Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

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

Kent has an unexpected trip

March 15, 2019

A few days ago, we got a call that Kent’s father was in the hospital with pneumonia and a c.diff infection. Dad is 97 and has had a hard winter. Mom who is 94 also has been in the hospital some this winter. They were both doing better and were sleeping well and then dad got pneumonia. They are still living alone although most of the winter have had “helpers” for hours during the day and or at night. Kent’s sister also has had a lot of nights sleeping at their house to be near by.

This was them when we saw them in November of this year.

So the youngest brother from Indiana decided to come for a visit. Kent’s oldest brother also was coming in March. So Kent decided to go to see them at this time too. I was so glad to send him to go and see them. Kent’s sister needs some support and with everyone there for a few days I hope that will help her.

And a recent picture of mom with her four children all together after mom had several trips to the hospital this winter.

We are planning on going to their area this summer also, but this was too many weeks out. Kent will be there for a week at this time. We are so grateful for his parents and the many good years of life they have had. God has blessed Kent’s family as they have had their parents for many years.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ps. As Kent was leaving me, we had to get to Phoenix to fly out..where to leave me and the RV house… we went back to our church’s parking lot and I am living off the grid on solar power for this week! I am grateful to have safe place to stay though.

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

Celebrating our grandson’s 4th Birthday

November 17, 2018

We got to help celebrate our youngest grandson’s 4th Birthday! We met up with the family in Arizona where they had come to see some of Nick’s family. We were so blessed to have and day and half with them. Nick had to work so Kara, Kent, Ivan and I had fun! We went to the science museum. It was great fun and Ivan found a lot of things to show grandpa! Such as laying on a bed of nails, dancing metal flakes to music and kicking digital creatures etc.

It was fun having this time with them! We met up with Nick and had a delicious Ethiopian meal and a free tiramisu for Ivan’s birthday meal with us! What a wonderful blessed treat!

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Check out this short video about our days together!

https://vimeo.com/313451927

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Visiting another of Kent’s cousins

November 11, 2018

Cousin Connie and husband Steve have supported us for years as well. They are in the process of moving to New Mexico. So we stopped in to see them there. The first night we went to a nice East Indian restaurant and I really enjoyed that food! Again the conversation flowed and we didn’t lack for any silences! We haven’t seen them for about 4 years so we had a lot to catch up on.

Steve had to fly on Saturday so after we hosted a breakfast at our house, we all rode with Connie to take him to the airport. Then we stopped by to see the Petroglyphs Park. That was awesome and it gave us some exercise while we visited! We stayed another night and visited with Connie again all day. It was so nice to catch up a little on their lives too! Again grateful for supporters and also those who are family!

The second day we were hanging out with Connie we went to downtown Santa Fe again. We had a coffee and walked around and went to see if the beautiful Catholic Church was open so we could see the inside. Unfortunately we got there too late to see the inside, but we walked around to see the prayer garden around back. There was a couple there that asked us to take their picture, which we were glad to do..and afterwards we got talking. Wow, their adult son had just died of cancer and they were grieving but also celebrating his life. They showed us picture of him and his beautiful amazing art work. We also could celebrate with them and also grieve for their loss. We prayed with them and felt God was in our presence with all of us! You never know when you will meet someone who needs encouragement and God dropped us in this couple’s life at that moment. We came away blessed by them too! Awesome!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seeing the Creation Museum with our son and family

October 5, 2018

When leaving Lexington, Kentucky we knew we weren’t too far from the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. We had wanted to go to see this before we left the area and we also wanted our son’s family to come too. So we went to a campground nearby and invited them to come and stay with us and go to the museum with us. Silas had just turned 13 and I knew he could really take it all in. They also brought along a younger cousin Isabella aged 7 who did great too.

We had a nice breakfast then headed out the ten minutes drive to the museum. It was incredible to see . There was a 30 minute 3D video that depicted Creation from the Bible’s perspective and then walking around the museum itself. It had some nice dioramas with life-sized manikins talking about different aspects of creation. They had a nice display of insects too which was very interesting! Including some rather large beetles. We also enjoyed the petting zoo and botanical gardens which were nice,y arranged. We did have a quick lunch there to allow us to see a bit more time.

After the museum the kids wanted to play at the campground! It had a nice small lake and had boats and paddle boats to use as well as a playground. We were able to have a fire in the evening and even had s’mores to top off the day!

It was a fun time with Josh and to hear about Teresa’s recent three weeks in Kenya, Africa. We also got to see her pictures! It was so nice to see them so soon after her trip and Silas’s 13th birthday! We don’t often get to see Silas near his birthday and it was a treat!

It was a great but short family visit as they had to leave Sunday morning!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

It took awhile to get out of our RV site

October 4, 2018

We had problems getting stuck in the grass and getting into our RV site in Lexington. We were parked on grass so we kept hoping and praying for sunshine to dry things out before we left.. well we got about two days in the first part of our time there that it was sunny! But most of our visit it rained! Some days or nights it even rained very HARD! There was flooding in the area.. Apparently Lexington had 18 inches of rain above the average for the month of September! So we had a very hard time getting out of our spot.

Kent’s brother had his truck and boards of all shapes and sizes and we added our boards that we use for under our jacks that hold us up when not attached to the truck..

We inched Ali g into the place where our truck and the RV hitch could be attached.. it took a lot of maneuvering to get it there plus 3 Hours of patience for all of us…BUT finally we got it hitched up.. you can see the final result was that we could pull out of the space and after checking to see that all was good and loading the car..we did indeed go on to our next destination!

We had a great time in Lexington and with Kent’s brother Ron and wife Jan…but if we ever return we do hope that there will be less rain!

Enjoy the video showing our progress!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Discoveries about my family

September 20, 2018

A few months ago I made a discovery about my father’s family… they have been here since before 1701. I found an old will dated from 1701! I was so excited about this and other discoveries that I was wanting to find at least some of the graves of more recent family members on my dad’s side.

I also had found out that my grandfather had 25 siblings. There were at least two mothers and possibly three. But he was the oldest of the family… and something must have happened that caused a rift in the family… as I had never visited and hardly ever heard of any of my dad’s uncles and aunts…and as he had plenty of them something must have caused this problem.

So we found my grandfather’s grave..I did know him a little but we were not close.

My great grandfather’s grave

My great great grandfather’s grave and his wife’s

One of the Mothers of those 26 kids.

We also were able to find a great uncle.. one of my dad’s uncles.

He just passed away in 2013. I was so sad to realize that I could have known him but because I didn’t realize he was even a relative I had no opportunity to know him. It was an exciting day though and I will keep looking into my family history. Somewhere I am sure there is a preacher or missionary in my family line somewhere. But for the most part they were farmers and I also found an Inn keeper that had an Inn in the early 1700’s.

I also went to visit my parent’s and sister’s grave, all at the same cemetery. It was nice to see their graves are being cared for.

My sister’s grave.

My maternal grandparents are also buried at this small country cemetery.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers