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April 10, 2021

I want to THANK YOU for following my blog. I have enjoyed doing this and knowing that people I know and some I don’t have been following for years! It was a fun way to communicate with you! I have so enjoyed chronicling our lives and ministry in this way!

I went for a screening colonoscopy on April 10th. My GI dr had no reason to suspect anything abnormal, but indeed he did find something. I have a mass in my colon and my dr right away suspected cancer. Unfortunately he is right and a mere 22 days since have been full of many things. First, shock and then relief that they found it and hope that it is early. I have been poked and prodded and X-rayed etc.. Kent and I together were able to see the surgeon and the oncologist during his lunch hour. The surgeon said this is “ urgent but not emergency” for which I am very glad.

Surgery first! May 4th, at 7:30 am Pacific time. Then recovery for about 4-6 weeks and possibly chemotherapy. Much depends on the extent of the cancer and that is not known until surgery. In colorectal cancer they do not do the staging until after they remove the tumor.

I(Jan) met an oncology nurse in a local grocery store and we got talking. She gave me the name of her gastrointestinal doctor and told me to go to him. I did and I am so grateful to her and him. Both opened the doors to see the surgeon and oncologist more quickly. Monica, the oncology nurse is a personal friend of my oncologist, so he knew a lot about me when we met! I am ever so grateful for her help and she has become my new “best friend”!

Our lives have taken a drastic turn.. we didn’t anticipate it nor welcome this turn.. BUT we know God is with us as He has been all our lives! And we have reached out to over 100 people who have prayed for us over the 41 years of our lives and ministry. They are praying for us during this journey. I hope you will join them!

I regret to say that I am ending this blog. BUT if you would like to continue to follow us, there is a way you can do that. PLEASE send me your personal email address to janmreimer@yahoo.com and we will update people that way. So, sad to say this will be my last blog here. I will however continue sending updates to you personally. Please do not delay, as I will be shutting down this blog in the next week.

Thank you for following my blog. I have really enjoyed doing it. May God Bless you and keep you!

Gratefully,

Jan and Kent Reimer

PS before this diagnosis, we made a trip to see both our daughter and family and our son and his family. These are always very treasured memories, but more so this time!

A picture of us at Easter,

Easter 2021

Selling our home of 12 + years

January 15, 2021

We have moved completely out of our RV, truck and little smart car! We have cleaned them and taken pictures. So, as Kent posted a week ago, we are SELLING this whole ensemble!

The Smart car rides on the back of the Volvo truck! Very convenient as there is no towing behind the RV.

2003 Volvo VNL630 594023 miles $32,190

Features:

All Volvo Drive train; D12-435, 12 speed 2nd Gen. Meritor Auto shift

2016 DRV Mobile Suite 38RSSB3 $96,349.

Features:

There are many additional upgrades and additions to make this a full-time home and good for indefinite off grid living. We had this made for us!

Upgrade residential Lay-Z-Boy Hide-a-Bed Sofa with air mattress & 2 Lazy Boy Leather Recliners

MOR/ryd I.S. Suspension

Solar prep upgraded to 4 gage wire, 4 – 255 Watts each solar panels, 1020 total Watts. MorningStar TriStar MPPT-60 charge controller

Five 100Ah Lithium Ion Batteries. We’ve been months off grid with this system. 22cf Whirlpool Residential Refrigerator with a dedicated circuit and inverter to always run off solor.

Magnum Hybrid Inverter/Charger 3000W MSH3012M

2010 Smart4 Two car $5083

Clean in good condition, no accidents 71300 miles

Selling this beautiful home of ours, does Not mean we will not be traveling anymore! We will! But it won’t be in this particular rig. We did buy a single wide mobile home last spring, so we have a base to come back to in the winter!

I made a short video of our house, truck and car to show some of the features. Soo if you know anyone who would like to buy a beautiful traveling well built, well maintained home, nice big rig truck and a smart car, please contact us at:kfrimr@yahoo.com. And it is currently parked in Mesa, Arizona.

Thanks!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More pictures of the truck are on the blog just previous to this one, called “End of an Era”. You should be able to access it in the upper left hand corner of this blog page.

If anyone is interested, please contact us at: kfrimr@ yahoo.com for more information.

Thanks,

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

At the farm

August 14, 2020

We all continued to work around the farm and seeing mom at least once a week. But the day came when Kent ‘s brother and wife had to leave. We hated to see them go but knew they had to get back to their live at home.

These pictures above are from some last visits with mom and family. Fun memories!

See the old picture of mom we found. It was enhanced by a friend of mine!

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

Our family time and saying goodbye to Kent’s Dad

May 23, 2019

The memorial service for Kent’s dad is now over! It was a special time and fun to meet some people that knew dad in his work and other places over the years of his life!

Most of the family were here for it. Only two grandchildren and their families could not come. Our son and daughter and her family came. It was so nice to see them and also our neices and nephews. Our 4 year old grandson, Ivan was the only child and he was so much fun as usual!

After the service we had a few days together. Our family had to leave on Saturday evening to get back to work, but several others stayed and we had some more family time! A picture taken of all of us at the cemetery.

And a video: https://vimeo.com/337987962

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Kent’s dad is in heaven

April 16, 2019

If you follow this blog you will know that Kent and his brothers all went to see their dad and mom and sister a little over two weeks ago. I am so glad that he went.

Dad was in a rehab facility when Kent went to see him. On Tuesday, April 2nd, he was moved to a memory care facility. He seemed to be doing ok.

As you can see from this picture of him, he looks a bit sad but not so sick. But 3 days later he was placed on hospice care and 2 days later he passed into eternity. As you can tell, this was a very quick journey into heaven! We are still reeling from the quickness of it!

His memorial service is scheduled for May 3rd and the family will be coming. We are driving our RV house to Washington for this and for the summer.

I am mostly sad that I didn’t get to see him or say goodbye to him. He wasn’t very good on the phone towards the end and I had hopes that in a few more weeks I would see him. Sad😢!

Dad Reimer was 97 years young.. yes I mean that he was a very active man until this last year. He grew a huge garden every year and gave lots of it to people at church and people at the local food bank. He had a great sense of humor and had this twinkle in his eyes when he thought something was funny or good!

I was able to work alongside and with dad these last 12 years as we were living in our RV house and for at least a month would park on their small farm and help out! I am missing this man that I adopted when my own father died almost 30 years ago. So in remembrance I put together a collage of older pictures and video of pictures of him. Enjoy!

Video link: https://vimeo.com/330618283

Love you, Dad Reimer

Jan, for the Roaming Reimers

More visits in Kansas City

October 21, 2018

Wow, we thought we’d be here only for one week but barely got to see everyone in two weeks. We did get a few extra visits with some special friends so that was good too!

We went to our former church. Kent was able to speak there the first Sunday and the second week our dear friend came with us. Pastor and Karen had all of us for meals both Sundays which was very sweet. It was wonderful to see some of these dear people again!

Our last day we went to see The Plaza which is a nice outdoor shopping center and we have often gone there for special occasions. So since my birthday and that of a dear friend’s is coming up.. we asked two couples to meet up with us to have dinner together our last night in town.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

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