Archive for November, 2018

Shock

November 19, 2018

Do you ever have a phone call that shocks you to your core? A few days ago, I got one of those kinds of calls!

Our dear friends, Steve and Shirley we had dinner with last Monday night. We had a wonderful visit and despite many health concerns over the years and even a serious eye problem for Steve, he looked good. They were planning for the future and very excited about a new adventure they were embarking on. We had a great visit!

Not even two days later, I got a call from mutual friends, explaining that Steve had a massive stroke in the night and wasn’t expected to live. He passed away a few days later!

I am still in shock and I can’t even possibly begin to understand the shock and unreality it must be for the family! I cried that first day every little bit. I just couldn’t get past the image of him looking so good on Monday night… several other mutual friends called us to make sure we knew about Steve and to pray for Shirley and the family!

Steve was a wonderful godly man! We have only known he and Shirley for about 4 years. Steve taught our Sunday School class at the church we attended in Phoenix. They were such a great couple to minister to many around them! Steve had a passion for teaching and he did a great job teaching on the book of Revelation. He loved his family and it showed in their respect for him as well. He was retired when we met him but he told many stores of his life and how he did his job to honor God as well. They started to support us financially a few years ago, which added another dimension to our friendship!

We know for sure that Steve is in heaven and with the God he loved and served. BUT we will miss him , as we know many will, especially Shirley and his family! Please pray for them as they face the holiday season without their dear father, husband and grandfather!

When things like this happen in life… I try to remember to love my family more, and not take for granted any day. I pray that you will treasure your family especially during this holiday season!

Hurting tonight,

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Celebrating our grandson’s 4th Birthday

November 17, 2018

We got to help celebrate our youngest grandson’s 4th Birthday! We met up with the family in Arizona where they had come to see some of Nick’s family. We were so blessed to have and day and half with them. Nick had to work so Kara, Kent, Ivan and I had fun! We went to the science museum. It was was great fun and Ivan found a lot of things to show grandpa! Such as laying on a bed of nails, dancing metal flakes to music, kicking digital creatures etc.

It was fun having this time with them! We met up with Nick and had a delicious Ethiopian meal and a free tiramisu for Ivan’s birthday meal with us! What a wonderful blessed treat!

Arriving in Arizona

November 15, 2018

We arrived in Arizona one day before my birthday. We like to be close enough to a big city to enjoy the free things to do. Did you know that on your birthday you can have a free grand slam at Denny’s? All you have to do is show I’d that had your birthdate on it! We also went to Mimi’s Cafe for a buy one get one entree.. and Red Robin for a free burger if you sign up on their website! You should try it sometime? Look on the internet to know what you have to do to qualify!

Then we wanted to visit with several local pastors. Kent had lunch with one in Benson. We both traveled to encourage the pastors and their wives in Bisbee and Douglas, Arizona.

Douglas is on the border and even a border patrolman went to the church. It was and interesting conversation with him! These churches are doing well but all pastors can use some encouragement.

While driving to these towns we went through historic Tombstone! We stopped and walked the streets and saw the historic buildings etc. when silver was discovered nearby a town grew rapidly. It was once many thousand people here some sites say as many as 15,000. There was a lot of the “old west” feel in the town still. although a much calmer town than when the gunfight took place here between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton’s and others. Check this site out to know more about the town.

http://www.tombstoneaz.net/the-history-of-tombstone.html

We also saw the town of Bisbee.. it was also a mining town but instead of silver it was cooper. It was still being mined into the year of 2000, but has now been abandoned. The town is a bit of a eclectic artisan community now and it seemed to me to be struggling to keep alive. This link will give you a little history.

https://westernmininghistory.com/towns/arizona/bisbee/

Since we were going to visit and encourage pastors and their families,.. we didn’t do a lot of sight seeing, but we did stop to take some pictures of the mine and from the pictures you can certainly see the bright copper color in the soil.

Grateful,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling through Texas panhandle and New Mexico

November 14, 2018

As we drive along we see the changing landscapes. It is so nice to be up high in our big Semi-truck cab as we can see things that much better! These past few days we saw the farming land, with cotton, corn, soybeans and some wheat being the prominent crops. We also did pass a few herds of cattle.. after all we did go through the panhandle part of Texas too and they are known for the “longhorn type cattle” there.

We also passed a “wind farm” which consisted of hundreds of modern wind mills, most slowly turning. I am certain that we passed by maybe a thousand of them. we stopped at a rest stop that also had typical wind mill used to get cattle water in the field.

We also have seen solar farms… that of solar cells that are used for gathering solar power for cities.. as the solar cells were huge and many of them!

We started to see the desert vegetation as well. We have seen sage bushes, alive and dead for many miles and now We also saw some cactus plants and lots of Yucca and mesquite, Pablo verde, and creosote trees. These all show up in the desert landscape. We only see Saguaro cactus…that is the big ones with “arms” at certain altitudes and usually closer to Tucson and also in Phoenix. These are what most people consider the “typical” cactus. And they only grow in this part of the world! No where else! They are protected here in Arizona. Interesting!

This short video shows some of the scenery that we saw as we drive through New Mexico.

Enjoy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting another of Kent’s cousins

November 11, 2018

Cousin Connie and husband Steve have supported us for years as well. They are in the process of moving to New Mexico. So we stopped in to see them there. The first night we went to a nice East Indian restaurant and I really enjoyed that food! Again the conversation flowed and we didn’t lack for any silences! We haven’t seen them for about 4 years so we had a lot to catch up on.

Steve had to fly on Saturday so after we hosted a breakfast at our house, we all rode with Connie to take him to the airport. Then we stopped by to see the Petroglyphs Park. That was awesome and it gave us some exercise while we visited! We stayed another night and visited with Connie again all day. It was so nice to catch up a little on their lives too! Again grateful for supporters and also those who are family!

The second day we were hanging out with Connie we went to downtown Santa Fe again. We had a coffee and walked around and went to see if the beautiful Catholic Church was open so we could see the inside. Unfortunately we got there too late to see the inside, but we walked around to see the prayer garden around back. There was a couple there that asked us to take their picture, which we were glad to do..and afterwards we got talking. Wow, their adult son had just died of cancer and they were grieving but also celebrating his life. They showed us picture of him and his beautiful amazing art work. We also could celebrate with them and also grieve for their loss. We prayed with them and felt God was in our presence with all of us! You never know when you will meet someone who needs encouragement and God dropped us in this couple’s life at that moment. We came away blessed by them too! Awesome!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting Oklahoma City

November 2, 2018

After visiting our friends near Tulsa we wanted to stop in Oklahoma City. Anytime we have been close to Oklahoma City before I have wanted to see the memorial to those who were killed in the bombing of the Federal building in 1995. It was about two miles one way walk for us from the Bass Pro store where we parked for the night.

We had a great night for walking and it was good to get the exercise too. The memorial was beautiful and well done. The rows of chair type memorials to all those slain, apparently is lighted at night. There were 168 killed and about 680 injured. One third of the building was destroyed. Many buildings around it were also highly damaged. There is a partial wall available to see. Because we had walked, we didn’t have enough time to see the museum and walk back before dark, but I will try to do that the next time I get there.

It was neat to see how the city was calmly looking for healing in all of this very sad event. There were many pansies planted all over. Since I am a flower lover , I know that pansies are for remembrance, besides bringing joy in the colors. The fence that is decorated with all kinds of memorabilia from the survivors and others around the country had some very particularly moving objects on it. I couldn’t help but feel how I’d feel if my loved one had been torn from my life like that.. But again the sense of healing was here too! It amazed me and moved me.

Awe inspiring and gratitude for this great country that we have and the way Oklahomans have healed from this terrible national terrorist act. I loved seeing this!

We also got to see the memorial to the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889 to unassigned lands. These were lands that did not be,one to Indian tribes. It is amazing how the Oklahoma City started and grew from that day into a small town quite quickly, Amazing piece of our country’s westward settlement. We aren’t sure but have heard that there were some of Kent’s relatives may have been on this land rush. Anyway, the park that commemorates this was within a short walk of where we parked..so of course we stopped by there too. These more than life sized figures on horses se courageous men and women.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Staying in another town’s park

November 1, 2018

We drove on the next day and ended up staying in another small town’s park near the state line with New Mexico. Kent went to the only store nearby and bought us some ice. After we had dinner we walked around two miles around the town.

What a treat and surprise, when we looked out to see the couple we’d met in Elk City also came to this little town’s park and were parked nearby. How fun! When we awoke in the morning, there were several others in various RVs around both of us. Another free spot that we all appreciated. Our sunset this night was beautiful!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers