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Yea! Two years and counting…

March 22, 2019

Two years ago I had the unexpected and unpleasant news that I had CANCER. I had not been feeling well, I had some unexplained pain, so had seen a dr. When she told us the news, I was stunned! I try to eat healthily, exercise and other things…but still I got the diagnosis of cancer.

During a week or two after that I prayed a lot and thought about alternatives and how I wanted to pursue treatment. I remembered that the four of my siblings that were diagnosed with cancer ALL died within two years of their diagnosis. I wanted to have a different outcome…

I found a good GYN/Oncologist and after seeing her felt good about the total hysterectomy that she suggested.. My surgery was April 6, 2017. When all the tests came back that other organs were NOT affected by the cancer, my dr and Kent and I were pretty positive too. I recovered from surgery but still feel that I have less energy than I used to. Oh well!

So today it is two years since I got this diagnosis, and I am CELEBRATING, first that I am ALIVE and HEALTHY! Also celebrating that at this point my cancer is in remission! I wish I could say gone, but there re regular blood test checking for cancer cells and I have been diligent about doing those.

THOUGHTS FROM THIS JOURNEY:

I try to live each day with gratitude for that day!

I try to be kind to everyone I meet, even if they are not kind to me. Who knows what they may be dealing with?

I want those that I love to know it…experience my love for them and not ever wonder about it.

I am planning for a future and I have hope that I may live a long life.

I try to tell my husband and my loved ones that I love them very often!

I pray that, you will be aware of some of these things too and learn how to live life with gratitude for every day! There is so much to be thankful for!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Kent has an unexpected trip

March 15, 2019

A few days ago, we got a call that Kent’s father was in the hospital with pneumonia and a c.diff infection. Dad is 97 and has had a hard winter. Mom who is 94 also has been in the hospital some this winter. They were both doing better and were sleeping well and then dad got pneumonia. They are still living alone although most of the winter have had “helpers” for hours during the day and or at night. Kent’s sister also has had a lot of nights sleeping at their house to be near by.

This was them when we saw them in November of this year.

So the youngest brother from Indiana decided to come for a visit. Kent’s oldest brother also was coming in March. So Kent decided to go to see them at this time too. I was so glad to send him to go and see them. Kent’s sister needs some support and with everyone there for a few days I hope that will help her.

And a recent picture of mom with her four children all together after mom had several trips to the hospital this winter.

We are planning on going to their area this summer also, but this was too many weeks out. Kent will be there for a week at this time. We are so grateful for his parents and the many good years of life they have had. God has blessed Kent’s family as they have had their parents for many years.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ps. As Kent was leaving me, we had to get to Phoenix to fly out..where to leave me and the RV house… we went back to our church’s parking lot and I am living off the grid on solar power for this week! I am grateful to have safe place to stay though.

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

Visiting Oklahoma City

November 2, 2018

After visiting our friends near Tulsa we wanted to stop in Oklahoma City. Anytime we have been close to Oklahoma City before I have wanted to see the memorial to those who were killed in the bombing of the Federal building in 1995. It was about two miles one way walk for us from the Bass Pro store where we parked for the night.

We had a great night for walking and it was good to get the exercise too. The memorial was beautiful and well done. The rows of chair type memorials to all those slain, apparently is lighted at night. There were 168 killed and about 680 injured. One third of the building was destroyed. Many buildings around it were also highly damaged. There is a partial wall available to see. Because we had walked, we didn’t have enough time to see the museum and walk back before dark, but I will try to do that the next time I get there.

It was neat to see how the city was calmly looking for healing in all of this very sad event. There were many pansies planted all over. Since I am a flower lover , I know that pansies are for remembrance, besides bringing joy in the colors. The fence that is decorated with all kinds of memorabilia from the survivors and others around the country had some very particularly moving objects on it. I couldn’t help but feel how I’d feel if my loved one had been torn from my life like that.. But again the sense of healing was here too! It amazed me and moved me.

Awe inspiring and gratitude for this great country that we have and the way Oklahomans have healed from this terrible national terrorist act. I loved seeing this!

We also got to see the memorial to the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889 to unassigned lands. These were lands that did not be,one to Indian tribes. It is amazing how the Oklahoma City started and grew from that day into a small town quite quickly, Amazing piece of our country’s westward settlement. We aren’t sure but have heard that there were some of Kent’s relatives may have been on this land rush. Anyway, the park that commemorates this was within a short walk of where we parked..so of course we stopped by there too. These more than life sized figures on horses se courageous men and women.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting friends and supporters in Tennessee

September 22, 2018

We lived for nearly 3 years in East Tennessee while Kent was getting missionary pilot training. It was an adjustment for Kent and I but we not only came to understand some of their customs but came to love the people and be loved by them. Our little church that we attended supported us as missionaries for many years. We made many long lasting friends that we treasure and still keep in touch with!

We always get to see and often stay with Larry and Yolanda. We have known them too more than 40 years. We always have a great time with them. We did get to go for a nice walk around a river. It is such a beautiful part of the country too!

And this year Kent had a bit of a maintenance issue on our RV house while we were there. Larry, his help and his tools were a huge help with that project too! Larry also arranged for a place for us to park during our stay…at a campground across from the Bristol Motor Speedway. The brother and sister who own and run this campground were so sweet and kind to us.

Kent did get to speak in our supporting church as well and we saw some of the people we’ve known for that long too! There were also a family that had left the area and then came back.. so we got to see them and their adult kids too. All of which we haven’t seen for a long time too!

I also got to visit with another missionary friend. Joan and her husband were the missionaries that welcomed us to the field in Brazil. Her husband passed away many years ago now. So I had lunch with her to catch up. She is the age that my sister would be (who went to heaven in 2000). And very like a sister to me too! It was a special time with a dear friend!

Grateful for great friends! And these long term friends!

Blessed,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling east and finding fun places to stay

June 10, 2018

We have been traveling along many red or country roads for the last few weeks. Kent and I really enjoy that. We both were raised on farms and so really enjoy these drives.

We are always on the look out for low overpasses and small bridges and places to pull off the road safely due to the weight of our RV house and the big truck so we can enjoy all these places. Just the same we do find all kinds of fun places to stay.

Kent has an app for his mobile devices that helps us find some of these places to park overnight for free. Yes, that is right for FREE! Now some of you know that Walmart’s often allow an RV to park overnight in their parking lots. I am sure some of you have seen RVs parking at some Walmarts near you. And we do park at some Walmarts. But there are lots of other places to park for free.

Of course, having friends or family with big enough property for us to park on has been one of the biggest blessings on this trip. And when needed they gave us electric…so we can use either heater(when it is cold) or air conditioning when it is hot or humid! We also got some fresh water from some hosts and several have allowed us to wash our clothes too.

Some of you are wondering what do you do about dumping our tanks? Well, we look for places like campgrounds, fairgrounds and other places that will allow us to dump either for free or a few dollars. Now we are not unwilling to park in a RV campground or other places where we have full hookup BUT we feel like it is like a treasure hunt to find places where we don’t have to pay…to stay.

So here is a collage of some of the places including friend’s houses where we have parked for free… you can see some of them were in the country and some more in the city but all interesting and fun!

We have now traveled through the following states…leaving Arizona, traveling through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania.

We have driven on a few major highways but many more smaller red or side roads..we try to avoid dirt roads as the stones might damage our RV and truck😒! We love driving through the small towns… some have been as small as less than 100 and of course some large cities as well.

We have met many wonderful people on our way. We have been in churches and even a Cowboy Church in Colorado. We have met people in parks, in parking lots, some stores, in a few restaurants.

And we have seen lots of scenery along the way. From the red rocks of Utah to the rolling hills of Iowa and Nebraska to the flatter farmland of Illinois and Indiana to the beautiful scenery in Michigan and finally the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. We have seen all kinds of crops being raised…corn, soybeans, northern beans, wheat, and alfalfa…this only what we could see from the roads. We heard about hydroponic tomatoes being raised in a huge greenhouse in Nebraska.

We have seen all kinds of herds of cattle, goats, alpacas and a HUGE sheep herd that we had to slowly drive along with them as they were being herded by horse and sheep dog around us and other motorists in Colorado. And in Pennsylvania have seen the many herds of dairy cows.

We have had a lot for fun, finding places for lunch along the way…we try to find a place to stop and have lunch in our RV but often meet some locals in the process. One day in Nebraska a local came to see if we had broken down or needed any help? Kent chatted with him and got to know a lot about the little town we had stopped in! We really enjoy the small towns and don’t mind slowing down to enjoy them.

We also have had tons of people slow down their vehicles as they drive past us. So they can take a picture or video of us and our unusual rig carrying our little smart car…

We find the people of America to be so friendly and helpful! And we love traveling through it to find those people. We feel so fortunate to be a citizen of this great country and able to travel from state to state and meeting all these wonderful people and many of them are our dear friends who have supported us through these 40 years of ministry!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

My birthday

October 31, 2017

Yes, I had a Birthday this week!. I usually look forward to my birthday and Kent and I find fun things to do that the birthday person gets free…such as a free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s restaurant…all you have to do is show them your Identification.. also Red Robin restaurant if you are a part of the rewards program..you will get an email saying your will get a gourmet burger and fries for any time during your birthday month..Nice!

There are many other offers but since I knew we had to be moving our RV house this year I didn’t look for free offers.  So this year we had to travel on my birthday and that is usually busy enough.. we had to get to central California by Thursday for a marriage retreat that we are doing for the weekend… yes, we are the main speakers.. it is a bit scary as we have never done anything like this.  I will tell you more about that later..

So, when I looked ahead to my birthday, I was a bit depressed… you ask Why? Well, this year with my cancer diagnosis…kind of made a difference and also because of my four siblings that died of cancer, all before they were my new age! So, it sort of feels a little scary to start this year knowing that my siblings all died within two years of their cancer diagnosis..

Don’t get me wrong… I feel good right now and I have a good prognosis… but at times thoughts come into our heads even when we have lots to look forward too!

So, as I shared with Kent…he realized that I was feeling a little blue.. so on my birthday he bought me a dozen roses and a beautiful birthday card! What a sweet husband.. as he knew that I needed a little “lift”…. I am so glad for this man! It turned out to be a nice birthday after all!

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Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

“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

A major change in plans

June 14, 2016

My husband Kent and I were busy doing things around our RV house on Saturday evening. I told Kent that I would go inside and start getting dinner. He was washing windows on our RV, on a 8 ft ladder . Well, I decided to clean up first and then I hear a loud “Thump” and Kent groaning. When I looked out I saw Kent flat on his back on the ground. Yikes!!  I ran out to him, asking him to remain where he was as I could see his head was bleeding and I was concerned about broken bones, head injuries etc! He was writhing in pain and didn’t really hear me. I ran and got my phone and dialed 911, and as I was telling them where we were,  Kent started to get up from the ground. So I told the operator I had to go and help Kent.

So Kent decided he was well enough for me to take him to the Emergency Room. So that is what I did! They got him a wheel chair immediately and triaged him pretty quickly, got him back to a room. He was talking and answering all of their questions so they thought he was fine. After about 3 hours and X-rays, then a CAT scan, because his side seemed to hurt more than they thought it should. They were checking organs too. So the doctors decided he only had 4 broken ribs and bruised and battered body. They decided to keep him in the hospital overnight as he was in a lot of pain and for observation.

We were praising God and the good medical team that checked Kent out! There could have been a lot worse things had happened because of this fall. Anyway, the fall and resultant broken ribs changed our plans for the next couple of weeks. We were going to move to Boise, Idaho area tomorrow. Now we aren’t moving and we are still praising God for his protection.

Here is a picture that I took a few months ago when Kent was working  on our solar panels on the roof of our RV. He walked so confidently on this roof! We will be extremely careful in doing this again.

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Kent is slowly improving and we are also glad for some strong medicines to help his pain right now.

Grateful to God for His protection and good doctors! And this nice view from his hospital room of Mount Adams.

Jan for the Roaming( not right now ) Reimers

A tribute to My mom

May 23, 2016

So I was thinking about my own mom on Mothers Day, also because her birthday was the day, before this year. So two reasons to be thinking of her. I can hardly believe that it is 5 years since she went to heaven. Sometimes it feels longer but mostly it feels like it was just yesterday. We had her for 90 years and I am forever grateful for that!

Once your mom and dad both are gone, it feels a lot different…  I don’t know if I can express it,  but it makes you stop and think even more about life and death. I am SO grateful that my mom knew Jesus as her savior, as I do! That makes her passing from this earth much easier.

But I still miss her a lot! I miss: knowing I can call her, I miss that I could encourage her to come for a visit, or that I could ask her some questions about her life..I miss just knowing she was still within a short flight to see and hug her, or a phone call away!

I felt my mom did a good job given all the things she had to deal with. She had a lot to deal with as she had ten children and we had 20 years between us. Our dad was sick a lot and mom had to work full time and still try to care for the children and the house, garden, etc. It was a huge task and she didn’t complain, just did it.

This picture of her and I is not the best quality but I treasure it as there are very few of the two of us when I was young.

 

Sometimes I wished that my mom hugged me more  but since she didn’t ..I helped to teach her how to hug more. After I became an adult and learned to hug other as well. And she got better at it and more comfortable too.

Now that I have been a mother myself for almost 36 years, I ask God to help me to be a good mother even now with adult children. I pray to do as well as my mom did.

Thanks Mom!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers