Archive for November, 2020

Thanksgiving

November 28, 2020

I just love this American Holiday! It is so fun and special with good food and usually time with family or friends. Since we had just seen our son and family and daughter is coming later, we were just us two.

We decided to do a Cornish hen instead and found a recipe from Emerill for Cranberry Glazed Turkey and we adopted it. Here is his recipe. https://www.emerils.com/126856/cranberry-glazed-breast-turkey

Kent grilled it and some asparagus. Very delicious! I also made fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy and of course fresh made apple pie! That was enough food for us.

We heard from our kids and even got some pictures. Ivan lost his first tooth. Josh and Teresa had family guests. Kent also made a headboard for our platform bed that he made earlier this month. Yeah!

We had a relaxing day and took some time to think about all of our blessings. Most importantly our savior, Jesus and our family and friends. We are so glad for all the many people who love us that are in our lives. Praying that you had a very Blessed Thanksgiving too!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting dear friends and family

November 27, 2020

While visiting Josh’s family we took off for a few days to go see some very dear friends. We have known these couples for over 40 years and have kept in touch along the way. For 6 years we all lived close and did a ton of things together like birthdays, couples retreats, card party nights and several parties at our house to thank these very special people. Two of the ladies have lost their husbands so our group is a bit smaller, but just as SPECIAL! Our friends Millie and Don who hosted us, also offered to host a meal for everyone to be together. She put together some of our favorite foods from the area too! As well as some that she had canned and frozen herself! Yum! Millie is a wonderful hostess and outdid herself in the meal! Thanks so much Millie and. Don too!

We also got to see most of Millie’s family. Those that live in the area stopped by and again Millie hosted the food. It was sooo nice to see how her family has grown up while we were gone. Fun times!

We also got to visit 3 of my brothers and three nieces and one nephew while there. These visits are good and very far and few between so I appreciate them even more! My brother Harvey and his friend were an especially nice visit! But seeing my two younger brothers, Ken and Steve was very nice too! A video of these visits!

We had only four days there. As we wanted to return to Josh and family for a few more days to finish the shed and a few other projects for Josh!

It is always so fun to see family and friends and this visit was a very special one. We are so thankful for the time with Josh and his family!

Love and gratitude,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting our son and family

November 15, 2020

We recently flew to visit our son and family on the east coast. We had very comfortable fall weather. Afternoons were warm enough to be in short sleeves.

We always ask if they have a project for us to help with. Since this is their first home that they have owned, Josh usually has something in mind! This time he wanted his dad and he to build a small storage shed to fit in their small backyard.

It seemed to go together quickly.

There are always lots of little things to do for me. I painted the floor keep moisture from seeping through and trim boards white… and finally the shed a beautiful red. All the time the guys were doing the harder work.

Here they are having Silas and me to help lift up the front side. Yeah!

After lifting it into place they had to put screws in to hold it. Silas is holding it so grandpa can put the screws in and a clamp.

I also did some trimming of bushes and other things that Teresa wanted. She and I picked up a big bag full of oak leaves as well. They have such a beautiful backyard view of a park that is full of oaks and other trees!

Josh had taken off work for the week but Teresa and Silas still had to do school from home. Teresa sometimes would study late into the early morning hours as she is working on a “mapping of data” project. So she can learn how to make her own research project. This is all for her PhD in Nursing. Her research will explore the ways that art can improve school outcomes for kids that have been exposed to trauma.

Teresa at her “at home” office!

Silas is in high school and it seems his favorite subject now is World History. All done from remote classes from his room with Gibby, their dog laying nearby just waiting for Silas to be done! They are so cute together.

We did have some time to enjoy ourselves playing some games, watching an a few old movies etc. It is always a privilege to be with them and when we can be of help, that is great too!

Silas is the cook most of the time. His mom helps often and she does the grocery shopping. So here he is getting ready to make nachos supreme for dinner.

We went away for a few days and then came back to finish things up. We got a lot done while together! We do try to get a family picture while together as well.

We flew back to our place in Arizona. And we will rest a bit before starting to work on our place again. It is always so good to see our grown children and be able to help them too!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Another sad goodbye

November 4, 2020

A week ago we got a call that I was NOT ready for! Our dear friend Ed, had passed away! He had been doing ok but then got pneumonia and died sooo quickly!

Here is a picture of Kent visiting Ed this summer. Because of Covid-19 we could only visit through a window screen. We were able to take an ice cream treat for his birthday.

When we left Washington, we would call him each Sunday. Two weeks ago he seemed ok and quite talkative and interested in life! So when I couldn’t reach him on the phone this past Sunday, I contacted his family. That is when we found out he had pneumonia and was on oxygen. I was very concerned but had no way to call him… then he passed on Tuesday. It was a sad day for me and for our family! We will miss Ed on this earth! He was like a father and grandfather to us! Sigh😢

A little History. Ed, was someone that Kent has known for 60 years! When Kent was 10 years old, Ed was his Sunday School teacher. Ed and his wife Goldie were never able to have children and so they adopted other people into their lives. We were privileged to be one family that they adopted! They prayed for our family every day! That was such a blessing and privilege!

Our relationship got even closer when Ed decided to go on our team to Mali, W. Africa in 1993. Our team helped to build a church and Ed also built cabinets in a missionary’s house. He was a wonderful addition to our team!

Ed with Kara and Josh in Mali, W. Africa in 1993

He was a terrific cabinet builder and overall contractor! In these last years he sometimes would show us some of the things he had done, like a deck here and remodeling there, and totally rebuilding their house.

Ed and Goldie came to see our family in Pennsylvania in 1992 and also in Missouri in 1998. Kent and I met up with Ed and Goldie several times on short trips in recent years. They came to see us in Spokane, WA and the four of us all went to Banff National Park together. That was really special! We would always spend time with them when we came to see Kent’s parents as they all live in the same area!

Pictures from our times with Ed and one of Goldie and Ed by her side!

As Goldie got older she was declining! Her memory got so bad and then worse as she was falling all the time! Eventually she went to live in a home for people with memory issues! It was terribly hard on Ed, to give up caring for her but it was so physically and emotionally demanding that Ed lost so much weight and his health was jeopardized too! So he would go to visit her at least three times a week. As she stopped communicating he still would visit. He was such an example of love and godly commitments to all who knew him!

Last winter, Ed fell in his home and after hospitalization and rehab went to live with Goldie in the same facility and even the same room! It was extremely difficult for him to not have the freedom to get out and do more. But he gradually grew stronger and was able to walk around the facility and even stand alone. It was so fun to be with him and see how he improved.

He even bought a new iPad and we were giving him lessons through the window of his facility. He was learning and asked questions about things he was doing on the iPad, his mind was still very alert! He challenged us, as he took life challenges in his stride and God was still teaching him things! He would talk to us about his pastor’s last sermon.

Ed was such an encouragement to anyone who knew him! I do know I will see him in heaven someday! And I know he is no longer encumbered with the worries of this world! He is at peace with the Lord he loved and served! But Ed, I MISS YOU ALREADY!

Lovingly yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers