Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

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

My husband has a birthday

February 8, 2019

Kent had his birthday a few days ago. Usually we are at a conference in Denver this time of year but not this year! This year we were in Yuma with two couples that are special friends.

Dwain and Debbie went out with us for steak for Kent’s birthday

and Sid and Kathy came for a meal at our house. I told you about meeting Dwain nd Debbie.

Let me tell you about Sid and Kathy. We have known them for 39 years. We all met in Thorne Bay, Alaska. Then they came to stay with us in Ketchikan. Kent used to fly to Thorne Bay almost every week to do a Bible study there, which turned into church. Sid and Kathy used to host him. If the weather was too bad to fly home, they would take Kent hunting or fishing. Also Kent spent some time helping them build their log house there. Kathy and Sid now spend the winter here in Arizona and have lived many years in an RV too. So we also had lots to catch up on.

I had sent our emails and texts to people asking them to send cards for Kent’s birthday! We got a ton! I was so encouraged to see all those kind notes of how Kent had affected many people’s lives over these many years. Thanks for all that participated!

Happy Birthday, Kent,

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Yuma and Quartzsite, Arizona

February 5, 2019

Quartzsite, Arizona is an interesting town. We went there to spend some tine with dear friends that we have known for about 8 years now. We met Dwain and Debbie when at a RV rally we were parked beside each other. They drive their rig with a big white Volvo and have a rig of the same company as ours. So we have some things in common from the very start. We do enjoy being with them. Debbie is quite an artist! She made this out of  gourd and feathers nd lots of hazard work! She is taking it to a craft show for gourds. I hope the gets first place!

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Quartzsite is about one hour drive from Yuma and the town is pretty small. I think their normal population is about 3,000 people, but during January and February because of the fairly warm nd moderate temperatures many RVers come to visit the gem and mineral shows and the RV flea market tents with many vendors. It is estimated on Wikipedia that about 1.5 million people come during the winter months. So going here in January means you will have lots of RVs around you. There are some places to park that you pay a nominal fee and others where you can park on Bureau of Land Management Land for free. Just pick your spot, fill out form and you can be there for 14 days free. We have done this a few times. We were going for 5 days with Dwain and Debbie and they had invited others also. In the end our part of the desert had 7-8 rigs of different kinds. We would have an afternoon time to sit and chat and each night, a campfire to sit around. We shared one meal together.

It was a relaxing few days. We went to the RV tents  and that is where they sold anything and everything for RVers. We then went back to Yuma, Arizona to get some work done.

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Kent got to speak at Grace Bible Fellowship. We have known the pastor here for many years. We also knew the former pastor too. Kent has spoken here several times over the years that we have lived in Arizona in the winter. This church is doing great! They had 18 baptisms last year! They are one of the most mixed group of people that we have ever seen. From whites, African Americans, native Quechuan people, motorcycle bikers, homeless, migrant workers , snowbirds from the north and perhaps others too. But God has given all of them grace for each other and their differences! It is always a time to sense the Holy Spirit at work in many lives including ours!

We were in Yuma for most of three weeks and were able to get together with the pastor and his wife several times! They are doing great job and we were encouraged to be there.

Yuma is the salad basket for the United States in the winter! They grow all kinds of cool weather crops in the winter, like lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage. There may be other things too. I know they grow cotton nd grasses in the summer months when the temps can get over 100 degrees.

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So moments to rest and moments ministering.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Thanksgiving

November 26, 2018

What a blessing it was to be in the Northwest for the commissioning of our dear missionary candidate and friends, and then we were able to drive to be with Kent’s parents and sister’s family for Thanksgiving!

After our weekend with Brad and Sarah for their commissioning, we drove to Seattle on a day when we could see Mt Rainer

We got to spend the night with our dear friends Bruce and Melody, where we had parked our RV last summer. It was great to get caught up a little with them!

The next day we drove past Seattle and on to where Kent’s parents live. The weather around Seattle was a bit more typical for fall with a bit of fog over the city.

It always renews my spirit to see all these beautiful tall evergreen trees! I just love the Pacific Northwest so much. I feel closer to God when in a forest or garden, so this place is special to me!

We had Thanksgiving with mom and dad, Kent’s sister LeAnn, husband Ken and her two grown up kids. Her daughter and husband both were there an us! So it was a full table. We got some of the food from the grocery store and some LeAnn cooked ahead.. so we did have plenty and mom got to sit and enjoy the company instead of trying to do the food. It was great!

We also got to visit another dear Friend Ed and his wife Goldie( who is in a memory care facility). It was so fun to hang out with Ed in the evenings as he lives alone now.

We ended our trip by overnighting with a first cousin of Kent’s and his wife..before heading to the airport for our trip home. We are so very grateful for this visit.

We realize that mom and dad are ha big a harder time with life now but are content with their situation. We pray for them and all the caregivers!

We pray that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Shock

November 19, 2018

Do you ever have a phone call that shocks you to your core? A few days ago, I got one of those kinds of calls!

Our dear friends, Steve and Shirley we had dinner with last Monday night. We had a wonderful visit and despite many health concerns over the years and even a serious eye problem for Steve, he looked good. They were planning for the future and very excited about a new adventure they were embarking on. We had a great visit!

Not even two days later, I got a call from mutual friends, explaining that Steve had a massive stroke in the night and wasn’t expected to live. He passed away a few days later!

I am still in shock and I can’t even possibly begin to understand the shock and unreality it must be for the family! I cried that first day every little bit. I just couldn’t get past the image of him looking so good on Monday night… several other mutual friends called us to make sure we knew about Steve and to pray for Shirley and the family!

Steve was a wonderful godly man! We have only known he and Shirley for about 4 years. Steve taught our Sunday School class at the church we attended in Phoenix. They were such a great couple to minister to many around them! Steve had a passion for teaching and he did a great job teaching on the book of Revelation. He loved his family and it showed in their respect for him as well. He was retired when we met him but he told many stores of his life and how he did his job to honor God as well. They started to support us financially a few years ago, which added another dimension to our friendship!

We know for sure that Steve is in heaven and with the God he loved and served. BUT we will miss him , as we know many will, especially Shirley and his family! Please pray for them as they face the holiday season without their dear father, husband and grandfather!

When things like this happen in life… I try to remember to love my family more, and not take for granted any day. I pray that you will treasure your family especially during this holiday season!

Hurting tonight,

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Driving in Eastern Oklahoma

October 30, 2018

We are driving on some red roads and some highways now. Driving to see friends from over thirty years. We are so blessed to have so many of these wonderful friends.

We are seeing some beautiful scenery on this part of Oklahoma and enjoying the small towns we drive through as well. We are sometimes on Route 66 which traverses the country from Chicago to Los Angeles. It is a historic route and fun to stop once in awhile to see some of the old diners or stores from that era in our nations history.. I think it was 1926 when it opened

We are meeting our dear friends, Jim and Julie at their new home and in a new area of the country that we have not been to before.. They live near Tulsa, Oklahoma since they are retired and so closer to some of their children. They have been so helpful to us over the years and now supporters as well as dear friends. We are so blessed in these ways!

We were in the area of the country that has a lot of Native American peoples. This van with the Cherokee Nation info on the side was only one indication.

We were able to have 4 days with them. But we still didn’t get all caught up. I realized that there many things I still wanted to talk to them about after we left! Oh, well, I do hope it won’t be so many years until we have another visit! We parked our RV house at a campground not too far away. It was an interesting site too. Even had a cowboy church, but we went to our friend’s new church with them.

Our first day we got to go and see a museum of Jewish History. It was a good display and a video of one woman’s story! Wow! What she had to endure and how God worked to help her overcome and have a good life.

We had lots of Julie’s delicious food and lots of conversations!

The Rv Park had an interesting mural inside their office.. it shows In the collage above in the middle.

We had 4 great days and could have had more but we hope to see Jim and Julie again sometime soon, now that they are retired! God Bless you two, and thanks for the good visit!

Love,

Jan and Kent for the Roaming Reimers