago also. They had moved back home many years ago after several company moves. So now they lived near Atlanta, Georgia. They always loved to camp… so I suggested we might be able to camp together, they liked the idea sooo that is what we did!

We reminisced about our one camping episode with them years ago, that ended a bit short as we were tenting it and the neighbors at the campground were more than noisy! Hah,

I picked a place this time that was a drive for them but less for us, near Asheville, North Carolina. We had a great facility but Hurricane Florence decided to come near us. We were blessed that we weren’t in the heavy rains while together though.

Again it was a great visit, but felt TOO short as we had not seen them for 9 years. They took us to Asheville and we all did a city trolley tour. It was a jump on/jump off kind of thing. We had a fun time going from site to site. We got to go to the Grove Park Inn, which is a fabulous resort where many famous people have stayed. We had lunch there and really enjoyed that as well!

So another great visit and sorry to see it end. Hoping we can see these guys somewhere”along the road” in the next few years.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting friends and supporters in Tennessee

September 22, 2018

We lived for nearly 3 years in East Tennessee while Kent was getting missionary pilot training. It was an adjustment for Kent and I but we not only came to understand some of their customs but came to love the people and be loved by them. Our little church that we attended supported us as missionaries for many years. We made many long lasting friends that we treasure and still keep in touch with!

We always get to see and often stay with Larry and Yolanda. We have known them too more than 40 years. We always have a great time with them. We did get to go for a nice walk around a river. It is such a beautiful part of the country too!

And this year Kent had a bit of a maintenance issue on our RV house while we were there. Larry, his help and his tools were a huge help with that project too! Larry also arranged for a place for us to park during our stay…at a campground across from the Bristol Motor Speedway. The brother and sister who own and run this campground were so sweet and kind to us.

Kent did get to speak in our supporting church as well and we saw some of the people we’ve known for that long too! There were also a family that had left the area and then came back.. so we got to see them and their adult kids too. All of which we haven’t seen for a long time too!

I also got to visit with another missionary friend. Joan and her husband were the missionaries that welcomed us to the field in Brazil. Her husband passed away many years ago now. So I had lunch with her to catch up. She is the age that my sister would be (who went to heaven in 2000). And very like a sister to me too! It was a special time with a dear friend!

Grateful for great friends! And these long term friends!

Blessed,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More great visits with dear friends

September 21, 2018

This next visit was with friends that we met 42 years earlier. When Kent was training as a missionary pilot so were these men as well. Jan and Jim invited us and the other couple, Don and Claudelle to come and have a mini reunion at their home.

It was so fun to be all together and sharing what God had done in our lives. We had all visited each other some over the years but since we were from different parts of the country all three couples had not been together in one place for 42 years.

We did drive around to see the airport where the guys took their training and even Jim worked there for many years as well after some time in Brazil doing missionary flying. We drove to one of the local earthen dams and right by where we had lived for 2 1/2 years. Our little old house had been torn down and nice log house replaced it. It was fun to see the old neighborhood though. We also drove to see how the downtown had changed since we lived there. Not a lot had changed , although some different businesses in the stores than we had known. And everywhere we went we would stop and chat a bit as well.

Our time with the others came to a halt much sooner than I would have liked but we were scheduled to speak in our church there that had supported us for many years. So way too soon, Kent and I were leaving these dear friends again. Don and Claudelle stayed a bit longer and I was so glad they were free to do so.

God blessed us all with a wonderful fun time.. I only regretted not being able to set off fireworks as a bunch of the students had done at Don and Claudelle’s house many years earlier…

We are so grateful for these dear friends and maybe when we all get to heaven we will get to hear more of the stories of their lives as well.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Renewing acquaintances

September 20, 2018

42 years ago we met two couples who were also studying to be missionary pilots. We really loved these couples and have kept in touch over these intervening years BUT we hadn’t all been together since then..

So knowing that Kent and I would be in Tennessee where I thought they both lived near each other.. I contacted them to see if we could have a mini reunion. I had planned it in another city from where we had all lived, but when they got back with me..one of the couples had moved back to our original city where we had met and the guys had studied. Wow, and that couple even invited us all to come to their house to visit there. It was a little like when we all were there 42 years ago..without kids and just learning a lot of life and missions.

So that is what we all did. It was so fun to stay together and to hear the stories of the other couples and their lives since. We have maintained some contact but all of us hadn’t heard the way God had worked in each of the couples lives. It was interesting to hear and some of it was sad, as there were many hard thins the one couple had had to go through. It was so wonderful to hear of God’s healing and blessings on them since.

We also went to places around the town that we used to go to and just some places of interest and to the airport where the guys had studied.

I must say that I was sad to leave them all but we know we will see each other I heaven someday if not here on this earth. It was a wonderful time and thanks Jan and Jim for hosting us!

So grateful for these special friends!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Discoveries about my family

September 20, 2018

A few months ago I made a discovery about my father’s family… they have been here since before 1701. I found an old will dated from 1701! I was so excited about this and other discoveries that I was wanting to find at least some of the graves of more recent family members on my dad’s side.

I also had found out that my grandfather had 25 siblings. There were at least two mothers and possibly three. But he was the oldest of the family… and something must have happened that caused a rift in the family… as I had never visited and hardly ever heard of any of my dad’s uncles and aunts…and as he had plenty of them something must have caused this problem.

So we found my grandfather’s grave..I did know him a little but we were not close.

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My great great grandfather’s grave and his wife’s

One of the Mothers of those 26 kids.

We also were able to find a great uncle.. one of my dad’s uncles.

He just passed away in 2013. I was so sad to realize that I could have known him but because I didn’t realize he was even a relative I had no opportunity to know him. It was an exciting day though and I will keep looking into my family history. Somewhere I am sure there is a preacher or missionary in my family line somewhere. But for the most part they were farmers and I also found an Inn keeper that had an Inn in the early 1700’s.

I also went to visit my parent’s and sister’s grave, all at the same cemetery. It was nice to see their graves are being cared for.

My sister’s grave.

My maternal grandparents are also buried at this small country cemetery.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Lancaster county, PA

September 17, 2018

I was born and raised near this area. This summer we had the privilege to live in the midst of farms and Amish families and beautiful old stone houses and barns. There was a barn we drove by most days that I thought was a beautiful example of the old barns of a this area…most that date back to 1800 and many to 1700 and some even earlier. I love history and had fun enjoying the history of this area again!

We lived where we heard the clip-clop of Amish horses taking their owners to and fro. It was a scenic and peaceful place.

Our last Saturday in Lancaster County, our hosts took us to show us around. They took us to see Zook’s Chicken pot pies, Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn, September Farms, Stoltzfus Meats , through a covered bridge, and an old Roller Mill and even to an Amish horse auction! We had such a fun day and ended our day by eating at Diener’s restaurant. I made a video of the pictures taken all summer that show the beauty of this area.

Please take a few minutes to enjoy the scenery and historic buildings! The last picture is of our host and hostess. Thanks Pam and Lee!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers