Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Saying goodbye to an old tree

June 30, 2020

Yes, that is right! A tree!

Kent’s parents moved to their farm in Washington state in 1959. There was a good sized maple tree was on the property then. Kent remembers that there was a chain around it ho,ding some the branches together back then.

We have parked under it for over 13 summers/ falls now. But the family have had many picnics under it, taken many family pictures under it in the past 61 years. It was a landmark in the community too.

I had warned Kent’s father about some insects we saw crawling around the ground and going up the tree several years ago, we had also seen some rot on one of the huge branches. So we knew that someday it would have to come down. While we were gone on our trip to see our son, a HUGE branch fell down. Narrowly missing our RV. In fact if we had parked 10 feet closer as we had in other years, we would have been hit and could have been killed in our bedroom. The electricity was ripped from the pole at the road and some damage to the barn in several places. We are SO grateful NO one was hurt as no one was on the property at this time. Praising GOD for that!

Well, first thing we moved off the property as much work had to be done! Kent, his oldest brother who arrived with his wife, and his sister and husband all worked tirelessly on restoring electricity to the property. It took two weeks and much work! Things had to be put in new as the old farm needed updating to certain codes now.

Also we have a good friend with a chain saw that also rented a boom truck to cut down the tree. I and my sister in law got rides in it too! We think the tree probably was planted in 1880 or around that. It was close to 150 years old. That is pretty old for a Maple. It was 25 feet in circumference at the base and the width on the top was about 100 feet across. As we cut it down, we found a ton of rot… so again grateful no person was hurt as it broke!

So I tried to get pictures of the process. It sure looks different on the yard now but… it needed to be done to be safe.

All three couples worked hard on this project and also our friend with his equipment too! We are now back on the farm and working in other projects and trying to keep it neat and clean. Mom got to come for a family lunch in her kitchen.

We found the chain, and the hook. The inspector came quickly and right behind him the electric company hooked up the power!

Grateful to God for his protection!

Many memories over the years of this tree!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping our son

June 29, 2020

We flew in masks to help our son on a total remodel of his basement. We had a real surprise when Kent’s cousin was our pilot! That was fun too.

Josh and family had been busy getting stuff done on the remodel but we thought we could help move it forward a bit and we like to help with projects!

This trip also included a special birthday celebration for our son, Josh. it is hard believe that he hit this milestone! Since there could not be any kind of party because of the coronavirus restrictions still in place. We took a day off and as Josh requested we all went to see the Naval academy at Annapolis. Again because of Covid, we could not do a tour but the grounds are beautiful and so is the city. We did get to eat out…literally outside but it was a beautiful though warm day. We all enjoyed being away from the project too for a day of rest!

I was trying to help Teresa out with ideas on her flowers, bushes etc.. and then I saw a wooden Adirondack chair that needed some work. I thought maybe I could paint it. But when Josh looked at it he realized that it needed more. Sooo with Kent and Josh’s help we took it apart and remade it into a firewood holder. Fun project!

So fun to be with Josh and family for a week!

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.

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!

A fun weekend with family

October 19, 2019

Our daughter and her son Ivan like to come to see Kent’s parents and now mom about two times a year. So we encouraged them to come while we were still parked here so they could see the us, grandma and the farm. And as a bonus Kent’s sister and husband too. So they planned a weekend in the fall. And we were very excited when Nick’s job had some training nearby the week prior so he got to stay and have the weekend with the family too! So another treat!

It is always so exciting to see them, and especially little Ivan. He is such a delight and growing up so fast that we can’t see him enough!

We had some good visits with Kent’s mom and she adores Ivan. And we got to run around the farm and see what was left of the gardens and the dahlia flowers. Kent even fixed the seat on the old swing set that his siblings had used so Ivan could enjoy it more comfortably.

We also got to have our dear friend Ed come for a meal and a visit.

On Sunday we all went to church with Kent’s mom and had lunch with her at her favorite Chinese Restaurant! After that she was pretty tired.

It was a busy and fun weekend. We can hardly wait until our next visit! You can see Ivan loves the farm and thoroughly enjoyed all of it!

Love and grateful for the visit!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping Kent’s mom around the farm and sorting

September 13, 2019

After our trip with our oldest grandson Silas to New York, we came back to Kent’s Mom’s house in Washington state, where our RV house is parked. Kent’s oldest brother, Ron and wife, Jan had driven their truck and camper to the farm. They had helped his sister LeAnn with Mom’s move to an assisted living place.

After Mom’s move, Ron was wanting to sort through papers and pictures to find proofs of Mom’s employment with the War Intelligence department during World War II. Well, it was quite an adventure and each day we found “treasures. ” we did find the poofs, which we needed. We also found many other precious things, such as love letters between her and dad and many pictures that we had not seen before!

Some of the old pictures and also a drawing of dad, done by mom!

We are enjoying this ” treasure hunt!”

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A very special trip

July 30, 2019

Back in the winter we started thinking about a trip we wanted to make. We wanted to take our oldest grandson Silas, to a Bible camp. We knew of one in New York State that Kent and I had met at. We talked with Josh and Teresa about dates and booked this camp for him in July.

So a few weeks ago, we first flew to Michigan and spent the night with the whole family. Then we drove with Silas first to Niagara Falls and spent the night there. We actually drove most of the day in Canada as it seemed a more scenic drive. We visited the Falls and stayed overnight in a hotel nearby then continued on our way.

Our second day of travel took us through the finger lakes region of New York and on into the northern area called the Adirondack region. We actually were three hours without cell signal so you can see it was a bit remote. We came to the town of Schroon Lake. This was another fun drive with Silas!

We didn’t have to drop Silas off for camp until 2 in the afternoon. So we went to a local church. We were hopeful of connecting with some old friends in the area. And we were able to! We had lunch with Silas and then went to drop him off, only to discover that we could also go with him to see the island as well. Sooo we did. After Silas went with his counselor, we got a tour of the island to see all the changes since we were there.

Kent and I met at the Word of Life Camp on their island 47 years ago., near the basketball court. After that I attended their one year Bible Institute as well. So we had lots of good memories here.

We went back and found our place for the week. We loved staying at Baker Street House, a wonderful bed and breakfast place and would highly recommend it to anyone. Debbie, our hostess was great and sooo hospitable. We often had breakfast on her large gracious porch enjoying the view of beautiful trees nearby.

Each day we went to The Word of Life Inn for Bible lessons. This week happened to be two men from Dallas Seminary. They brought us good lessons from Haggai and Phillipians. Our afternoons we did various things. One afternoon after having a an alumni lunch, we went on a tour of the Bible Institute campus and the way it looked now. Wow, many changes and a wonderful up to date facility. It brought back many good memories for me, as I loved my year of study here. Here is a link to tell you more about the Bible Institute :https://wordoflife.edu/

One afternoon several of the women from my class at the Bible Institute, is who lived in the area got together. That was so fun to hear about their lives since and about the joys and sorrows of all of our lives. I felt so blessed to have gone to the Bible Institute and got to know these women.

One day we drove over to the town of Ticonderoga where a Battle was fought and won by American troops during the war for Independence in 1775. We didn’t enter the fort area this time as we had many years ago. But the drive through the countryside was very pretty and relaxing!

Saturday morning we picked up Silas from camp and then drove all the way back to his home in Michigan. We all were eager to see his parents.

We all had a relaxing Sunday together. It was a good trip and so much fun to connect with our oldest grandson and son and daughter-in-law again!

It was very special to connect with my four classmates as well as hear my mentor speak for a short time. We loved the time we had with our grandson and also our son and daughter-in-law. What a blessed time!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Hey, what are you doing now?

July 9, 2019

Lots of people have been wondering where and what we are doing since Kent’s dad’s celebration of life. … well, we have been living in our RV house on their property and helping mom. Kent still does his work for WorldVenture from our RV and when he had spare time, he worked on a roof of one of the barns with a friend that was paid to organize and do most of the work.

If you look closely, you can see that the roof had totally rotted out in a large area there. So they had to do a lot of patching as well as replace the entire roof.

I helped to clear out brush from the other side of the roof up to about 10 feet high. It was a massive undertaking as well, but our friend and I did this so he could work in the the roof easier. I also helped my sister-in-law, LeAnn plant dad’s two gardens and we have been weeding, watering and now enjoying some of the produce. It seemed a good year to do this!

I have been trimming bushes, trees and generally cleaning up around the farm. Then when it was allowed, to burn all that brush I did that too.

We have also been helping to care for mom. We knew that Kent’s sister needed a break so we did most of the care, although mom doesn’t need a lot! So 2-3 visits a day to help her or to chat and to take her a treat of food that she likes. One day, we washed and packed up all of her mother’s dishes. Her mom passed away in 1985, so most of these dishes had not been seen since. We found one small cup that her mother had been given when she graduated from high school. So sweet!

Mom is in the process of moving to an assisted living apartment. It is hard to move away from your home of 60 years but now that she is a widow, she realized that she should.

We do have some other friends in the area. We also tried to help and encourage our dear friend Ed. His wife, Goldie is in memory care facility. Ed, is like a second father and a grandfather to our children and great grandpa to our grandchildren. We love he and Goldie so much so we were glad to be able to spend time with him and Kent even helped him sell some specially tools online.

What we will do and where we will end up… only God knows right now, we are trying to stay open to God’s leading in that! If you think of us, Pray for God to show us what else we should do,

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our family time and saying goodbye to Kent’s Dad

May 23, 2019

The memorial service for Kent’s dad is now over! It was a special time and fun to meet some people that knew dad in his work and other places over the years of his life!

Most of the family were here for it. Only two grandchildren and their families could not come. Our son and daughter and her family came. It was so nice to see them and also our neices and nephews. Our 4 year old grandson, Ivan was the only child and he was so much fun as usual!

After the service we had a few days together. Our family had to leave on Saturday evening to get back to work, but several others stayed and we had some more family time! A picture taken of all of us at the cemetery.

And a video: https://vimeo.com/337987962

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Kent’s dad is in heaven

April 16, 2019

If you follow this blog you will know that Kent and his brothers all went to see their dad and mom and sister a little over two weeks ago. I am so glad that he went.

Dad was in a rehab facility when Kent went to see him. On Tuesday, April 2nd, he was moved to a memory care facility. He seemed to be doing ok.

As you can see from this picture of him, he looks a bit sad but not so sick. But 3 days later he was placed on hospice care and 2 days later he passed into eternity. As you can tell, this was a very quick journey into heaven! We are still reeling from the quickness of it!

His memorial service is scheduled for May 3rd and the family will be coming. We are driving our RV house to Washington for this and for the summer.

I am mostly sad that I didn’t get to see him or say goodbye to him. He wasn’t very good on the phone towards the end and I had hopes that in a few more weeks I would see him. Sad😢!

Dad Reimer was 97 years young.. yes I mean that he was a very active man until this last year. He grew a huge garden every year and gave lots of it to people at church and people at the local food bank. He had a great sense of humor and had this twinkle in his eyes when he thought something was funny or good!

I was able to work alongside and with dad these last 12 years as we were living in our RV house and for at least a month would park on their small farm and help out! I am missing this man that I adopted when my own father died almost 30 years ago. So in remembrance I put together a collage of older pictures and video of pictures of him. Enjoy!

Video link: https://vimeo.com/330618283

Love you, Dad Reimer

Jan, for the Roaming Reimers