Archive for the ‘Celebrations’ Category

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

Sharing a birthday with a special friend

September 14, 2019

Ed, and his wife Goldie have been friends of Kent’s family when he was young, Ed also was Kent’s Sunday school teacher as a child. So he has known them for years. Ed and Goldie were never able to have children because she had MS many years ago, but we were the blessed ones as they sort of adopted our family! They love our kids, nd grandkids too.

A few years ago Goldie’s mental condition worsened and Ed with the help of hospice nurses found a great place for her to live. Goldie has wonderful caregivers and Ed visits her three times a week.

He had broken his hip in March and had recovered well, but had a knee on the same leg that gave him a great deal of pain and made it very difficult to walk much.

We knew Ed’s Birthday was coming up and we wanted to do something special with him. When we asked him, he said that he would like to take a drive to see Mt Baker. Mt Baker is the local snow capped mountain that is about one hours drive from where we are living. It is 10,781 feet but the fact that it is so close to the coast.. it is a massive mountain with its base starting at almost sea level. It actually has two mountains, with Mt Shuskan on the east side of Mt Baker. It is a beautiful drive and with good weather you could see a long way.

At the top of the mountain there is a place to park, but no place to get food so I packed a picnic lunch and the picnic tables were hard to get to, sooo we ate in our car! Also once we reached the top we saw a dozen old cars there. When we got out to stretch our legs we walked over to look at them. They were all Dodge Brothers cars( early Dodge cars). Ed and Kent knew about them and as we walked around and talked to the owners we found out they were having a rally and had decided to drive to the top of Mt Baker too. It was fun for Ed to visit with these folks too as they enjoyed these old cars together.

You can do some climbing and hiking at the top and most do. And Ed and his wife Goldie have many times. But today Ed was content to look and see.

It was a wonderful day for this drive and a special friend to spend this time with.

Happy Birthday, Ed!

A video highlighting the ride and the mountain!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our wedding Anniversary

May 17, 2019

We just celebrated being married 44 years! Wow, some of those years went so fast! It is hard to realize that we have been married that long!

This year, we asked our dear friend Ed, who has been married 72 years to go with us for dinner! His dear wife has been in memory care for 5 years now and for several has not talked. He got news this week that she might not live much longer and was a little bit discouraged. You see he is ready at their ages, both in their 90’s to see her die but she had deteriorated rather quickly in the last month. About 7 weeks ago, Ed broke his hip, so he wasn’t able to visit her three days a week like he has since she was placed in this facility for memory care. He was in the hospital and then rehab in the very facility where his wife is in the other wing, then home to recuperate. At his age, he is amazing!

So our anniversary was in trying to encourage him. He and his wife are strong believers in Christ and are ready for heaven when the time comes. They both have been a great testimony to many people and our family is especially privileged to have known them. Kent met this couple when he was ten years old and Ed was his Sunday School teacher. They weren’t able to have children and sort of adopted us and our family. They visited us over the years in several of our homes and Ed went with our family to Mali, W. Africa on a missions trip. They prayed for us every day, and that means so much! Now we pray for both of them each day too!

So this year our anniversary was really about encouraging a dear friend! He always encourages us!

A pic of us, taken fairly recently

We had a very Happy 44 th Wedding Anniversary!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Yea! Two years and counting…

March 22, 2019

Two years ago I had the unexpected and unpleasant news that I had CANCER. I had not been feeling well, I had some unexplained pain, so had seen a dr. When she told us the news, I was stunned! I try to eat healthily, exercise and other things…but still I got the diagnosis of cancer.

During a week or two after that I prayed a lot and thought about alternatives and how I wanted to pursue treatment. I remembered that the four of my siblings that were diagnosed with cancer ALL died within two years of their diagnosis. I wanted to have a different outcome…

I found a good GYN/Oncologist and after seeing her felt good about the total hysterectomy that she suggested.. My surgery was April 6, 2017. When all the tests came back that other organs were NOT affected by the cancer, my dr and Kent and I were pretty positive too. I recovered from surgery but still feel that I have less energy than I used to. Oh well!

So today it is two years since I got this diagnosis, and I am CELEBRATING, first that I am ALIVE and HEALTHY! Also celebrating that at this point my cancer is in remission! I wish I could say gone, but there re regular blood test checking for cancer cells and I have been diligent about doing those.

THOUGHTS FROM THIS JOURNEY:

I try to live each day with gratitude for that day!

I try to be kind to everyone I meet, even if they are not kind to me. Who knows what they may be dealing with?

I want those that I love to know it…experience my love for them and not ever wonder about it.

I am planning for a future and I have hope that I may live a long life.

I try to tell my husband and my loved ones that I love them very often!

I pray that, you will be aware of some of these things too and learn how to live life with gratitude for every day! There is so much to be thankful for!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

My husband has a birthday

February 8, 2019

Kent had his birthday a few days ago. Usually we are at a conference in Denver this time of year but not this year! This year we were in Yuma with two couples that are special friends.

Dwain and Debbie went out with us for steak for Kent’s birthday

and Sid and Kathy came for a meal at our house. I told you about meeting Dwain nd Debbie.

Let me tell you about Sid and Kathy. We have known them for 39 years. We all met in Thorne Bay, Alaska. Then they came to stay with us in Ketchikan. Kent used to fly to Thorne Bay almost every week to do a Bible study there, which turned into church. Sid and Kathy used to host him. If the weather was too bad to fly home, they would take Kent hunting or fishing. Also Kent spent some time helping them build their log house there. Kathy and Sid now spend the winter here in Arizona and have lived many years in an RV too. So we also had lots to catch up on.

I had sent our emails and texts to people asking them to send cards for Kent’s birthday! We got a ton! I was so encouraged to see all those kind notes of how Kent had affected many people’s lives over these many years. Thanks for all that participated!

Happy Birthday, Kent,

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Christmas

January 9, 2019

Our son, Josh called us a few weeks before Christmas and invited us to join his family for a Christmas trip to Knoxville, Tennessee… we were going to see a play there called “The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph.” Sooo we overjoyed to join them first in Michigan and then driving with them and celebrating Christmas in Knoxville, Tennessee. On our way to Knoxville, we all stopped to see Kents’s brother Ron and wife and had a delicious dinner with them before continuing our trip.

We all got to explore Knoxville together. Checked out a craft fair and Farmers market. We saw a man playing a drum that he’d made at the fair. Teresa had found us a nice house close to a neat park that we enjoyed a long walk in. Our weather was so nice for the whole time too! We all helped make some peppernuts, a family tradition cookie.

And Silas made us an apple pie for our family dinner. So we sure had a great time together and enjoying a Tennessee Christmas. And the play of course, was a highlight. It was fun to have some VIP seats as Josh and Teresa have some strong connections with the play’s director. It was a very unique view of the Christmas story. We enjoyed but forgot to take a picture😒!

We also got to spend a little time with Teresa’s sister’s family and children too. You will see a picture of the four nieces at a table where they were coloring a butterfly. And also Ari showed me a little finger play. We have known these kids for their whole lives and love them too! It is always a joy to be with our family!

Our daughter Kara and family were with her husband, Nick’s family for Christmas this year. We do thank God for the many years we have celebrated Christmas with our children in many different places. I put together a short video to give you a small idea of our family celebration.

We pray that you also had a good Christmas and will have a wonderful Happy New Year!

Gratefully,

Jan for Roaming Reimers

Thanksgiving

November 26, 2018

What a blessing it was to be in the Northwest for the commissioning of our dear missionary candidate and friends, and then we were able to drive to be with Kent’s parents and sister’s family for Thanksgiving!

After our weekend with Brad and Sarah for their commissioning, we drove to Seattle on a day when we could see Mt Rainer

We got to spend the night with our dear friends Bruce and Melody, where we had parked our RV last summer. It was great to get caught up a little with them!

The next day we drove past Seattle and on to where Kent’s parents live. The weather around Seattle was a bit more typical for fall with a bit of fog over the city.

It always renews my spirit to see all these beautiful tall evergreen trees! I just love the Pacific Northwest so much. I feel closer to God when in a forest or garden, so this place is special to me!

We had Thanksgiving with mom and dad, Kent’s sister LeAnn, husband Ken and her two grown up kids. Her daughter and husband both were there an us! So it was a full table. We got some of the food from the grocery store and some LeAnn cooked ahead.. so we did have plenty and mom got to sit and enjoy the company instead of trying to do the food. It was great!

We also got to visit another dear Friend Ed and his wife Goldie( who is in a memory care facility). It was so fun to hang out with Ed in the evenings as he lives alone now.

We ended our trip by overnighting with a first cousin of Kent’s and his wife..before heading to the airport for our trip home. We are so very grateful for this visit.

We realize that mom and dad are ha big a harder time with life now but are content with their situation. We pray for them and all the caregivers!

We pray that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s