Archive for the ‘Working’ Category

Saying goodbye to an old tree

June 30, 2020

Yes, that is right! A tree!

Kent’s parents moved to their farm in Washington state in 1959. There was a good sized maple tree was on the property then. Kent remembers that there was a chain around it ho,ding some the branches together back then.

We have parked under it for over 13 summers/ falls now. But the family have had many picnics under it, taken many family pictures under it in the past 61 years. It was a landmark in the community too.

I had warned Kent’s father about some insects we saw crawling around the ground and going up the tree several years ago, we had also seen some rot on one of the huge branches. So we knew that someday it would have to come down. While we were gone on our trip to see our son, a HUGE branch fell down. Narrowly missing our RV. In fact if we had parked 10 feet closer as we had in other years, we would have been hit and could have been killed in our bedroom. The electricity was ripped from the pole at the road and some damage to the barn in several places. We are SO grateful NO one was hurt as no one was on the property at this time. Praising GOD for that!

Well, first thing we moved off the property as much work had to be done! Kent, his oldest brother who arrived with his wife, and his sister and husband all worked tirelessly on restoring electricity to the property. It took two weeks and much work! Things had to be put in new as the old farm needed updating to certain codes now.

Also we have a good friend with a chain saw that also rented a boom truck to cut down the tree. I and my sister in law got rides in it too! We think the tree probably was planted in 1880 or around that. It was close to 150 years old. That is pretty old for a Maple. It was 25 feet in circumference at the base and the width on the top was about 100 feet across. As we cut it down, we found a ton of rot… so again grateful no person was hurt as it broke!

So I tried to get pictures of the process. It sure looks different on the yard now but… it needed to be done to be safe.

All three couples worked hard on this project and also our friend with his equipment too! We are now back on the farm and working in other projects and trying to keep it neat and clean. Mom got to come for a family lunch in her kitchen.

We found the chain, and the hook. The inspector came quickly and right behind him the electric company hooked up the power!

Grateful to God for his protection!

Many memories over the years of this tree!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping our son

June 29, 2020

We flew in masks to help our son on a total remodel of his basement. We had a real surprise when Kent’s cousin was our pilot! That was fun too.

Josh and family had been busy getting stuff done on the remodel but we thought we could help move it forward a bit and we like to help with projects!

This trip also included a special birthday celebration for our son, Josh. it is hard believe that he hit this milestone! Since there could not be any kind of party because of the coronavirus restrictions still in place. We took a day off and as Josh requested we all went to see the Naval academy at Annapolis. Again because of Covid, we could not do a tour but the grounds are beautiful and so is the city. We did get to eat out…literally outside but it was a beautiful though warm day. We all enjoyed being away from the project too for a day of rest!

I was trying to help Teresa out with ideas on her flowers, bushes etc.. and then I saw a wooden Adirondack chair that needed some work. I thought maybe I could paint it. But when Josh looked at it he realized that it needed more. Sooo with Kent and Josh’s help we took it apart and remade it into a firewood holder. Fun project!

So fun to be with Josh and family for a week!

What are you doing these last few months?

May 23, 2020

Well, most of us have “stayed at home” as requested by our president and governors. We did too, although with a twist!

I wrote earlier here that we bought a 1983 mobile home in a mobile home park. It was in GOOD shape but could use some updates. It is only 2 miles from our RV home so, we sheltered there as well as our RV every day. We went daily to our mobile and worked there for 8-10 hours. The former owners left almost everything needed. All the furniture, linens, dishes pots pans etc. They also left some paint, don’t most people. so we used that up and when needed went to Home Depot a mile from us for supplies. Also open and doing a HUGE business in paint at this time!

First off, Kent installed good Thermopane windows and trimmed them out beautifully inside and out. Then the trim was painted as well. We also repainted all the kitchen cabinets and installed a unconventional backsplash. We painted the entire great room walls.

I stripped the wallpaper AND THE GLUE from the master bathroom walls. It was a Arduous and messy job, BUT it is now done! It revealed some really ugly wallboard behind.

Kent did many smaller jobs as well as putting in shelving in our master bedroom HUGE closet. He made the entire closet into a great storage area!

We were able to sell the king sized bed and bulky dresser that took up too much room in the master bedroom. The. Kent took off the paneling chair rail and then repaired the walls where the builders had cut huge round holes in the Walls to install outlets and fixtures. The removal of paneling was easy, but the repairs took a lot more work. After several layers of plaster, sanding and then finally painting, we are done for now! But I do like the way it looks now!

We never had trouble sleeping during this time! We were too exhausted at the end of each day for that. We were able to attend our church service, in fact we went to two most Sundays. As we went to our church service in Washington and here in the valley of the sun!

We also were able to internet attend a dear friend’s memorial service on Friday. He was 91 and died of a stroke! He was a special friend and very open about his relationship with Jesus. We miss him but know he is in a much better place with the savior he loved and served.

So we are done for now! We are leaving on Monday to go to greener places! We got a lot accomplished and have a little more to do when we return. But it was so good to have a project to work on.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A video of some of our work. The first pictures are of Kent visiting the former owners and how they had decorated their house. It looks quite a lot different now.

Helping Kent’s mom around the farm and sorting

September 13, 2019

After our trip with our oldest grandson Silas to New York, we came back to Kent’s Mom’s house in Washington state, where our RV house is parked. Kent’s oldest brother, Ron and wife, Jan had driven their truck and camper to the farm. They had helped his sister LeAnn with Mom’s move to an assisted living place.

After Mom’s move, Ron was wanting to sort through papers and pictures to find proofs of Mom’s employment with the War Intelligence department during World War II. Well, it was quite an adventure and each day we found “treasures. ” we did find the poofs, which we needed. We also found many other precious things, such as love letters between her and dad and many pictures that we had not seen before!

Some of the old pictures and also a drawing of dad, done by mom!

We are enjoying this ” treasure hunt!”

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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,

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting family and helping Kent’s parents

January 24, 2018

 

Next we flew from Denver to Seattle and were kindly given a nice place to sleep with Kent’s first cousin and his wife. We love these guys and try to see them whenever we can… we slept and then had a relaxing breakfast visiting as much as we can!

We also were able to have a lunch with my oldest niece, Jana. It is always good to see her too. She lives near Seattle now but I never know where she might be next. She was just about to fly to a warm place for her birthday! So we were glad to catch her before she left.

Then we stopped to have coffee and visit with Kent’s sister, LeAnn and her husband, Ken. It is hard to catch Ken when he isn’t working as he is most of the time. But it was great to catch up for a couple of hours.

Then we drove on to see Kent’s parents. It was great to see them doing so well. We were there to help in any way we could.

In the winter because it is a bit cold to stay in mom and dad’s RV on their property. So we stay with our dear friend, Ed. Ed was Kent’s Sunday school teacher when Kent was 10 years old. So we love he and his wife, Goldie like parents too! It is always good to see Ed and visit Goldie too. Goldie is in a wonderful home for Those that need more care than can be given at home. She is in late stage Alzheimer’s but is well cared for. Ed visits her at least 3 times a week. We also got to visit her and she even seemed to be listening to Kent and tried to talk to him. It was a good visit with Goldie and also Ed in the evenings.

So Monday and Tuesday, Kent helped his parents go to a Drs appointment pick up prescriptions, pick up food and other little errands for them. Me, I wanted to stay and work outside as the weather cooperated. We had done so much trimming of bushes etc in the fall when we were there..now it had been raining enough to allow for burning brush.. so dad and I started it..we had about ten piles of brush.. after lunch I really started piling it on… by dark most of the brush was burnt.. and when I looked at my phone and saw how many steps I had from that exercise…it added up to 5 miles of feeding that fire! No wonder my feet were tired at the end of that day!

Tuesday I gathered leaves and other outside chores that needed to be done. We also took recyling to the center. So I helped outside and Kent did the other tasks needed. LeAnn, Kent’s sister came on Tuesday and Kent and she got to visit some too! Mom even made lunch for us and that is something at 93.

We also got to visit Kents niece and her husband that were married this past summer. It is always good to see them too!

It was a good visit overall!  Watch for the rest of our adventures!

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Love and May God Bless you,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Speaking at a marriage retreat

November 14, 2017

About a year ago, Kent and I were at a retreat center near Yosemite with our mobilization team. While there we met the program director and a few months later she approached us about speaking for a marriage retreat at the conference center.

We were in the process of taking this assisgnment when I was diagnosed with cancer, so we asked to put off saying yes or no until after my surgery and prognosis. And since that turned out good, we decided to say Yes.

So for months we have been reading books, talking about what is important and how to incorporate our missions life and ministry in a marriage retreat.. so two weeks ago we did this marriage retreat at Silver Spur Christian Camp and Retreat Center. Wow, I was blown away by the fact that 50 couples came. They were wonderful and Kent and I felt God used us during the weekend. It was many hours of  preparations for Kent and I. It actually helped us to sort out things in our own marriage. That and the retreat were a big blessing for us too!

There was all kinds of fun things to do as well as the meetings. There were other couples that shared their lives as well. God used all of us!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ministry, visiting Friends and team meetings while enjoying the fall colors and cool weather!

October 31, 2017

After being with mom and dad Reimer we had work to do. First, was Seattle Missions Fest for Friday and Saturday. Mission Fest was fun and plenty of people coming to talk about missions. Kent had a seminar which was well attended. Our co-worker Ginny came to help out at the booth. We also got to have dinner with a couple applying to the mission. Kent has been working with Kyle and Jeannie for several years now and they were very excited to be starting on the process to join WorldVenture. Melody and Bruce our friends where we stayed this summer came to visit and have dinner with us too. So it was a full two days.

We parked our RV house on the Church’s property where Mission Fest was held, sooo we knew we had to get out of the way. We also had to get to Portland and get the RV settled in a RV park because Kent was flying early Monday morning to Chicago!  We did just that and God gave us nice sunny weather for this drive.. as we pulled off the highway we could see a beautiful view of Mt Hood.

We got settled and Kent flew to Chicago for meetings with his team. I(Jan) stayed in Portland. I wanted to visits some special lady friends and it worked out. I first got to see Joan, who was the friend that went with me to Victoria, British Columbia in June. I also got to visit with her husband Peter. It was great to see both of them and we all enjoyed a beautiful fall day where we were able to sit outside on their deck.

Next day I got to visit Rachel my friend for many years now. Her husband was traveling so it gave us a long visit. Rachel also has had cancer and so we could relate on that level too. Rachel and my birthdays are a day apart and since our husbands wer3 not home to cook for..I suggested that we eat out. We went to “The old Spaghetti Factory!” Delicious food and wonderful company.. as Rachel’s daughter was able to go with us! So sweet!

Then I had one day to rest and Kent came back on Thursday. He had a great trip and good meetings with the other team members. We got some work done on the retreat that we have coming up. We also got to visit Brad and Sara and their three beautiful sons. Kent and I have known and coached Brad and Sara for several years. They are appointees with WorldVenture but have had some serious “bumps” in the road. Brad had tongue cancer about a year ago…  and God has healed him in some miraculous ways!!  Sara had twin boys that were born early and had multiple health issues…but as you can see in this picture they all are looking good now. Big brother Cameron was quite proud of his brothers too! . It was such a treat to see them and their family. We praise God for this sweet family and look forward to how God is going to use them in Spain.

On Saturday we drove through pouring rain most of the way to central Oregon. We again parked on a unused parking lot of a church. We were able to go to church in the morning. This is a church where we may be able to minister with them next summer, so we were trying to figure it out by visiting them and Kent meeting several people in leadership!

Sunday afternoon, we again went down the road…driving in sun and only a couple hundred miles to a town near Roseburg, Oregon. We parked in a small RV park and settled in for the week. We are here to visit some dear friends. Our co-worker Doug and we had lunch together on Monday morning. Doug was going Elk hunting so we wouldn’t see him again… On Tuesday we had lunch with Phil and Jeannie. We have known Phil and Jeannie since the days when we lived in Juneau, Alaska in 1981-82. It is always fun to see them. We got to see them a bit more through the week.

The RV park we are in is so close to the forest that we have a lot of wildlife that wanders through the Paarl at all times of day. I thought it quite brazen of the wild turkeys to come through as it is getting close to Thanksgiving…

We spent the week here doing more preparations for the marriage retreat which next weekend where we are main speakers. We worked on the PowerPoint so that we can send it ahead.

So soon we will be going down the road again… hold on for more adventures. I work hard on these videos and wondered whether you enjoy them.. if you watch it will you let me know.. just hit reply and I will see it. Thanks for your help!

Just Click on the link for a short video of our adventures:

https://vimeo.com/240411358

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping at Kent’s parents

October 20, 2017

We were parked at mom and dad’s small farm for five weeks. Our time started out with Kent preaching at mom and dad’s church. He did a great job! Mom and dad were so proud of him. Our dear friend Ed Karber also came to hear him and my neice Jana. It was the first time Jana had ever heard him speak!

Since we do come to work around the farm, dad had some ideas what he wanted done. There were bushes to trim, trees to trim and even the grape arbor… the plum tree and the grape arbor were the last week as we had to first help harvest the crops. The plums weren’t as big of a crop as last year but the grapes were another good harvest.

After having lots of fruit canned when we left last year..I decided to buy fruit to can. So I bought peaches, pears and apples and canned them to my hearts content. With a good grape harvest I also made some grape jelly for us and for mom and dad. We also harvested the squash that are excellent for pies or breads etc. so I baked the one dad gave to me and froze mine…whatever I had not used to make a pumpkin soup that is. So besides the outside work, I was busy canning too. We are so grateful for the harvest and whatever Kent’s parents are willing to share with us. They also share a lot with the local food bank and other various friends that stopped by or that we shared the extra green beans etc.  It is fun to see how much joy the folks get out of sharing from their garden.

We also hosted Kent’s sister, her husband and her daughter and new husband with mom and dad for dinner one night. It was fun to be able to help and be there to take them to the Drs, stores, and even the YMCA and to several other outings. It was a blessing being there.

Click here for pics of our projects:  https://vimeo.com/238416428

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

A wonderful summer

September 16, 2017

We have moved on and saying goodbye is part of that…but goodbyes are not easy! We usually make friends quickly and this summer we have really deepened our friendship with Bruce and Melody, our hosts. We have been living on their property about 4 1/2 months. It has been a busy time and yet fun filled.

We have done some gardening with and for them…Kent and Bruce have done several projects to help, around their house or guesthouse. We have had meals together and visited and Melody and I have had times of shopping, getting our nails done, having lunch together and going to the beach and a garden show together. Lots of visits and delicious meals  also:  with their neighbors, a July 4th party, with Melody’s friends Bobbie and husband Ross, local pastors, also another couple of friends of theirs the Van Eatons. We also hosted our family, Kent’s cousins, and my niece Jana several times at their guest house! And the final fun thing together, was where we went to see an air museum and watched these old World War II planes fly in front of us!

Wow! No wonder we are a bit tired as we did a lot!  It has been a wonderful and refreshing time in the forest and seeing Mt Rainier almost all summer. I did take pictures of it to show it’s different settings. It has been a time of quietness and friendship. We will miss just stopping by for a visit and a chat and drink..we do appreciate all that Bruce and Melody have done for us and pray that we’ve been a blessing to them as well!

Goodbye is not forever as we got to see them again!… They came to visit us this week and to meet Kent’s parent’s where we are currently parked.  Yeah!!! It was so fun seeing Bruce and Melody again..we look forward to the next visit… and who knows where that will be!

Link for some pictures of our fun times:https//:vimeo.com/:234094703

Pictures of our fun time at the air museum: https//:vimeo.com/:https://vimeo.com/234135635

love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers