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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

Going to Mexico to a dentist

February 19, 2020

Yes, we have gone several times to Mexico, actually just crossing the border to the first town to have dental services. We did need to do that this time as well. I was able to make an appointment and even see the prices of services online. We have done dental work in Algondones before. My mouth/night guard had broken and I wanted a new one. There I can get it done in one day and it is a reasonable cost. Worth it for us.

We found a local restaurant and had a delicious authentic Mexican lunch and then my mouth guard was done. So quick and efficient.

There was even time for Kent to get his hair cut for $5 and for me to have a full massage for a reasonable rate as well. We have also gotten our eye glasses prescriptions filled here in the past. And if you needed your prescriptions filled, you could get them done here as well. We didn’t need these services but we did notice that there are also chiropractors here now too. Next time!

Our time crossing back into the US was shorter than at some times. We only waited about an hour. There are some many people crossing into Algodones, Mexico for dental, prescriptions, eyeglasses etc that the wait sometimes can be hours long.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

We went to Yuma, Arizona

February 18, 2020

Yes, we left Phoenix and traveled in our RV home to Yuma. This city is on the border with Arizona, California and Mexico. We have gone this time to see several dear friends. Debbie & Dwain have a lot with two RV hookups on it and we have come here often to see them. You can see how it works from the picture below.

Debbie went to a gourd festival while we parked here. She creates beautiful works of Art from gourds. Here is one example of her art and After she won awards.., she sold it.

While Debbie was at the gourd festival , Dwain took us to the desert on his “The General” by Polaris. We had a blast… but that was another blog!

We also came to see a church and visit with the pastor and his wife.
3D3D5EA7-62B5-499E-8D8E-B13F2D1619E7We have known these two for 12 years now. It is so encouraging to see them in ministry and to see how God is using them here. People are coming to Christ in their church and we even got to see a young couple commit their lives to Christ in baptism. Fun!

There is another couple that we have been friends with since we all lived in SE Alaska together. Kathy & Sid are great friends and we are always glad to see and hang out with them too!1CEEE246-C8A5-4D47-AFBE-F15FB50D261A

Love, 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

A fun day “ Joy riding” in the desert with friends

February 10, 2020

Yes, we went joy riding, but in our friend’s desert machine. I think it is called “The General” by Polaris. It is a four seater vehicle with seatbelts, windshield and even cup holders. It is very comfortable even when going over very rough terrain. We had a blast!

Our friend Dwain took us. His wife, Debbie is at a Gourd festival where people carve gourds into beautiful works of art! So we went with Dwain and two other men in a separate vehicle, a 2 seater Can Am . I got some pictures of them.

After getting gas, we took off across the desert.

Dwain knew where we were to meet up with the others. We drove on “trails” although some of the time Dwain decided to do a different trail. He was cautious enough and downshifted when necessary to climb a bit easier. The desert is starting to blossom. There were yellow Bottlebrush in bloom and I also saw some pink Penstemon as well as a variety of other desert plants.

We stopped for a late breakfast at a smallish diner and then back on the trails. We even saw some mines, Dwain knows about mines and said they were probably not gold mines though.

The scenery was great and it was a warmer day so much more enjoyable, although we did layer up with coats etc because of there were no windows in the vehicle. We did get dusty, as my water bottle here shows.

This was clean when we started. I didn’t even realize how the dust was collecting!

We drove some trails along a canal of water. This video shows the other vehicle going along the other side of the canal. This appears to be upside down. And I can not fix that, BUT when you press play or the arrow.. it plays properly! It shows you how fast we were going on this part of the trail.

We stopped at an old cemetery.

The oldest date we could make out was 1924. It reminded me of the Wild West the way the graves looked.

I climbed to the top of the hill where there was a cross. Going up wasn’t so hard but coming down with loose rocks all around my feet was harder. I went slowly and held on to the rocks and scrub bushes to make it down. View from the top..

After stopping here we went looking for some old mines. Again the desert scenery was beautiful!

I made a video to show you a bit more of what we saw. There is a lot of farming around Yuma, mostly salad stuff and broccoli and cauliflower. Beautiful green fields stand out in the desert landscape.

Thank You Dwain! For a full and wonderful day!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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