Archive for December, 2019

Continuing to celebrate Christmas

December 30, 2019

We next flew to our son’s family that moved to Baltimore, Maryland in August. They bought their first house and we were very excited to celebrate their first Christmas in it with them! This shows several houses and theirs is the one with the evergreen trees on both sides of their walkway! Teresa was glad to get some beautiful trees on their property!

Also Josh had started a house project and we extended our stay to help with that as well. It was sooo great to see their new neighborhood and even meet a few neighbors. They also had a new family member, a dog named Gibby. He is an American Staffordshire Terrier and a sweet, gentle spirit. He also seemed very patient. In order to welcome him, I even Gibby his own Christmas stocking and had treats in it too! Of course!

We started out on Saturday by getting some tools the men would need. Also a Christmas tree! On Sunday we went to a farmers market under US 83. It was the last week until spring. We all were fascinated with the men that grew and sold micro greens. He gave all us samples and we enjoyed them so much Teresa bought a container for us all to enjoy at home. We also went to the Inner Harbor area and walked around a bit, saw a Christmas market and had lunch at a local renowned restaurant called” Miss Shirley’s “. That was definitely fun!

Then we tackled the demolition of the basement area. Josh and Silas had done some, but Josh and Kent now tackled it with fervor.

Silas and I worked on carrying all the stuff outside and piling for disposal. Wow, it was quite a chore! And all of us were tired at the end of that day! Teresa kept us going with delicious food! Here is the pile when were finished!

After this day, we cleaned up and went to a church close by that had a Christmas Eve service and we got a family picture.

Christmas Day we enjoyed sleeping in and after a delicious breakfast, we opened our stockings and presents, including Gibby!

Grandpa and Silas built a graham cracker gingerbread house. Looked really nice but it was fun to hear them planning and putting it together. The day after Christmas we also had a treat of all of us seeing the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the first time. For me, it was very first aquarium as well. We enjoyed that and after stopping for something to eat we went to see a street where almost all the houses are decorated. The street was closed to cars and people were walking around admiring the scenes and lights. Fun!

We did make 5 trips to the local dump to get rid of all the trash we removed from the basement. That cleaned up Josh’s backyard of that trash! It was a “real ” experience going to a city dump. I don’t believe I have ever seen so many seagulls in one place before and this picture only shows a very few of them!

Teresa, Silas and Gibby all left the next day and drove home to see Teresa’s family. We and Josh continued working on the basement. We took off to go to church on Sunday morning but tried to get as much done as possible. We leave tomorrow morning and Josh goes back to work for a few days. But much was accomplished in a short time, as well as fun family times too! We know Josh will still have much to do, but we were so glad to help during this time!

Again a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2020.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Here is a short video of our time together!

Celebrating Christmas with our daughter and family

December 26, 2019

We also got to go with them to deliver gifts that they bought for a local underprivileged family. That was a fun thing to do together too! It was sweet to see Ivan starting to understand this to see the joy on this family’s faces!

We have had a wonderful time with our daughter and family. We were able to celebrate in several ways. I have always wanted to see the Nutcracker ballet. Kara found a dance school that was presenting it and in a way that Ivan could attend and be able to enjoy it too. He even got to meet the dancers and even go on stage with other children to try dancing too. Ivan wasn’t too crazy about that idea though he did it.

We did get to take him to the Children’s Museum! That was a blast to watch him wanting to show it all to us. It was very interactive and he wanted us to see it all. He loved pretending to be a fireman and building a track for balls to roll down. It was great fun!

We also got to a babysit Ivan one evening, which was such fun. We played games and read some books to him, But his favorite book this time was a book that was a read along! He laughed out loud at that book!

We also really enjoyed going to his preschool and meeting his teacher. And then being able to see his Christmas program. Ivan is a bit shorter than his fellow students so it was a challenge to see him, but he was waving to mommy as almost all of them did! How very cute! Ivan is the last one on second row.

Kara cooked a delicious turkey dinner one night as well. That was also fun to be able to share with both Nick’s brother, Alex who came by for a short visit and Kent’s first cousin Shirley who lives near by.

Of course we did have some gifts to share. Ivan had fun opening first his Christmas stocking, and then each day we were there, he opened a gift. He was so excited!

We also got to see our former neighbors and that was a treat!And in the middle, Kent’s retirement which was fun too to have Kara and Nick there as well. So this was more than Christmas trip, this year! We are so grateful for the wonderful week with Kara and family!

Celebrating and grateful,

Jan for Roaming Reimers

Please enjoy more pictures on this short video:

Saying Goodbye

December 19, 2019

We flew to Denver a few days ago. We have been having a wonderful time with our daughter Kara, her husband Nick and their now 5 year old son Ivan.

Today we had another wonderful day, but it was also a bittersweet day! Why bittersweet? Kent is officially retiring from our mission WorldVenture. So we went to the office for the last time as staff and we were able to talk with many people there. The Mobilization team had a very honoring lunch for us as we retired! Our daughter and her husband were invited to come too, which was very special as well!

Here is the group! We were given some very thoughtful gifts, including an ornament with a battery operated light in it. We were told it was to show how we have shared the light of Jesus to the world! Oh, wow! That was sweet!

We went back to the office for a bit more saying goodbye to others. Lucy, pictured here with us has been a coworker with us all of our 15 years with WorldVenture. We have really enjoyed knowing nd working with her. She sat with us for a bit more of a visit. She has been a rock for us with us being on the road. We appreciate her very much along with our other colleagues.

We also had one evening meal with another colleague! It was so fun and sweet of them to be remembered like this and we know that God will show us what to do next and where, just as He has all these 40+ years!

Grateful to God and the WorldVenture staff!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Thanksgiving

December 18, 2019

I absolutely love Thanksgiving! I love everything about it! Well, that is the traditional Thanksgiving, not really what it has become. No, we don’t do the shopping and we don’t even do the football games. But we often start baking and also putting up decorations and play Christmas music and relax!

45 years of Thanksgivings have found us in many places! When our kids were still at home, in Pa and Kansas City, Missouri, we would always try to find someone who didn’t have anywhere to go and invite them. One year we even had a homeless guy who had turned up on our church’s doorsteps. We also had families of missionaries and friends over the years. Also when Kent and I were first married we went “home” to my parents one year then another we went to where they had moved,. And later on I hosted my parents a few years.

Our years in Alaska, as we pastored we hosted many people and even had a church wide dinner. In Brazil, we always were with our missionary families. And it wasn’t a holiday there, of course..

And since we went in the “road” , in our RV, we have had holidays in many different people houses and in ours with others from time to time.

We always love when we can see our kids anytime over the holidays. This year it will be for Christmas instead! For Thanksgiving, we make our own meal and it is just us this time. But we called family and friends for nice long phone conversations.

What I love is the traditional food, Turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, delicious homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, and of course homemade pumpkin pies with some whipped topping, homemade if possible! Since Kent is now dairy and gluten intolerant we make these things with some adjustments, but I do as much as I can from scratch as that way I really know what is in it too! But I enjoy the whole process. I

This year I actually grew in a garden our squash that I used to make our pumpkin pie! It made it much more delicious!

Another thing that I love about Thanksgiving is that is a remembrance of what God has done for us. The first Thanksgiving between the pilgrims and native peoples was just that. As the pilgrims were glad to be alive and starting to prosper in this new wild land. They were glad that their crops had grown and given an increase and because the Indians had helped them, they had a feast together. This event has often been misconstrued to be something not as history has recorded it in William Bradford’s diaries of those early years. He was the governor of that first pilgrim colony near Plymouth, Massachusetts. Take a good look at this history. These pilgrims were brave and courageous people as they came here for religious freedom and to govern themselves apart from despotism in England! Very interesting!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Plymouth_Plantation

This year I decided to thank personally with a hand written note the people who have stood by us and supported us financially over the years of our missions ministry…over 40 years. It was a busy month to hand write notes and I must say my hand got tired as I do not write that many notes (over 130) by hand very often. But it was rewarding too! I thought back the many visits we had with these dear friends and the many ways they had encouraged us, prayed for us, done other things for us to help us stay serving the Lord in missions! It made me realize how very grateful I was to the Lord, for placing these people in our lives! And how I want to remember to speak encouragement into others lives.

I pray that you can relax a bit and enjoy the entire holiday season a slow down a bit and remember the true meaning of our holidays!

Kent and our meal!
I am still trying to figure out how to do selfies!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers