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Enjoying the fall colors and friends

November 16, 2019

We started our trip south with a mission conference in Seattle. Seattle Missions Fest is always a highlight for us and usually is the first place we stop on our way south. This year it was held at Crossroads Community Church. Many missions are invited to have booths and share what they are doing around the world. There are seminars and main speakers too. In our off time, we were able to chat with many friends. Some dear friends were there with their adult daughters that we have known for years. That was so good to see them again! While in Seattle we also got to attend our former church. It was great to reconnect there as well.

Then we drove to Portland for several days. Kent was able to spend a day at Multnomah University talking to students about serving the Lord overseas. I had a special day to hang out with another dear friend, Rachel. It was near our birthdays which are one day apart and we just had a wonderful time!


But each day we had great trips. We drove over the mountains in Oregon. Then our temps dropped to even 14 overnight. But we were fine and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors along the way. We drove through a corner of California, far from any of the fires!

We then took each day to go a bit further south and east to reach Phoenix before my birthday. I enjoy the traveling but wanted to be settled before my birthday, it was a big one…65, and I was having some difficulty in getting used to the idea of being 65. We did make it in time day was celebrated and I am getting used to the idea!

Thanks for anyone who prayed for us as we traveled! We do not take your prayers nor God’s protection for granted, but appreciate it greatly! We are going to be in Phoenix for 2 months and then we are not sure where. Stay tuned for the next adventure!

A video of some of the sights we saw as we traveled. We started out in rain but as we went along we enjoyed the colors and then mountains and even the early morning fog!

God bless,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Going south

October 25, 2019

We have been settled on Kent’s mom’s farm for about six months now. It has been good to do the garden and help with many projects and to help in clearing out mom’s house. But it was time to move on for a few months at least.

We are going to Seattle for a missions conference and then visit several colleges and friends along our way.

We have had a lot of good fun visits with mom both at her home on the farm and in her new situation at an assisted living facility. She is doing so well and making some new friends! We and our niece and husband all had dinner with her tonite. She took it all in and was so glad to see her granddaughter and her husband as well as us!

This past week I was able to take her shopping and we stopped at a new restaurant for lunch. She had a yogurt parfait with granola and fruit although it does look a lot like ice cream.. she enjoyed it as you can see from her expression!

Here is a video of some of the many things we did while here… many times I didn’t get my camera out so.. lots of things that I did not get a picture of.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ketchikan, Alaska

October 17, 2019

After those wonderful days in Thorne Bay, Alaska we hopped on another float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week. We were here to visit the church we helped to establish 35 years ago. We have been back to visit but not for over 20 years. I wanted to visit those who remembered us and our old neighbor too. We were hosted by a couple that Kent had trained when they were starting with the mission and we also caught up with another couple that he had trained at the mission headquarters more than 20 years ago!

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Ketchikan and all of South East Alaska is a very transient society. So only one couple still knew us from the 80’s. They arranged for us to have a car and meals with different people in the church. They also hosted us and we got to catch up with them about others that were mutual friends. After several hours that we so enjoyed, we left them and drove around a bit to see what was different in the town.

Ketchikan is still a relatively small town but has tourism as its main industry now. When we lived here is was fishing, logging, pulp mill and salmon cannery plus some tourism. Now they have sometimes 6 huge cruise ships in in any one day. It makes a smallish town overcrowded during the hours they ships are in town. But it is a industry that is keeping the town going at present. Again God gave us some beautiful days and we met some wonderful new friends.

The church built a new building since when we left the in 1983, and we have seen it before but it was special to be back there. Calvary Bible Church is doing well and we had met the pastor and his wife before so it was good to see them again.

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We also had a nice gift from our hostess. She worked at a logging exhibition show for the tourists.. she got us free tickets to go to one. That was a fun treat and afterwards we stopped to get a halibut fish and chips lunch!

Kent and I also got to visit some people from the church as well with our friend. We used to do a lot of visiting when we pastored the church so it felt like old times!  We also met with all the people that came through our hosts house which were many. They’ve  reach out to loads of different people in the church and community. He works as a coach and teacher at the local high school and she used to teach too. He also works on the dock for security for the cruise ships part time. And they used to run the mission’s camp outside of Juneau. So they have lots of contacts in the town.

We also got to see our dear friend and neighbor, Jean. She and her husband were such good friends and we have kept in touch with our newsletters and visited when in town. I knew Jean was a widow now and I was so glad to see her and we even had an hour or so to visit. She is doing well for her age.

 

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Another very special trip, Thorne Bay, Alaska

October 16, 2019

In thinking of our 40th year in missions that we celebrated last year, we also wanted to get back to South East Alaska where we ministered and lived in the early 80’s. It had been about 20 years since we had been there so it took a bit of planning. We did finally have our plans made and reservations done and tickets purchased. We flew once again through Seattle and so were graciously hosted by Kent’s first cousin Denny and wife Jeri, whom we dearly love!

So flying from Seattle to Ketchikan and then hopping on a float plane, (similar to what Kent used to fly). We flew to Thorne Bay. It was a logging camp that then turned to a town. It was about 500 in the camp days with families living there and stores etc to care for their needs. We found the town some changed from our last visit. Still population is about 500 but only a little private logging going on. Some fishing and mostly tourism is the main industry now. Tourists one for an Alaskan experience of fishing and some hunting and some even hiking etc.

We got to stay with friends that we have known since we lived in Ketchikan. They now run a bed and breakfast so we had wonderful accommodations and great foo while in Thorne Bay! It was fun to hear about their lives nd even meet some of their family that lives in Thorne Bay too! They even leant us their truck so we could explore a bit.

We were so excited to see the church and meet the many new people there. The pastor allowed Kent to speak and he was well received. Pastor Ron and wife Mary were so wonderful and even hosted a bunch of us for a picnic and then a walk around a lake on Sunday. God gave us such wonderful weather and we loved that walk! here is a picture of the lake!

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And a picture of some of the group on the boardwalk that was our walkway part of the walk.

We really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We were so encouraged by our time with the people of the Church of Thorne Bay.

After 5 days we got back on a float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week there! We had even better weather flying back. This planes brings the mail and many other packages several times a day to Thorne Bay as well as passengers!

 

Here is a video of the beautiful Prince of Wales Island and especially around Thorne Bay. Just click on this link. Enjoy!

Helping dear friends and celebrating Labor Day

October 8, 2019

Our dear friends Bruce and Melody knew how hard we have worked this summer. So they included us in an invitation for a party at their house for Labor Day. Also Bruce knew that Kent would be a willing and able helper for some projects that he had and needed help with. So we went a few days early and were once again hosted very comfortably in their beautiful guest house used mostly for people in ministry!

They have been working on a pavilion in their backyard and that is done now. It is a beautiful one with the view of Mt Rainier in the background. But Melody has plans to make a Knock garden with evergreen plants.. (I think boxwood, but not certain) and she has four statues to put in that garden. Also she has plans for arbors and that is where Bruce needed some help. So the guys were out there working on these projects and Melody and I got stuff done for the party and also entertained two of their grandsons.

The party for their neighbors and friends and family was great! Bruce is a great musician and is a couple bands. One of the bands played for the party. It was fun to mix and mingle with all of their guests and hear the band. We had a fun day!

The men were not quite finished with their projects, so they went back to work on Tuesday and Wednesday and I think got done what Bruce had hoped. Look closely at the picture in the lower right hand corner and you can see Mt Rainer.

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Thanks, Bruce and Melody! It was great being with you and to help you again!

Gratefully,

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Sharing a birthday with a special friend

September 14, 2019

Ed, and his wife Goldie have been friends of Kent’s family when he was young, Ed also was Kent’s Sunday school teacher as a child. So he has known them for years. Ed and Goldie were never able to have children because she had MS many years ago, but we were the blessed ones as they sort of adopted our family! They love our kids, nd grandkids too.

A few years ago Goldie’s mental condition worsened and Ed with the help of hospice nurses found a great place for her to live. Goldie has wonderful caregivers and Ed visits her three times a week.

He had broken his hip in March and had recovered well, but had a knee on the same leg that gave him a great deal of pain and made it very difficult to walk much.

We knew Ed’s Birthday was coming up and we wanted to do something special with him. When we asked him, he said that he would like to take a drive to see Mt Baker. Mt Baker is the local snow capped mountain that is about one hours drive from where we are living. It is 10,781 feet but the fact that it is so close to the coast.. it is a massive mountain with its base starting at almost sea level. It actually has two mountains, with Mt Shuskan on the east side of Mt Baker. It is a beautiful drive and with good weather you could see a long way.

At the top of the mountain there is a place to park, but no place to get food so I packed a picnic lunch and the picnic tables were hard to get to, sooo we ate in our car! Also once we reached the top we saw a dozen old cars there. When we got out to stretch our legs we walked over to look at them. They were all Dodge Brothers cars( early Dodge cars). Ed and Kent knew about them and as we walked around and talked to the owners we found out they were having a rally and had decided to drive to the top of Mt Baker too. It was fun for Ed to visit with these folks too as they enjoyed these old cars together.

You can do some climbing and hiking at the top and most do. And Ed and his wife Goldie have many times. But today Ed was content to look and see.

It was a wonderful day for this drive and a special friend to spend this time with.

Happy Birthday, Ed!

A video highlighting the ride and the mountain!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our wedding Anniversary

May 17, 2019

We just celebrated being married 44 years! Wow, some of those years went so fast! It is hard to realize that we have been married that long!

This year, we asked our dear friend Ed, who has been married 72 years to go with us for dinner! His dear wife has been in memory care for 5 years now and for several has not talked. He got news this week that she might not live much longer and was a little bit discouraged. You see he is ready at their ages, both in their 90’s to see her die but she had deteriorated rather quickly in the last month. About 7 weeks ago, Ed broke his hip, so he wasn’t able to visit her three days a week like he has since she was placed in this facility for memory care. He was in the hospital and then rehab in the very facility where his wife is in the other wing, then home to recuperate. At his age, he is amazing!

So our anniversary was in trying to encourage him. He and his wife are strong believers in Christ and are ready for heaven when the time comes. They both have been a great testimony to many people and our family is especially privileged to have known them. Kent met this couple when he was ten years old and Ed was his Sunday School teacher. They weren’t able to have children and sort of adopted us and our family. They visited us over the years in several of our homes and Ed went with our family to Mali, W. Africa on a missions trip. They prayed for us every day, and that means so much! Now we pray for both of them each day too!

So this year our anniversary was really about encouraging a dear friend! He always encourages us!

A pic of us, taken fairly recently

We had a very Happy 44 th Wedding Anniversary!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

My week in Phoenix

March 20, 2019

While Kent was with his parents and siblings, I decided to catch up with some friends here in Phoenix.

First I had a good visit with a couple Sharon and Geordie that were our neighbors in the RV park, where we used to live here. It was great to see them again.

The next morning I had breakfast with a dear friend whose husband died suddenly in November. Shirley is learning how to be a widow even as difficult and different as it is. I and so grateful that her grown children are so helpful to her.

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Another couple from our church in northern Phoenix that we attended 8 winters, Kathy and Don have been good friends and even supporters during these years. I was able to spend few hours with them too!

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I also stopped to see other old friends and several neighbors that we lived beside for about 5 years. We are so blessed that we have such great friends from all over.

On Sunday I went out with Shirley and several couples from our Sunday school class. These are all special friends. And when coming back to my RV house in a friends car..and we saw a stranger sitting in his car very near our house, these friends wouldn’t let me out until we had called the security guard for the church and after the car left. I felt loved and safer with my friends knowing that this guy was now gone.

Kent gets home tomorrow and we will be on the road going north.

More about Tucson

March 15, 2019

Since we were parked in Tucson over Christmas there were several special events that we were able to participate in as well as the activities at the church where we were parked.

Tucson has a part of the city that was planned about 50 years ago to be a friendly community. It was designed with wide avenues and nice sized lots. Plenty of communal space for family events. They even have a street named Christmas. We had seen on the internet that they hosted a month long Holiday lights festival in their community. Almost everyone decorated their house with lights and some went to a great degree. We saw some lights choreographed to music and then some smaller and plainer lights. Everything was wonderful nd it was walking or riding a bus only. Cars were not permitted so the area was filled with many families. We walked 4 miles around the streets until we were tired but it was so nice to see some nativities as well as all the fun things of Christmas. They also had booths to sell popcorn, hot chocolate and other fun stuff. It was definitely a highlight of our Christmas season.

We also saw that another local church was doing a live nativity and Christmas fair during the weekend. So on Saturday evening we went to that as well. Also a resort was having a big free Christmas festival with tree lighting, Christmas caroling, free cookies, hit chocolate and roasted chestnuts. We went for awhile and then to a church kid’s program.

Tucson is also known for several beautiful outdoor areas. One is called Sabino Canyon with many walking trails and lots of cactus. Also Picacho Peak is close by and one of the most climbed peaks in Arizona as it is very easy to get to. We did enjoy the nice weather while in Tucson and sat outside in the 65-70 degree afternoons.

When people think of the desert they often think of sand and Saguaro cactus. We do have them but also multitudes of other kinds of cacti and other dessert plants. And the dessert is sandy soil but more often rocks.

We had a great 5 weeks in Tucson and would love to return someday!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

PS yes, this was written a long time ago…and I just found it in my draft box..so old news but a good review!

A quick trip to Southern California

March 14, 2019

We have lifetime supporters and good friends in the San Diego area! In Yuma we were parked within 3 – 3/12 hours from them. So we decided to go and see them as we haven’t for awhile.

Ross and Denise live in the San Diego area and have for a long time now. We met when we all were newlyweds and living in New Jersey. They were waiting for base housing on the base nearby and we met at a local Baptist church where we all attended. We ended up all living together for several months in a big house that was the church’s parsonage while the church didn’t have a pastor. We have been friends ever since. It is always good to see them and we enjoyed going to church with them again! They are dear friends that we enjoy!

After seeing them we went on to visit our friends the Lyall family whom we have also known for over 40 years. They live on a large orange ranch that was started by Warren’s grandfather. It has always been a joy to see how they are doing on the ranch and see, hear about new fruit and things that they are doing as well as taste some of the delicious oranges. They also grow some avocados. And the area is beautiful as well.

We got to pick some fruit from the trees and then one of their grandsons..wanted to make us some fresh orange juice…delicious!

Warren has had a specific type of leukemia and it is being contained at this time. He is on a very, very expensive medicine but they are grateful for it and for the health that he has!

We had two wonderful visits with both of these couples and we are soooo grateful to he them in our lives. It makes me appreciate every day and every friends that we have.

I pray that you have some long time friends in your loves too!

Gratefully yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers