Archive for the ‘Celebrations’ Category

What are you doing these last few months?

May 23, 2020

Well, most of us have “stayed at home” as requested by our president and governors. We did too, although with a twist!

I wrote earlier here that we bought a 1983 mobile home in a mobile home park. It was in GOOD shape but could use some updates. It is only 2 miles from our RV home so, we sheltered there as well as our RV every day. We went daily to our mobile and worked there for 8-10 hours. The former owners left almost everything needed. All the furniture, linens, dishes pots pans etc. They also left some paint, don’t most people. so we used that up and when needed went to Home Depot a mile from us for supplies. Also open and doing a HUGE business in paint at this time!

First off, Kent installed good Thermopane windows and trimmed them out beautifully inside and out. Then the trim was painted as well. We also repainted all the kitchen cabinets and installed a unconventional backsplash. We painted the entire great room walls.

I stripped the wallpaper AND THE GLUE from the master bathroom walls. It was a Arduous and messy job, BUT it is now done! It revealed some really ugly wallboard behind.

Kent did many smaller jobs as well as putting in shelving in our master bedroom HUGE closet. He made the entire closet into a great storage area!

We were able to sell the king sized bed and bulky dresser that took up too much room in the master bedroom. The. Kent took off the paneling chair rail and then repaired the walls where the builders had cut huge round holes in the Walls to install outlets and fixtures. The removal of paneling was easy, but the repairs took a lot more work. After several layers of plaster, sanding and then finally painting, we are done for now! But I do like the way it looks now!

We never had trouble sleeping during this time! We were too exhausted at the end of each day for that. We were able to attend our church service, in fact we went to two most Sundays. As we went to our church service in Washington and here in the valley of the sun!

We also were able to internet attend a dear friend’s memorial service on Friday. He was 91 and died of a stroke! He was a special friend and very open about his relationship with Jesus. We miss him but know he is in a much better place with the savior he loved and served.

So we are done for now! We are leaving on Monday to go to greener places! We got a lot accomplished and have a little more to do when we return. But it was so good to have a project to work on.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A video of some of our work. The first pictures are of Kent visiting the former owners and how they had decorated their house. It looks quite a lot different now.

Celebrating our 45th Wedding Anniversary

May 16, 2020

Yes, we are celebrating being married 45 years! It sort of feels unreal as that still sounds like our parents and not us! Hah! But it is us! We had a wonderful trip planned for this event but due to Covid 19 it was cancelled.

We are going to be able to go OUT to eat though as we are in a state that just opened it’s restaurants for dine in! So we will still have a small celebration and I will enjoy someone else cooking.

I made several collages of some of the pictures over the years. It is easier than a movie, sooo. Enjoy them!

Jan, for the Roaming Reimers

Short Video of my mom

May 14, 2020

Opps, I do have trouble getting this blog all together sometime! Here is the video. Again no audio until at the end where there is a picture of my parents graveyard and a wind chime ringing nearby. I was grateful that my niece visited my parents grave last week and caught this on camera.

Something positive in these days!

April 5, 2020

3 years ago I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer! This doesn’t sound too positive, but keep reading please! To say it was a shock, is an understatement! I have had 4 of my siblings die of cancer within 2 years of their diagnoses! So that was a great shock and quite hard to hear!

On April 6; 2017, I had my surgery and started on my recovery! And the first blessing was that the cancer had not spread to other organs. And it was not deep in the lining of the uterus so, I DID NOT NEED any other treatment! Yeah!!! Our daughter and her son, Ivan age 3 came to help for a week after my surgery and it was such a Blessing to have them. It was a special help to have Ivan as he distracted us from the seriousness of the cancer.

I had to see my dr every three months for blood work etc for the first 2 years. As some of you, who know my husband and I live in a recreational vehicle full time and have no other house nor storage anywhere…So after my 6 week check up, we were free to travel and we went to the Northwest as we have done for the last 13 years.

I was able to get a referral for a dr in Seattle from my cancer dr in Phoenix. I loved this new dr too and she treated me soooo well too! My appointments have gone well and eventually I was able to go to every six months and then ever year as I do now. If the blood work numbers go up, beyond a certain point I have to have another blood test, which happened last fall! But thankfully it was ok and things are continuing to progress well!

So the positive news! I am ALIVE! My siblings that had cancer are not. Yes, their cancers were different than mine but… the fear was still there! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE AND HEALTHY!

Oh, yes I did have the flu recently. And it might have been Covid19. There were not enough tests available when I was sick so it was not diagnosed. I was very sick! But compared to dying of cancer…what is the flu? Or even Covid19?

I do pray that you ARE healthy and that you are finding blessings during this coronavirus time!

Stay healthy and share your positive thoughts and prayers with others!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

My husband’s birthday

February 13, 2020

We all have birthdays every year, but I wanted to do a party of some sort this year….as when Kent turned 70 this was no party..

Kent’s birthday started out like most of our birthdays do now..at Denny’s restaurant that gives you a full Grand Slam for your birthday for free.

Then we did some computer work and afterwards went to a new place for $10 off our lunch. We had a great sandwich and enjoyed that so much. It was a new place for us called Liberty Market in Gilbert.

Then we went across the street to Joe’s Real Barbecue Restaurant. We went to the outside to order to go, we had just eaten lunch! They even wrote on the top” Happy Birthday.” How sweet! We took it home to eat another day!

Next was the party and it was combined with another friend whose birthday was two days after Kent’s. So we and a bunch of friends all met at our friends the Winters house. It was fun and we forgot to get pictures.. so here is a collage of the few we did get.

Well, I think Kent felt celebrated this year!
Love you, Kent
From Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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 and 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