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1 year ago

April 6, 2018

I have been thinking this week of 1 year ago, as last year today I had my cancer surgery! I am soooooooooo glad to be where I am this year!

I still have cancer checkups and I will have one this next week. BUT I am Praising God all my checkups have been good and the blood work has shown no more cancer! We will continue to monitor my health with checkups but feel very positive and encouraged for future good health! And I am feeling a bit stronger and healthier too! All of these things are gifts from God as well!

Praise God with us! And enjoy the health and strength you have!

Gratefully yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Still more travels

October 27, 2012

We didn’t have to travel as long today so we left around 9:30 am. When we “boondock” (that is park without hookups,) it doesn’t take very long to get ready in the morning. This morning was in the high 4o’s so we took the time to make a hot oatmeal breakfast. Then off we went down the road.

Scenery as we took off

Down the road a bit

We saw a variety of different landscapes but mostly desert. We went over a small mountain pass at 3,000 feet. YOu can see it here in the distance

Then ended up down in a valley near sea level again.

We even saw a whole valley of Cholla Cacti (pronounced Cho ya). They were in bloom and so we fun to see again. They are the lighter yellowish bloom you can somewhat see.

As we came down the mountain…we saw the Colorado River . Yeah! After all of that desert it was wonderful to see a bit of green and the water again.

When we crossed the river we were officially in Arizona again. Here is the sign welcoming us.

We are parked tonight in a RV park in Arizona.

My flowers that were languishing in the turnl of my car seemed happy to see the sun.

Also some late tomatoes from Kent’s parents that I am trying to get ripe enjpoyed the sun.

We wanted to wash clothes and do some cleaning. We also wanted to go to a church in town. Kent is coaching a young man that attends a church in town and Kent thought it would be good to see the church and pastor tomorrow. So we are here for a few days.

So long for now,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Going Down the road!

October 23, 2012

We have been traveling now for several days. We started out by going south to Vancouver, Washington. We stayed at the back of the building where our WorldVenture Northwest Office is housed. They gave us electricity and a safe and free place to park for the weekend and we were grateful.

We spent the weekend there as Kent had a conference to do on Saturday. We also got to spend some time with Kent’s sister LeAnn and husband Ken who live in Vancouver now. We got to go to their church and just love it. We love spending time with our family.

On Saturday, while Kent was gone I got to spend 5 hours with a dear missionary friend. We mostly email each other over the years but once in awhile we get to connect in person. The hours flew by like minutes as we spent time catching each other up on our lives, families and ministries.

On Monday, we headed to Roseburg, Oregon in the pouring rain: I won’t complain as it had been a very dry summer in the Northwest.

We did see some pretty scenery along the way. I love the mountains and tall majestic evergreens of the Pacific Northwest.

Roseburg is where we have some dear friends we have known for over 30 year. We met them while living and ministering in SE Alaska. Phil and Jeannie have become even better friends the last few years. We look forward to every opportunity to see and be with them. They are planning on coming to Arizona to do some projects and we hope to see them there as well.

We got some sunshine and beautiful scenery…can you see the snow capped mountain peaking out on the left hand side of the road…under the clouds? The sign along the road said Mt Mcloughlin.

We have been driving with lots of big trucks hauling logs from the many forest in Oregon. Logging is an important job in Oregon.


Another highlight was that I called some other friends that we have also known for over 30 years .we got to know them in Alaska as well. Sid and Kathy’s hometowns are right off the freeway. So as I was thinking of them, I picked up the phone and called to see how they were and where they were now. We were able to get to see them for breakfast before heading down the road. It was a treat to see them again too as it was unexpected.We had thought they weren’t in the area so we almost missed seeing them.

We also had plans for meeting up with some friends, which we have only known for about 2 years now for lunch in Grants Pass, Oregon. They have just recently moved into a RV, like ours full time. It was a busy and emotional year for them. They both retired, moved out of their house and  left life time friends behind. They are in Oregon now helping to care for Debbie’s dad. We had a nice lunch with them and then got back on the road.

It was another interesting note that God did…Two of these couples have lost their only son to death in the past few years. The anniversary of those deaths was within a few days of our visit.  It was timely to have some special time with all these dear people.

This is where we parked last night. It is a RV park. I needed to do some laundry so we paid for a park for that night. It looked like a really nice park to come and enjoy in the sunshine. Maybe another time we could so that. But we had some sun to pack up this morning. Praising God for that as we have been driving in mostly rain.

 

As we went along we were met with a pretty view of Mt Shasta. With the weather today being a bit cloudy and rainy we were glad for this view.

 

We are parked here tonight:

Yes, it is a parking lot ….right beside a McDonald’s. It is free, fairly level and free..oh I think I said that already. We do have a really nice view out the back window… We are grateful for these free spots once in awhile as they save a bit of money.

We are continuing down the road tomorrow. Kent is checking road conditions as we did go over a 4,000 foot mountain pass today. There was some snow on the hills around that pass. So we need to get out of these higher areas. We do not drive this rig in snow. So if you pray for us…keep doing it. I had two close calls today and am very grateful for your prayers!!!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Saying goodbye and moving on

October 19, 2012

Yes, we are about to take off and “go down the road” again. Here is where we have been parking for this summer.

We love living at and Jan loves working for SAMBICA. Kent continues to do our mission work for WorldVenture. Jan joins him at times in ministry too as Kent supports Jan in her job at SAMBICA at times. this Mission Fest was last weekend. We met a lot people interested in serving in missions.

 

 

Yesterday morning at the weekly staff meeting we said goodbye to the staff of SAMBICA. It was moving and humbling to hear the prayers of the team. There was a nice gift of appreciation as well,  a gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse as well as a sweet gift made my a friend.  But their prayers, words of encouragement and card were very appreciated. Goodbyes are hard as we never know if we will see this special people again, as Christians we know we will see each other again in heaven if not anywhere else. Goodbyes are still not easy and always a bit emotional.

Here is a bit of what I did at SAMBICa this summer:

What this flower bed looked like when I arrived:

What it looked like when I cleaned it up and planted the spring flowers

In the middle of summer

Other flower bed before

After cleaning up and planting spring flowers:

Fall look: Still blooming but frost is coming.

Another flower bed: in Spring before:

Now still looking good:

Another bed: In Spring

Middle of summer

End of summer:

I also was able to add an Herb garden this summer for the kitchen. Kent built the frame for me and we were able to find some good plants. That was fun!

Sometimes here in the Pacific NorthWest I find mushrooms in my landscaping role. Here is one I found in the early summer. Pretty huge mushrooms…And no we didn’t eat them as I wasn’t sure if they were edible, but they would have made a huge mushroom soup, right?

Now we are leaving and we will be heading to Arizona although we have stops along the way. We would appreciate your prayers for us as we travel as you might remember our truck tire blowing in the spring. That is all fixed now but we could still use your prayers for us. 

Keep watching for where we stop along the way. 

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

 

Silas at SAMBICA

July 29, 2012

Silas got to come all across the country to come to camp at SAMBICA where we are currently parked and where I (Jan) am working this summer. It is in Bellevue, Washington near Seattle. We were sooo excited about having him here and of course his parents too.

We did get to take some pictures while he was here although he was having so much fun it was hard to slow him down enough to get the pictures.

The climbing tree

Playing on the inflatable obstacle course

Playing a favorite game with all the campers called Ga Ga. The idea was to hit the tennis ball against the wall and then try to hit another person. Then that person is out.

We were watching as Silas won the game for the first time even with much older kids. Fun!

 

On Thursday night there is a carnival event. Silas had fun at every booth and also got a ballon hat.

Silas also had fun on the climbing wall.

He also loved the jumping house.

Here is his counselor. Great Guy…his camp name is Like it..

In the evening Silas came home and slept at our house but he was so exhausted that most nights he was in bed and asleep before 8 PM. Here he is sitting with grandpa.

And of course his parents Josh our son and Teresa his wife also got to be here for a visit. It was short but so much fun and we treasure every minute.

We are always grateful for all the time we have to see our family and to see Silas as he is growing up way too fast!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling and remembering our veterans

May 28, 2012

We have been moving again. We spent last weekend in Nampa, Idaho at Mission Aviation Fellowship’s Headquarters. That is where we spent the summer in 2010. So we have several friends and Kent has some first cousins that live there. We were able to get together with all that were available.

It was a busy weekend also for Kent as he was getting new tires put on the truck and car and then had to have a CV joint, put in the car. BUT…The CV joint was under the car’s initial warranty and so we were grateful for that.  For those that don’t know that has something to do with an axle. 

So we are grateful to be safer on the road as we pulled out on Wednesday morning and drove to Pendleton, Oregon. Yes, that is the town where they make the Pendleton woolens.

Kent had a lot of office work to get caught up on, so we parked early and he got a lot done.  Kent has had lots of interviews with several couples that re interested in going with WorldVenture. He has been processing their paperwork to get them in the application stage. So he has spent a lot of time on the phone and also then documenting the conversations. That has been a lot of paperwork but we are sooo glad to have new people interested in serving God overseas.

Friday we pulled into SAMBICA camp in Bellevue, WA. We are glad to be here. I went right to work on Saturday afternoon as it was sunny. Sunday we re-connected with the Asian church where we attended lots last summer.

I did want to take the opportunity of Memorial Day celebration to THANK the veterans out there. I am sooo grateful for the freedoms we have in this country. I am so grateful for all those that have served our country and for those that gave their lives. After living overseas I can even more appreciate the sacrifice of our military personnel.

I now have 4 male family members, two brothers and two nephews all buried in the same military cemetery in Pennsylvania. It is very hard to say goodbye to these family members and my nephews were way to young to die. They served our country well but none of them died in the line of duty.

Here is pictures of that cemetery:My brother Ralph’s is first

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My nephew Christopher who was killed in an auto accident not even a year ago.

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An overview of the cemetery, all of these are new graves since last July.

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Please THANK a VETERAN for their service…not only today but any day you see them. Just take a moment to thank them. That is what I do… May you treasure your freedoms in America! And pray for our country to honor not only our veterans but God as well.

May God bless you!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

It sounded like a shotgun going off right behind us..

May 16, 2012

Kent and I looked at each other and then Kent looked out the rear mirrors and knew it was a truck tire that blew.  We stopped to look at the damage. As I got out I wondered just how bad the damage might be and if someone was beside us when the tire blew…..

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We were so glad to see no other vehicle was beside us and so no one else got hurt and it appeared that there wasn’t as much damage as it could have been. We couldn’t tell if the RV had any damage..it looked ok  but the truck had a lot of damage to the fender and step nearby. It would have so much more worse If that fender had not been encased in that metal.

Since we were traveling on a two lane highway we had pulled off to the side. But the speed limit on this road was 70 miles an hour. So we went right into the mode of what should we do so we can go further down the road to get to s safe place to see what could be done. I didn’t think to take pictures at first but when Kent saw me get the camera out he encouraged me.

While Kent figured out if we could go down the road..I stayed behind the car waving the traffic by. I didn’t realize when I put on my bright pink shirt that I would stand out from the grey color of the scenery and road..so that was a blessing too.This was about 5 miles from Lund, Nevada population about 300. The closest town for any kind of help with this problem was 37 miles away. And a big town was Las Vegas which was several hours away about 150 miles south.  So we were really out in the boonies. The road was fairly well traveled though as trucks use it to bring products to these small towns too and going from Las Vegas to Twin Falls, Idaho.  So you can see we were wondering how we’d get that tire fixed till we cold get to a big town…

Since we had been sitting alongside a well traveled road and we had to take the damaged fender off to drive, we did take it off before I got pictures. This is what it looked like after we took the damaged fender off.  The tire on the outside is definitely blown…Without the metal on the fender I think we would have had a lot more damage.

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So it will have to straightened and then repaired etc.

Here is Kent and the mobile repair guy who came with a new tire for us.

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New tire on

So we have a new tire and the rest of the damage isn’t so bad that we can’t drive it and no real damage to our RV.

We are safe and so grateful for God’s protection!!!! If you ever pray for us THANKS!  God answered your prayers for our protection.

Love,

Jan from the Roaming Reimers

In memory of my brother Merle

March 16, 2012

I got a call 10 days ago that my brother Merle at age 61 had about 3 days to live. He has had bladder cancer for several years and seemed to be doing pretty well the last time I saw him.

Two of my brothers went to his side. Thankfully there is a Veterans hospital and hospice unit near where he lived and he got good care and kindness at this point in his life. My three brothers had some good times visiting. Merle seemed a bit better.

But more importantly Merle accepted Christ as his savior! I have been praying for Merle for years and this is a wonderful answer to many prayers for his soul.

Merle passed away yesterday morning.

A little background, we were 10 children and Merle is the 7th child, but the 6th boy. I came three years later. He was very intelligent and did well when he put his mind to something.

Merle is the first child on the left side. I am the only girl. Taken in 1961 when our family lived in a one room school house due to a fire that took our entire house and furnishing.

Here is our family right after we moved into the old school house. We were grateful to have a place to live but the grief from our losses is on most of the older children faces and our parents of course. Our sister had married and therefore wasn’t in this picture. People in the community had given us many things to help our family and me a new doll after we lost everything in the fire. I am hugging him.

Merle was drafted into the Army and he went to Fort Benning, Georgia for basic training and I remember attending the graduation. He went into the 92nd Airborne division and we were all real proud of him. He went on to serve in VietNam.

I remember one special memory…he really attracted to this girl. He wanted to impress her…so he asked our mom to help him learn to sew, so he could make his girlfriend a dress. Now he was anything but a tough guy but he wanted to show a special kindness and love to the girl. I don’t think she really appreciated it…but I remembered and thought how sweet and romantic it was.

A picture taken of our family in 1988 right after Kent and I came home form Brazil for our missionary furlough. Merle is the last one on the right in the back row. He isn’t looking at the camera.

Merle had many things that bothered him and now I know he is at peace and in God’s arms. I am so glad that he was willing to admit his need for God.

As you read this, I am on my way to his funeral. I will be with the rest of my family and pray that I can be the testimony that I can be.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

In Detroit

May 14, 2010

Yeah, we flew to Detroit on Tuesday and have been having lots of fun with Silas and Josh and Teresa since arriving. I will try to get some pictures and post some tomorrow. But I wanted to let you know what part of the country we were in.

We have also been having fun with Teresa’s sister’s family as Jenny & Jonny live right next door. They share an apartment wall. They have 4 kids now and Eli is Silas’ age. All of the kids like having us come for a visit. We have all gone to the closest playground and had fun together. So we sort of are grandma and grandpa for all of them. Fun fun!

Till tomorrow.

Love,
Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Denver

May 8, 2010

We are now in Denver and staying with Kara(our daughter) and Nick her husband. We arrived yesterday after crossing the mountains in the snow. We left our RV house in Grand Junction at Kent’s uncle’s house and only drove our little car.

We are seeing spring flowers in bloom and many friends. We will be here until Tuesday when we will be flying to Detroit.

More later,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers