Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

End of an era.

December 28, 2020

Well … after 14 years living, ministering and traveling in an RV that is coming to an end. Jan’s cancer recovery has taken a lot of her strength and taking everything we own down the road leaves me a little on edge. So we are bringing this great life style to an end. We need to sell everything so if you know any one interested in a slightly used RV please let me know. I’ll include some pictures.

There are a total of 6 boxes two on each side and two drone boxes behind the cab.
Inside one of the boxes is a tool box. All the rest are empty boxes.

Thanksgiving

November 28, 2020

I just love this American Holiday! It is so fun and special with good food and usually time with family or friends. Since we had just seen our son and family and daughter is coming later, we were just us two.

We decided to do a Cornish hen instead and found a recipe from Emerill for Cranberry Glazed Turkey and we adopted it. Here is his recipe. https://www.emerils.com/126856/cranberry-glazed-breast-turkey

Kent grilled it and some asparagus. Very delicious! I also made fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy and of course fresh made apple pie! That was enough food for us.

We heard from our kids and even got some pictures. Ivan lost his first tooth. Josh and Teresa had family guests. Kent also made a headboard for our platform bed that he made earlier this month. Yeah!

We had a relaxing day and took some time to think about all of our blessings. Most importantly our savior, Jesus and our family and friends. We are so glad for all the many people who love us that are in our lives. Praying that you had a very Blessed Thanksgiving too!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting dear friends and family

November 27, 2020

While visiting Josh’s family we took off for a few days to go see some very dear friends. We have known these couples for over 40 years and have kept in touch along the way. For 6 years we all lived close and did a ton of things together like birthdays, couples retreats, card party nights and several parties at our house to thank these very special people. Two of the ladies have lost their husbands so our group is a bit smaller, but just as SPECIAL! Our friends Millie and Don who hosted us, also offered to host a meal for everyone to be together. She put together some of our favorite foods from the area too! As well as some that she had canned and frozen herself! Yum! Millie is a wonderful hostess and outdid herself in the meal! Thanks so much Millie and. Don too!

We also got to see most of Millie’s family. Those that live in the area stopped by and again Millie hosted the food. It was sooo nice to see how her family has grown up while we were gone. Fun times!

We also got to visit 3 of my brothers and three nieces and one nephew while there. These visits are good and very far and few between so I appreciate them even more! My brother Harvey and his friend were an especially nice visit! But seeing my two younger brothers, Ken and Steve was very nice too! A video of these visits!

We had only four days there. As we wanted to return to Josh and family for a few more days to finish the shed and a few other projects for Josh!

It is always so fun to see family and friends and this visit was a very special one. We are so thankful for the time with Josh and his family!

Love and gratitude,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Another sad goodbye

November 4, 2020

A week ago we got a call that I was NOT ready for! Our dear friend Ed, had passed away! He had been doing ok but then got pneumonia and died sooo quickly!

Here is a picture of Kent visiting Ed this summer. Because of Covid-19 we could only visit through a window screen. We were able to take an ice cream treat for his birthday.

When we left Washington, we would call him each Sunday. Two weeks ago he seemed ok and quite talkative and interested in life! So when I couldn’t reach him on the phone this past Sunday, I contacted his family. That is when we found out he had pneumonia and was on oxygen. I was very concerned but had no way to call him… then he passed on Tuesday. It was a sad day for me and for our family! We will miss Ed on this earth! He was like a father and grandfather to us! Sigh😢

A little History. Ed, was someone that Kent has known for 60 years! When Kent was 10 years old, Ed was his Sunday School teacher. Ed and his wife Goldie were never able to have children and so they adopted other people into their lives. We were privileged to be one family that they adopted! They prayed for our family every day! That was such a blessing and privilege!

Our relationship got even closer when Ed decided to go on our team to Mali, W. Africa in 1993. Our team helped to build a church and Ed also built cabinets in a missionary’s house. He was a wonderful addition to our team!

Ed with Kara and Josh in Mali, W. Africa in 1993

He was a terrific cabinet builder and overall contractor! In these last years he sometimes would show us some of the things he had done, like a deck here and remodeling there, and totally rebuilding their house.

Ed and Goldie came to see our family in Pennsylvania in 1992 and also in Missouri in 1998. Kent and I met up with Ed and Goldie several times on short trips in recent years. They came to see us in Spokane, WA and the four of us all went to Banff National Park together. That was really special! We would always spend time with them when we came to see Kent’s parents as they all live in the same area!

Pictures from our times with Ed and one of Goldie and Ed by her side!

As Goldie got older she was declining! Her memory got so bad and then worse as she was falling all the time! Eventually she went to live in a home for people with memory issues! It was terribly hard on Ed, to give up caring for her but it was so physically and emotionally demanding that Ed lost so much weight and his health was jeopardized too! So he would go to visit her at least three times a week. As she stopped communicating he still would visit. He was such an example of love and godly commitments to all who knew him!

Last winter, Ed fell in his home and after hospitalization and rehab went to live with Goldie in the same facility and even the same room! It was extremely difficult for him to not have the freedom to get out and do more. But he gradually grew stronger and was able to walk around the facility and even stand alone. It was so fun to be with him and see how he improved.

He even bought a new iPad and we were giving him lessons through the window of his facility. He was learning and asked questions about things he was doing on the iPad, his mind was still very alert! He challenged us, as he took life challenges in his stride and God was still teaching him things! He would talk to us about his pastor’s last sermon.

Ed was such an encouragement to anyone who knew him! I do know I will see him in heaven someday! And I know he is no longer encumbered with the worries of this world! He is at peace with the Lord he loved and served! But Ed, I MISS YOU ALREADY!

Lovingly yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting friends in Yuma

October 18, 2020

Yes, it does seem that we come this way at least once a year. We have three couples that we love hanging out with.

Kathy and Sid we have known since we all lived in Alaska met when we all were younger, about 40 years ago. We are able to meet up here when they were not working! Their plans changed this year due to Covid soo they were available!

We got to stay on our friends (Dwain and Debbie’s) lot that they are parked on as well. So two big Volvos and two of the same kind of RVs. It is fun to meet up with them in many different places. We actually met at a RV rally about 9 years ago. We love them and their little dog too! They are going to build a house so maybe not be traveling as much with the big rig!

And the third couple of friends are Tom and Carolyn. They pastor a church in town and we met them about 14 years ago when we first were traveling in our rig. They are always fun to see and be with too!

It was great to see all of our friends!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling to see friends and rest

October 1, 2020

We left the farm in rain. We traveled in rain for two days, but thankfully since we have found some sunshine!

We were in a bit of a hurry at first so we could see friends along the way for lunch. These friends, both the couple and lady in the picture have hosted us often. It was so nice to have a lunch then continue down the road.

We then traveled to an RV resort we have been in many times. In our 14 years in the road, we think we have been here at least 7 times. We have several friends here as well. Phil we have known since we lived in SE Alaska almost 40 years ago. Last fall Phil and the family lost his wife, Jeannie from cancer. Well, then we had just found out that Phil was diagnosed with cancer too, Phil, helped Kent to do the major modifications to our truck to carry our Smart Car about 5 1/2 years ago. He is a dear friend. So we stopped by to see him. He also had a project for Kent to do. So you can see the picture of him overseeing the work.

We also had a former colleague from WorldVenture here. Doug and his family are such a testimony to us. They served with WorldVenture in Congo and left during the wars years ago after being threatened at gun point for their lives.

Doug even served as our boss for several years. He was preaching at a church nearby, so of course we wanted to hear him. And Doug had just lost his baby sister at 54 year of age, to something in the brain. She was healthy and very active, playing with her teens and suddenly collapsed nd died. This us sooo hard for a family to deal with this sudden inexplicable death. Doug had a great message about “ Casting all our concerns onto the Lord.” It was good for me, as well as very appropriate for their situation. It made our visit with them so sweet!

After our lunch with Doug and family, we decided to go visit the ocean. I LOVE the ocean but we seldom get opportunities to see it. Since we were only about 20 or so miles from the beach, Kent indulged my love!

So you can see a picture of me on the beach near the water, and also one of my in sandals and bare feet and Kent in his shoes! He really doesn’t like sand between his toes!

We then had a few days to rest! Yes, actually rest. We are parked in some beautiful evergreen trees nd are walking each day among them and around this RV park. My body is feeling refreshed from all the work this summer on the farm and my soul and spirit are being refreshed from more time in God’s word and good songs!

I also got to catch up on some correspondence. And time to write this blog.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More work at the farm

September 12, 2020

Well, we thought we had a buyer for the farm as we had earnest money, so we had to get in gear to sell mom’s possessions. She had told us to do it but just in case we called again before the first estate sale and verified. She said yes, sell her things.

So we had a Friday and Saturday sale and the. The following weekend we had a Saturday only sale. Lots of stuff was sold but what was left went to a local thrift store where we and mom have donated to and bought from in the past many years.

Kent’s brother who is still working and couldn’t come because of Covid issues with traveling etc. He arranged to get his old car picked up by a truck hauler. That happened and we saw that car go off to him.

I cleaned the house afterwards as the first sale was actually mostly in the house. Then Kent and brother Ron( who returned to help with the sale etc.) went through pictures and other papers. There are a few items to deal with still from the barn but most is dealt with.

We are very tired and are planning on leaving the farm end of September. Most of the work to prepare for sale is done. We pray that someone who can love this farm as mom and dad and the family have done, will buy it. Lots of good memories here for our family and many others too!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Taking a short trip

August 11, 2020

We did decide to get away from the farm a bit back in July..We have a friend that lives in Sequim, Washington. That is one of the places that grows aromatic lavender and also for oils. Since the big festival could not be held this summer..but the lavender still was growing and looking pretty. Donna was a recent widow and we had not seen her since her hubby had passed. So we decided to go and see her.

We needed to have some time to relax too. Donna was great to visit and we were so glad to see how she is doing. Lots of her family are surrounding her and so we felt she was in a good place. It was so good to see her again!

We went on a short ferry ride on a beautiful day. We also got to walk in a forest and beach too. Fun, fun!

Next we drove to see our good friends Bruce & Melody. We got to be with them for two days and nights. They have been friends since we met on a trip 5 years ago. They have a ministry to missionaries and pastirs by providing a home to get away in and relax for a few days. Their ministry is called Dorlinda. We were able to use their guesthouse while with them! We also enjoyed hanging out abd seeing the new things they have done on their beautiful property! It was great to see them again too!!

A few days away in July and we came back feeling much better!

This blog was meant to be published here in July.. but user error caused it not to be. Soo these pictures were taken in July not recently. The fires all over the Northwest have caused the air to not be this clear now in September! More later!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Working on mom’s farm

August 9, 2020

We have been doing several other things around the farm. We did painting and cleaning up some shrubbery. The men did several electrical projects to make the house safer too.

One of the pictures shows us visiting our dear friend, Ed Karber for his 94th birthday! With Covid we had to stay outside but we were able to take him a peanut butter blizzard.

So you can see we have not been relaxing too much this summer.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Celebrating my mom

May 11, 2020

My mom passed into heaven 9 years ago, right after her 90th birthday. Each year I remember her on her birthday which just passed and since her birthday is always close to Mother’s Day, I also think of her!

My mom was an amazing woman! She was the mother of 10 children, YES 10! I am number 8 and only the second daughter. She not only cared for us kids, when I was a child, she also worked full time in a garment factory. She could sew on any of the machines there, so she was very versatile and fast! After I graduated from high school, she encouraged me to try working in that same factory. I only lasted for three weeks. I could not stand all the noise of the machines and also the gossipy women workers. BUT it gave me a glimpse into my mother’s working world.

My mom took me and other girl neighbors to a girls club each Monday night. She never missed even though I know it wasn’t always easy. One time my dad took the car when it was time to pick us girls up… mom showed up with a huge truck of my dad’s. We did indeed get home, and I realized my mom would do what it took to help me.

At age 16 I wanted to fly to Chicago by myself to visit a Christian college there. My dad didn’t want me to go but mom convinced him to let me. I saved the money and had it all planned out. Mom trusted my judgement. It was quite an adventure!

My mom took care of my dad, her husband for most of their marriage. He had damage to his lungs when they were newly married and so had many health issues in that area. He did die of lung cancer but not until he was 70. So they had almost 50 years of marriage. Mom cared for dad all of those years!

I especially appreciated my mom even more when I was having my children. She even saved her money from growing peas early in the spring and selling them. Then she came to visit me and my family in Alaska not long after our daughter was born. She and my dad both visited 2 years later when we all traveled around Alaska together.

She helped me and came to all the important events in our family’s life. She was the only person who was able to visit our son Josh when he was born prematurely. She came and supported us at that time! She and my dad visited us in Brazil when we lived there. She had also visited us in Alaska.

She even came with us to Kent’s parents 50th wedding Anniversary party. That was a fun trip too! Kara’s college graduation and then she traveled home with us to Kansas City, where Josh proposed to Teresa. Of course she was there for Josh and Teresa’s wedding and Kara and Nick’s wedding.

Mom had 20 years as a widow but she found much joy in those years. She traveled! She came with our family to Ireland, then with her sister in law as well. She traveled with a sister to Japan.

She was able to go on Women’s retreats with her sisters. One time I asked her what she liked about it? She said” We laughed, we played games and we sang! It was fun being with my sister! And the other ladies! “. Yes, I could tell she enjoyed it very much!

I miss my mom, but she is with my dad, my sister and three of my brothers as well as her parents in heaven. I wouldn’t wish her back, but I sure miss her. Thanks mom for good memories!

Here is a short video of some pictures of my mom. I don’t have too many so I treasure each one of these! Some are out of focus and there are a few of me as a girl first and several pictures of our family. There is NO music for most of the pictures but at the end there is a wind chimes playing near her gravesite that my Neice just recorded for me. Enjoy that!

Thanks MOM for all the good memories!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers