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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 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!


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

Hey, what are you doing now?

July 9, 2019

Lots of people have been wondering where and what we are doing since Kent’s dad’s celebration of life. … well, we have been living in our RV house on their property and helping mom. Kent still does his work for WorldVenture from our RV and when he had spare time, he worked on a roof of one of the barns with a friend that was paid to organize and do most of the work.

If you look closely, you can see that the roof had totally rotted out in a large area there. So they had to do a lot of patching as well as replace the entire roof.

I helped to clear out brush from the other side of the roof up to about 10 feet high. It was a massive undertaking as well, but our friend and I did this so he could work in the the roof easier. I also helped my sister-in-law, LeAnn plant dad’s two gardens and we have been weeding, watering and now enjoying some of the produce. It seemed a good year to do this!

I have been trimming bushes, trees and generally cleaning up around the farm. Then when it was allowed, to burn all that brush I did that too.

We have also been helping to care for mom. We knew that Kent’s sister needed a break so we did most of the care, although mom doesn’t need a lot! So 2-3 visits a day to help her or to chat and to take her a treat of food that she likes. One day, we washed and packed up all of her mother’s dishes. Her mom passed away in 1985, so most of these dishes had not been seen since. We found one small cup that her mother had been given when she graduated from high school. So sweet!

Mom is in the process of moving to an assisted living apartment. It is hard to move away from your home of 60 years but now that she is a widow, she realized that she should.

We do have some other friends in the area. We also tried to help and encourage our dear friend Ed. His wife, Goldie is in memory care facility. Ed, is like a second father and a grandfather to our children and great grandpa to our grandchildren. We love he and Goldie so much so we were glad to be able to spend time with him and Kent even helped him sell some specially tools online.

What we will do and where we will end up… only God knows right now, we are trying to stay open to God’s leading in that! If you think of us, Pray for God to show us what else we should do,


Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Truck issues

May 5, 2018

Yes, our semi truck which pulls our RV house is still in the shop! It is over a week ago that we had to have our truck towed to a repair place.

So we took off for Denver and thought for sure it would be fixed when we got back… they thought it was! We got in and we’re going down the road when Kent turned around.. our brakes were not working properly! We have to have them working the way they should. So they have been looking for the problem… and we have to be patient until they find the issue!!!

“Man plans his steps BUT God directs our ways ” and we do WANT GOD to direct our paths!

Thanks for your prayers!

Jan the not so roaming Reimer now

My cancer

August 27, 2017

For about seven weeks I was not feeling well! I keep feeling more and more pain in the pelvic area and was concerned that perhaps my cancer had come back… I would say that Kent and I both felt this and we were both on pins and needles and really feeling quite uptight.. Yes, we were trusting in God but…these were the feelings we were feeling..but not really talking about.

I decided to call the cancer specialist here in Seattle to see the Dr earlier than the 6 month check I was supposed to have. My cancer surgeon in Phoenix knew this Dr and recommended her to me. That was a comfort!

So last week we had that appointment. I had also recently given blood for a check up too. So going in, we felt she had all that she needed to help us. I was still having pain.

My appointment was at the University of Washington teaching hospital and my new Dr was a teaching Dr.  We were early so had some lunch and then went to the appointment. They took us quite quickly into the waiting room. And then a Dr in training took more of my history. She was also very nice but I knew she wasn’t  Dr I had come to see. Then we met Dr Urban and we immediately liked her. She was sooo patient and asked questions and answered many that we had from my surgery and the surgeon had not really answered..she spent over an hour with us,  so that was good but the big news was No CANCER.. and she gave me some ideas to control the pain and eventually deal with it! I will be starting some specific physical therapy to help with the pain next week in Kent’s hometown. I didn’t mention this to many people for some reason…but I am grateful for those that pray for me and Kent on this journey!

We were both soooo glad that we wanted to celebrate…and we also wanted to stay out of the worst of the evening  Seattle we went to the Pike Place Public Market that is a farmers market/craft fair. We love this place and had not had the time to get here all summer, so it was  a treat!

Afterwards we stopped for dinner at Ivar’s seafood at the original restaurant started years ago. We even had one of my favorite desserts…creme brûlée.

We walked around the pier area that has a lot of touristy shops etc until we thought it was time to head home…

Please praise God with us for these positive results!


Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Beach trip with my Friend, Melody

July 18, 2017

My new friend and our hostess for the summer, Melody loves the beach like me. One day we got talking about how we haven’t been to the beach enough. Melody admitted. That she had not been to a beach for years. So we started to think and plan… and last week our plans came to reality. Melody got us a hotel room and she drove… this little trip was to be a big part of her birthday present from her husband! Hah! Well, I was grateful to be accompanying her as I love the beach anytime, but especially in the summer.

We left their house in the tall evergreen trees and drove out to the Washington coast. We had a delightful drive, feeling a bit giddy with excitement. We had a nice lunch along the way and then drove in down to the coast. We found our hotel and checked in. We then went for a walk around the town to see the shops etc. we talked to shop owners and other locals and asked about good places for meals. We got two recommendations and went to both places while here. We rested a bit at the hotel and then went out to eat at a place called the Depot. I forgot to get pictures. But it was an old train depot and had a really good chef that had delicious food! We then drove to the beach and walked around a bit. It was quite windy and the sun was going down so after a while went back to our hotel room.

After a good sleep and breakfast we headed out to drive to the Oregon coast. We stopped to pick up a sandwhich to eat on the beach and saw some bargains, so we had to shop a little along the way. But we did arrive at Cannon Beach, Oregon and wow! We found a parking place within a short walk of the beach! How wonderful! I was so excited I almost ran down to the beach… the sand was soft and felt good on our feet…so we took a foot picture! Hah! Then we sat in the beach chairs that Melody had brought and read, talked and ate our lunch! Beautiful and restful! Finally I had to go to the bathroom so we left our chairs and then were able to come back a few minutes later and resume our restful time. Then it was time to leave…sad! “Sigh” oh well I hope to get more beach time again! Thanks Melody!

We then went back to hotel and rested and cleaned up and then went to the other recommendation which was called Gelattis. Sounded Italian and looked it online…we ordered Italian and ate Italian…but when the owner came out to mingle with the guests. he told us a different story. They had bought from an Italian but he wasn’t Italian. Still it was very good food! And he was interesting to talk to!

After another good nights sleep and breakfast we headed back but taking a somewhat different route. We took our time and stopped again for lunch and found some deer alongside the road. Eventually we stopped in Centralia that had a bunch of Antique stores. We got into a few but then we decided it was time to head home,

What a fun couple of days and a beach “fix” for both of us until the next time, Happy Birthday Melody! I had a great time! Thanks a ton for arranging and driving!

Your friend,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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“You have cancer!”

April 4, 2017

What? I didn’t really expect my doctor to say that! I am sure anyone who ever had that diagnosis has either!  One of my first thoughts was that she couldn’t mean me! But she kept talking and Kent and even I asked some questions, But I felt like I was two different people, one listening to her and one saying no way!

Eventually I came to accept this is me! And yes I have had moments of panic when thinking about my 4 siblings who have died of cancer before reaching their 64th birthdays. But the Drs assured me that this kind of cancer isn’t related to theirs. Also I know that God is right here beside me, even with cancer and He has not abandoned me and will not! Also I do have friends who are standing with and beside us in this journey!

My journey started in December with bleeding, then eventually pain. If you follow this blog you will know that we have been traveling a lot since then. So in between trips I found a Dr, went to her, had a pap, had an ultrasound and then finally an endrometrial biopsy…before she uttered those life changing words.

Kent and I were a bit stunned and shocked !  But we both knew something was wrong with me and even though that wasn’t the diagnosis we wanted it was an answer! Next we found a surgeon and got all the blood work done and April 6th is my surgery, a full hysterectomy and we are hopeful and praying so that the cancer is contained. If so and no lymph nodes etc are affected, I should be ok and will need no further treatment. That is the good news!!

I have found that as we shared about my cancer we have gotten all kinds of responses. And from the kind people who said,  “Oh, I am sorry, I will pray for you! ” to other less gracious responses. Someone told me, ” You will be fine!” I do hope and pray so, BUT no one knows that but our Good Heavenly Father! And to say it does not encourage me either! I know they might have the best intentions and some are scared because they don’t want it to be them, so they say thing to get you to stop talking about cancer.

I know I have learned from this that I want be a lot more gracious to sick or hurting people in the future!  Our journeys through life take us on many different paths. And we are still trusting God through this. He is holding us and we are encouraged most of the time!

We will be staying on in Phoenix area a bit longer until I am well enough to move. Then we are not sure where we will end up this summer, but somewhere cooler for sure. For now we are confident we are in the right place for us!

May God give you peace in your life circumstances as well!

Jan for the not so Roaming Reimer’s

Thoughts and prayer

October 6, 2016

A friend of mine called me this morning saying,,I awoke several times last night with you on my mind, Is everything ok?”

We had both been busy and had not talked since the spring, but I was soon lad that sh called had had a scare the night before and knowing that God has awakened her to pray of me was a true gift! What happened? We have our Rv house parked in Seattle at a church where we will be this weekend for a missions conference. Kent had gone into church after dinner to attend a class. I stayed home to rest and relax a bit.  A stranger knocked on the door and after he left I felt someone checking our doors and compartments on the rig to see if they were open.  I don’t know if it was the man nor if it was someone trying to hurt me, but I was  rattled! I had texted Kent immediately to see if he could come home. He came as soon as he could and I was ok but still a bit scared. Was this the reason God woke my friend? Who knows? But I was very grateful for her call and her prayers. Just a reminder to all of us to pray when God prompts us. Who knows but what we are helping someone in need or danger?

Thanks friend, Rachel for calling me and for your prayers and friendship!

Until later,

jan for the Roaming Reimers


A day that will not be forgotten soon!

September 7, 2015

We set out last Monday morning on a short trip of a little over 200 miles. As we pulled out I prayed for safety on the roads. I knew it was a possibility of rain so then I, as the passenger texted our kids to pray as we traveled down the road.  Traffic was about normal but there are several stretches of the highway that is narrower-er and so the traffic seems worse. It was before there is some construction so not in that area.  We were planning on stopping at the rest stop in about 10 miles from where we did stop.

BUT about an hour north we were driving along with lots of traffic. The speed limit had been reduced and so we were going only less than 50mph. We saw some people on the right side of the road…and so we moved into the passing lane because of that and all of a sudden the SUV in front of us slammed on their brakes even though there was no one in front of their vehicle..Kent hit our brakes, the trailer brakes and blew the horn in hopes that the vehicle would keep moving… BUT in seconds we had an accident. Glass flew all over our windshield as the back windshield of the other vehicle broke apart. Both vehicles were still moving when we impacted.  When the SUV and we stopped, we were still in the left lane and in possible danger.  So when we saw the SUV moving to the right side of the road, we followed as we realized it could move and we could too. WOW!

We both jumped out and went to see if the driver was ok. She was moving, talking to us, not bleeding outwardly, making calls. I stopped and prayed with her after she agreed that would be ok if I did. She said her foot hurt. She said she’d called her husband. And that she needed to talk to her work and so I left her to do that. A police officer came, he had been a part of the other accident that had taken place and he called for an ambulance for the lady.  I was glad that she knew her name and could call her husband, work etc. Looking at the back of her vehicle it wasn’t that badly damaged. So I was praying that she wasn’t hurt too badly either.  The ambulance was there quickly and carefully loaded her onto a stretcher and took her to the hospital. I was so grateful the lady seemed to be doing pretty well considering an accident. I knew she would be shook up and definitely hurting but it could have been much worse and that was what I was grateful for.

Then we finally had time to assess the damage to our vehicles. Kent was on the phone with our insurance company trying to arrange tow trucks for us. Our truck had the radiator punctured on impact so you could see the radiator fluid had leaked out on the road and across as we drove to the side.  There was damage to the trucks right fender, bumper and hood,. When we walked back to the Rv and looked at it. It seemed to be ok and looking at our car on the was ok! BUT our fifth wheel hitch(which is what actually pulls our RV) was totally broken and sticking up at an very odd angle. So Kent knew we would need two tow trucks.

Kent and the insurance guy were talking and phoning back and forth several times. I must say I was so impressed with Nationwide Insurance and very glad they were our coverage at this point. A guy named Lenny was so helpful and even kind to us.

The state troopers were at the spot right away, as they had pulled someone over for speeding..and there had been another accident, a minor one. No one appeared hurt in that one.

The police actually took the information from all of us and made us copies of the exchange of information which had all the pertinent info etc. In less than 30 minutes, they were trying to get the vehicles off the side of the road so that traffic wouldn’t be impeded. So all the other vehicles that had been behind us..two trooper vehicles. a semi, four cars all left and we were waiting for tow trucks.

When they all left we thought that the tow trucks would be there soon….That wasn’t to be. We ended up waiting until 4 pm for two tow trucks to come and help us off the side of the road. The accident took place right before noon. That was 4 hours later. Now as we waited along the side of the road, the traffic had no idea that we had been in an accident as there was a slight curve in the road and they all were driving fast along there. After two hours Kent called the insurance company again and asked about the tow trucks. They actually called another company since the one they had asked to come was still not able to come for several hours. So they called a company that was further away and so had an hour’s drive…so that they also could not get there too quickly. But I was grateful that the insurance company seemed to understand our plight.

I must say that those 3 1/2 hours sitting in our truck just waiting for the tow trucks was more harrowing than the accident itself. Sitting on the side of the road, sticking out somewhat as we could not move once we got there right after the accident because the radiator was punctured. We stayed in our truck, which felt the safest option. We were texting with our family and friends and everyone was praying for us. So…when the tow trucks finally got there we were very relieved!!!

There were two tow trucks and two drivers.. One nice one named P.. and one not so nice named  R… R was in charge and started shouting at P to do this and that. Of course they were a bit stressed too seeing that we were so close to the highway. But R was swearing and carrying on..and Kent was at that moment talking to our insurance company.  Kent told the guy at the insurance company…So the insurance company guy asked to talk to R. After the insurance guy talked to R, he settled down. I was grateful, as we were already a little un-nerved from the accident , waiting for 3 1/2 hours and then that our house would have to be towed etc. After that talk things seemed much better.

The second driver hooked up to our RV house and then we all stopped at Walmart to take our car off the truck as we would be needing that. that took about 10 minutes and then we were towed to the RV park about 4 miles down the road. The truck had a further ride to a place to get it fixed.

BUT at the end of the day, in looking back we had many things to be grateful for!!! The Woman we hit wasn’t in serious condition such as fighting for her life. I am sure she was hurting but not as seriously as it could have been. BIG PRAISE! We both were ok too! Then we had our RV house to stay in and even our car.  All Big blessings. God was good to us in all of this!!

I will say that we also realized that God must have a reason for us to be in this town…so we are looking for that opportunity that He had placed us where we are for now. Please pray with us for S.. the lady we hit. Please pray that we do what God’s wants for us while we are here.

We have to wait until our truck is fixed but we are “at home” and Kent is still working while we wait here. One of our dear friends and colleagues came and had lunch with us to make sure we were ok and to pray with us. Also Kent’s oldest brother who was with Kent’s parents helping them , he drove to see us last night before flying back to his home and family. We are blessed even in these visits.

Our Rving lifestyle has advantages and having our RV with us is a big blessing in this incident. Again Praising GOD!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers