Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

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

A beautiful and blessed celebration!

August 28, 2018

After our two weeks in Colorado, we returned to our RV house parked in central Pennsylvania. 5 days later our whole family arrived and we had another wonderful time!

Our family had come to celebrate with us our 40th year in missions ministry!

One of our wonderful supporting churches had offered to host a meal and program to commemorate this event in our lives! The Evangelical Free Church of Hershey has been more than a supporting church, but more like a family to us and this was no exception! We had our family, several nieces and nephews and 2 cousins and aunt from Jan’s family and also one of Kent’s niece’s and her husband too. Also many wonderful supporters and friends. One dear friend and like an aunt to our kids drove from New Jersey to be there.

We both got to share a bit and a dear friend, Jack Winters and also Kara our daughter spoke. Soooo all that to say. It was a very special and memorable event!

Here are a few of the pictures from the event.

We felt very encouraged and blessed by this event and the leaders even prayed for us for more ministry. Praising God for these years and the kind of generous and kind supporters we have had!

Praise God with us!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting and helping Kara and family

July 14, 2018

After our conference and celebration with our mission, we had planned a week to help Kara and Nick with some more house projects. Kent had several projects…figuring out an electrical issue and also fixing the watering system. He and Kara and Ivan helped as well!😀

Kara and I worked on moving some metal landscape trim as it had popped out of the soil. I helped with some plants and then got sick, so didn’t help the second day.

i also made some pillows for Kara to give a pop of color to her two couch areas. I worked on them before her party but then finished them afterwards.

Oh, yes they held a big house warming party for their friends and we got to be a part of that and even made some new friends as well!

We also had lots of time with Ivan playing with trains, reading books and tickling too! It was a great week visiting and helping out too!

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Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

A fun excursion

June 29, 2018

My mother’s siblings have gotten together for lunch once a month for about 10 years now. It is always fun to meet up with them at these lunches. Several of the siblings are finding it harder to come as my moms closest sister is over 90 and one brother too. So these special lunches are a real treat!

I did mention to my two aunts present at the last lunch that I wanted to know if any of them liked gardens like my grandmother, their mother did. My aunt Ethel immediately said she did! And in fact there was going to be a garden tour near me the next week! I said “ let’s go together!” And so it was settled.

We had a great time and went to 8 different gardens. I also enjoyed the older stone houses on the properties. There are so many old houses from around 1700’s in this area. We were a bit disappointed that there were less flowers blooming but that was due to the rainy weather this spring and not the owner’s fault.

We still had an enjoyable day with lunch in the middle to visit a bit more! I was so glad as I haven’t had time over the years to get to know Aunt Ethel all that much so this was a treat!

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jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

A farewell and a celebration

June 28, 2018

Our dear friend Betty Jane passed into Jesus presence! We were all glad her suffering on this earth are over! Kent and I will be at the services for her tomorrow with the family. Kent is sharing at the graveside service which is just for the  family. It is a privilege to do that!

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The very same day… Kent’s father turned 97! It was nice to talk to them.. he was making pancakes for breakfast as we tried to wish him a Happy Birthday! They have planted their large garden and are enjoying some things already. We are very grateful for dad’s health and strength. And for mom’s health too! They still live on, their own which is remarkable! We took this picture in this January when we visited them.

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We are so grateful for both of these events. And grateful to God for great parents and also wonderful friends that God has placed in our lives! Take a moment to call, email, or text someone close to you…it means a lot to them!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Helping our daughter and family

January 22, 2018

Our daughter Kara, husband Nick and 3 year old Ivan had recently moved out of their condo where they lived for 11 years. They lived temporarily for 6 weeks and then moved into their new to them house. They first moved into the basement so the painter could do his job for two weeks. Then they had started to actually settle into their house. We came to help that process. Also Kara and Nick had a bunch of projects for Kent to do.

We started by helping to get their beds into their bedrooms. And for our Christmas we all went to the National Western Stock Show and the Mexican Rodeo. It was fun seeing all the animals with them and especially with Ivan and watching the rodeo. Ivan was mesmerized with all the different acts. It was such fun doing this together!

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Then we got busy doing stuff around the house.. Kent and Kara tackled a new vanity and mirror for their master bath, fixing a laminate floor, putting in under sink water filters, fixing all kinds of little problem areas too! I don’t even know all the jobs that Kent and Kara did. I tried to entertain Ivan and work in food and once in a while I got to work on washing windows! It was a busy and fun week and lots got done!

Ivan and I even went to a story time at a local Chick-fila. That was such fun too.

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Our last full day we first helped get the stuff from their community garden area. Kara had done a garden there for years so now she will be able to have one at their house.

Then they treated us to a very special meal at a wonderful restaurant called “The Melting Pot”. It is a fondue restaurant and Kara and Nick treated us to a four course meal. It was fun and delicious. Ivan did great even as it went about 3 hours, as we went for a mid day meal. We enjoyed the leisurely meal and afterwards walked around Littleton a bit as it was still before sunset. What a nice way to end the work week.

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We had a hard time leaving though as Ivan kept telling us to Stay! How very sweet! We will see them again soon!

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Thanksgiving

December 12, 2017

After the trip to Yosemite we took off and headed towards Arizona. We arrived on November 15th. Our daughter Kara and Ivan were already in Phoenix staying at her sister-in-law’s house. So a few days after arriving,  they came to visit us! It was a pleasure to see Ivan on his 3rd Birthday! We all ate at a Mediterranean restaurant… which Ivan loves too!

We had a blast having them with us and as Ivan remembered the pool and it was an extra hot November, we did enjoy the pool almost every day. Kara had borrowed a bike and all our neighbors were fond of watching Ivan go scooting around on his bike! Sometimes us adults had a hard time keeping up! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday there were a few other children in our park and Ivan soon had some friends that came on their bikes..

On Thanksgiving, Kara’s sister-in-law and husband invited us to join with the family at their house. Nick’s dad was also in town. I made three kinds of pies and potatoes and we enjoyed a delicious dinner together. It was fun afterwards to bounce a bit with the kids on the trampoline in their backyard.

Friday,  Nicks dad and neices ,two little girls came for lunch and to swim. On Saturday we hosted everyone with swimming and lunch. So it was a busy but fun time.

Nick left on Sunday to go back to work and Kara and Ivan stayed on and we enjoyed the pool somemore. We also went to Ikea one morning, and the wonderful Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Ivan loved the model railroads the most! We also went to see our pastor’s “ Walk to Bethlehem” and their streets lights. Ivan really enjoyed that too. And Kent and I just enjoyed being with them doing whatever.

I enclose a few pictures…

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but check out the videos below as they  show the extent of our fun! Click on the links.

https://vimeo.com/247011279

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love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping at Kent’s parents

October 20, 2017

We were parked at mom and dad’s small farm for five weeks. Our time started out with Kent preaching at mom and dad’s church. He did a great job! Mom and dad were so proud of him. Our dear friend Ed Karber also came to hear him and my neice Jana. It was the first time Jana had ever heard him speak!

Since we do come to work around the farm, dad had some ideas what he wanted done. There were bushes to trim, trees to trim and even the grape arbor… the plum tree and the grape arbor were the last week as we had to first help harvest the crops. The plums weren’t as big of a crop as last year but the grapes were another good harvest.

After having lots of fruit canned when we left last year..I decided to buy fruit to can. So I bought peaches, pears and apples and canned them to my hearts content. With a good grape harvest I also made some grape jelly for us and for mom and dad. We also harvested the squash that are excellent for pies or breads etc. so I baked the one dad gave to me and froze mine…whatever I had not used to make a pumpkin soup that is. So besides the outside work, I was busy canning too. We are so grateful for the harvest and whatever Kent’s parents are willing to share with us. They also share a lot with the local food bank and other various friends that stopped by or that we shared the extra green beans etc.  It is fun to see how much joy the folks get out of sharing from their garden.

We also hosted Kent’s sister, her husband and her daughter and new husband with mom and dad for dinner one night. It was fun to be able to help and be there to take them to the Drs, stores, and even the YMCA and to several other outings. It was a blessing being there.

Click here for pics of our projects:  https://vimeo.com/238416428

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

A visit with Kent’s parents to a Heritage museum

September 28, 2017

We had heard about a new museum in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada… so we asked mom and dad about it and they wanted to go. And they said yes, so we went last week. It was a short drive to the border and the museum also. We did get tod rive through some of the beautiful farm country of th Fraser Valley and that was an extra bonus.

This museum was built by a Canadian Mennonite who wanted to allow other generations to know what their ancestors went through to get to have the freedom and heritage they have. Kent’s dad’s family heritage is also Mennonite and so we were all very interested. The museum didn’t charge and there was a very nice docent who could answer a lot of questions and after an hour or so even got us a wheelchair  for dad to sit in while we read all the information and history that was on the walls.

There is a LOT to read but all very interesting. There was also some interactive interviews on a computer screen. Also very interesting to “hear” these people’s memories of what they went through coming to America. Most of the people that came to that part of Canada came later than dad’s relatives but there was lots of history that was the same. Very interesting!

We all read read and looked around for several hours and then it was a good time for lunch so we went to a local family style restaurant that had some historic kartifacts of its own. Lunch was good and it was good to sit for awhile.

Then we asked mom and dad if they wanted to go back and they said yes… so we did and we stayed another couple of hours until they were closing about 4 pm. The museum also had a whole area of books written by and about the Mennonite’s history and their struggles in coming to this continent. Also about their contributions, not only in farming, which is great but in all levels of society. It was most interesting for me to see how they were some wonderful and gifted artists among the Mennonites while they lived in the Netherlands.

There was also a floor that was entirely made up of achives of records of the mennonites. This was only available with permission to research your family tree. We weren’t up to that on this day but Kent’s mom has traced dad’s family back pretty far from sources on the American side. And they have met some of the people that were pictured at this museum too!

Once in the car, we drove past one of the Christian Colleges that the Mennonites had started in British Columbia..and Kent had been recommending for years. We thought we wanted to see what the campus looked like. Nice!

It was a wonderful and informative day and we were tired after that. So we drove back to America and our homes. Mom and dad seemed to really enjoy this outing too! Kent and I surely did too!

Check out more pictures here:https://vimeo.com/235853224

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s