I am so grateful for my husband

February 5, 2020

In many ways I am grateful for my husband, but this past week especially for his handyman skills! He was thoroughly cleaning our roof, which needs to be done about once a year. We had been parked under a huge maple tree on his parents farm and we got a lot of sap and then leaves and also rain and mold on the roof. So a thorough cleaning was needed. He took his time to clean it good and in the middle was ill for a few days so it took a bit longer.

I was very glad to have him finish this project as the height made me nervous, but he had no worries!

During the time that he was working on the roof, one morning our toilet flusher broke completely off. He first tried to glue it back but it still broke again, so then the option was to replace the entire thing. Now this is not a toilet that we can buy at Home Depot so, Kent he spent several hours running around town to the RV dealers trying to find an appropriate one. He could not, so that meant ordering online. So Amazon to the rescue and in two days we had it and Kent had it installed a short time! Yeah! Yes, we had to sort of “Jerry rig” it to use it for those two days…but we managed and I was and am very grateful for a proper flushing toilet now!

So for those of you who read this blog and think that living in the road sounds sooo seamless. These kinds of repairs happen all the time. Kent also recently repaired one of our slides as it was out of alignment. Again in a short time, Kent was able to fix it!

That is why I am soo grateful that he has these skills and tools. It makes our life and these little issues a lot less problematic! he is amazing!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Continuing to celebrate Christmas

December 30, 2019

We next flew to our son’s family that moved to Baltimore, Maryland in August. They bought their first house and we were very excited to celebrate their first Christmas in it with them! This shows several houses and theirs is the one with the evergreen trees on both sides of their walkway! Teresa was glad to get some beautiful trees on their property!

Also Josh had started a house project and we extended our stay to help with that as well. It was sooo great to see their new neighborhood and even meet a few neighbors. They also had a new family member, a dog named Gibby. He is an American Staffordshire Terrier and a sweet, gentle spirit. He also seemed very patient. In order to welcome him, I even Gibby his own Christmas stocking and had treats in it too! Of course!

We started out on Saturday by getting some tools the men would need. Also a Christmas tree! On Sunday we went to a farmers market under US 83. It was the last week until spring. We all were fascinated with the men that grew and sold micro greens. He gave all us samples and we enjoyed them so much Teresa bought a container for us all to enjoy at home. We also went to the Inner Harbor area and walked around a bit, saw a Christmas market and had lunch at a local renowned restaurant called” Miss Shirley’s “. That was definitely fun!

Then we tackled the demolition of the basement area. Josh and Silas had done some, but Josh and Kent now tackled it with fervor.

Silas and I worked on carrying all the stuff outside and piling for disposal. Wow, it was quite a chore! And all of us were tired at the end of that day! Teresa kept us going with delicious food! Here is the pile when were finished!

After this day, we cleaned up and went to a church close by that had a Christmas Eve service and we got a family picture.

Christmas Day we enjoyed sleeping in and after a delicious breakfast, we opened our stockings and presents, including Gibby!

Grandpa and Silas built a graham cracker gingerbread house. Looked really nice but it was fun to hear them planning and putting it together. The day after Christmas we also had a treat of all of us seeing the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the first time. For me, it was very first aquarium as well. We enjoyed that and after stopping for something to eat we went to see a street where almost all the houses are decorated. The street was closed to cars and people were walking around admiring the scenes and lights. Fun!

We did make 5 trips to the local dump to get rid of all the trash we removed from the basement. That cleaned up Josh’s backyard of that trash! It was a “real ” experience going to a city dump. I don’t believe I have ever seen so many seagulls in one place before and this picture only shows a very few of them!

Teresa, Silas and Gibby all left the next day and drove home to see Teresa’s family. We and Josh continued working on the basement. We took off to go to church on Sunday morning but tried to get as much done as possible. We leave tomorrow morning and Josh goes back to work for a few days. But much was accomplished in a short time, as well as fun family times too! We know Josh will still have much to do, but we were so glad to help during this time!

Again a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2020.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Here is a short video of our time together!

Celebrating Christmas with our daughter and family

December 26, 2019

We also got to go with them to deliver gifts that they bought for a local underprivileged family. That was a fun thing to do together too! It was sweet to see Ivan starting to understand this to see the joy on this family’s faces!

We have had a wonderful time with our daughter and family. We were able to celebrate in several ways. I have always wanted to see the Nutcracker ballet. Kara found a dance school that was presenting it and in a way that Ivan could attend and be able to enjoy it too. He even got to meet the dancers and even go on stage with other children to try dancing too. Ivan wasn’t too crazy about that idea though he did it.

We did get to take him to the Children’s Museum! That was a blast to watch him wanting to show it all to us. It was very interactive and he wanted us to see it all. He loved pretending to be a fireman and building a track for balls to roll down. It was great fun!

We also got to a babysit Ivan one evening, which was such fun. We played games and read some books to him, But his favorite book this time was a book that was a read along! He laughed out loud at that book!

We also really enjoyed going to his preschool and meeting his teacher. And then being able to see his Christmas program. Ivan is a bit shorter than his fellow students so it was a challenge to see him, but he was waving to mommy as almost all of them did! How very cute! Ivan is the last one on second row.

Kara cooked a delicious turkey dinner one night as well. That was also fun to be able to share with both Nick’s brother, Alex who came by for a short visit and Kent’s first cousin Shirley who lives near by.

Of course we did have some gifts to share. Ivan had fun opening first his Christmas stocking, and then each day we were there, he opened a gift. He was so excited!

We also got to see our former neighbors and that was a treat!And in the middle, Kent’s retirement which was fun too to have Kara and Nick there as well. So this was more than Christmas trip, this year! We are so grateful for the wonderful week with Kara and family!

Celebrating and grateful,

Jan for Roaming Reimers

Please enjoy more pictures on this short video:

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

Thanksgiving

December 18, 2019

I absolutely love Thanksgiving! I love everything about it! Well, that is the traditional Thanksgiving, not really what it has become. No, we don’t do the shopping and we don’t even do the football games. But we often start baking and also putting up decorations and play Christmas music and relax!

45 years of Thanksgivings have found us in many places! When our kids were still at home, in Pa and Kansas City, Missouri, we would always try to find someone who didn’t have anywhere to go and invite them. One year we even had a homeless guy who had turned up on our church’s doorsteps. We also had families of missionaries and friends over the years. Also when Kent and I were first married we went “home” to my parents one year then another we went to where they had moved,. And later on I hosted my parents a few years.

Our years in Alaska, as we pastored we hosted many people and even had a church wide dinner. In Brazil, we always were with our missionary families. And it wasn’t a holiday there, of course..

And since we went in the “road” , in our RV, we have had holidays in many different people houses and in ours with others from time to time.

We always love when we can see our kids anytime over the holidays. This year it will be for Christmas instead! For Thanksgiving, we make our own meal and it is just us this time. But we called family and friends for nice long phone conversations.

What I love is the traditional food, Turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, delicious homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, and of course homemade pumpkin pies with some whipped topping, homemade if possible! Since Kent is now dairy and gluten intolerant we make these things with some adjustments, but I do as much as I can from scratch as that way I really know what is in it too! But I enjoy the whole process. I

This year I actually grew in a garden our squash that I used to make our pumpkin pie! It made it much more delicious!

Another thing that I love about Thanksgiving is that is a remembrance of what God has done for us. The first Thanksgiving between the pilgrims and native peoples was just that. As the pilgrims were glad to be alive and starting to prosper in this new wild land. They were glad that their crops had grown and given an increase and because the Indians had helped them, they had a feast together. This event has often been misconstrued to be something not as history has recorded it in William Bradford’s diaries of those early years. He was the governor of that first pilgrim colony near Plymouth, Massachusetts. Take a good look at this history. These pilgrims were brave and courageous people as they came here for religious freedom and to govern themselves apart from despotism in England! Very interesting!

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This year I decided to thank personally with a hand written note the people who have stood by us and supported us financially over the years of our missions ministry…over 40 years. It was a busy month to hand write notes and I must say my hand got tired as I do not write that many notes (over 130) by hand very often. But it was rewarding too! I thought back the many visits we had with these dear friends and the many ways they had encouraged us, prayed for us, done other things for us to help us stay serving the Lord in missions! It made me realize how very grateful I was to the Lord, for placing these people in our lives! And how I want to remember to speak encouragement into others lives.

I pray that you can relax a bit and enjoy the entire holiday season a slow down a bit and remember the true meaning of our holidays!

Kent and our meal!
I am still trying to figure out how to do selfies!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoying the fall colors and friends

November 16, 2019

We started our trip south with a mission conference in Seattle. Seattle Missions Fest is always a highlight for us and usually is the first place we stop on our way south. This year it was held at Crossroads Community Church. Many missions are invited to have booths and share what they are doing around the world. There are seminars and main speakers too. In our off time, we were able to chat with many friends. Some dear friends were there with their adult daughters that we have known for years. That was so good to see them again! While in Seattle we also got to attend our former church. It was great to reconnect there as well.

Then we drove to Portland for several days. Kent was able to spend a day at Multnomah University talking to students about serving the Lord overseas. I had a special day to hang out with another dear friend, Rachel. It was near our birthdays which are one day apart and we just had a wonderful time!


But each day we had great trips. We drove over the mountains in Oregon. Then our temps dropped to even 14 overnight. But we were fine and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors along the way. We drove through a corner of California, far from any of the fires!

We then took each day to go a bit further south and east to reach Phoenix before my birthday. I enjoy the traveling but wanted to be settled before my birthday, it was a big one…65, and I was having some difficulty in getting used to the idea of being 65. We did make it in time day was celebrated and I am getting used to the idea!

Thanks for anyone who prayed for us as we traveled! We do not take your prayers nor God’s protection for granted, but appreciate it greatly! We are going to be in Phoenix for 2 months and then we are not sure where. Stay tuned for the next adventure!

A video of some of the sights we saw as we traveled. We started out in rain but as we went along we enjoyed the colors and then mountains and even the early morning fog!

God bless,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Going south

October 25, 2019

We have been settled on Kent’s mom’s farm for about six months now. It has been good to do the garden and help with many projects and to help in clearing out mom’s house. But it was time to move on for a few months at least.

We are going to Seattle for a missions conference and then visit several colleges and friends along our way.

We have had a lot of good fun visits with mom both at her home on the farm and in her new situation at an assisted living facility. She is doing so well and making some new friends! We and our niece and husband all had dinner with her tonite. She took it all in and was so glad to see her granddaughter and her husband as well as us!

This past week I was able to take her shopping and we stopped at a new restaurant for lunch. She had a yogurt parfait with granola and fruit although it does look a lot like ice cream.. she enjoyed it as you can see from her expression!

Here is a video of some of the many things we did while here… many times I didn’t get my camera out so.. lots of things that I did not get a picture of.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A fun weekend with family

October 19, 2019

Our daughter and her son Ivan like to come to see Kent’s parents and now mom about two times a year. So we encouraged them to come while we were still parked here so they could see the us, grandma and the farm. And as a bonus Kent’s sister and husband too. So they planned a weekend in the fall. And we were very excited when Nick’s job had some training nearby the week prior so he got to stay and have the weekend with the family too! So another treat!

It is always so exciting to see them, and especially little Ivan. He is such a delight and growing up so fast that we can’t see him enough!

We had some good visits with Kent’s mom and she adores Ivan. And we got to run around the farm and see what was left of the gardens and the dahlia flowers. Kent even fixed the seat on the old swing set that his siblings had used so Ivan could enjoy it more comfortably.

We also got to have our dear friend Ed come for a meal and a visit.

On Sunday we all went to church with Kent’s mom and had lunch with her at her favorite Chinese Restaurant! After that she was pretty tired.

It was a busy and fun weekend. We can hardly wait until our next visit! You can see Ivan loves the farm and thoroughly enjoyed all of it!

Love and grateful for the visit!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ketchikan, Alaska

October 17, 2019

After those wonderful days in Thorne Bay, Alaska we hopped on another float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week. We were here to visit the church we helped to establish 35 years ago. We have been back to visit but not for over 20 years. I wanted to visit those who remembered us and our old neighbor too. We were hosted by a couple that Kent had trained when they were starting with the mission and we also caught up with another couple that he had trained at the mission headquarters more than 20 years ago!

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Ketchikan and all of South East Alaska is a very transient society. So only one couple still knew us from the 80’s. They arranged for us to have a car and meals with different people in the church. They also hosted us and we got to catch up with them about others that were mutual friends. After several hours that we so enjoyed, we left them and drove around a bit to see what was different in the town.

Ketchikan is still a relatively small town but has tourism as its main industry now. When we lived here is was fishing, logging, pulp mill and salmon cannery plus some tourism. Now they have sometimes 6 huge cruise ships in in any one day. It makes a smallish town overcrowded during the hours they ships are in town. But it is a industry that is keeping the town going at present. Again God gave us some beautiful days and we met some wonderful new friends.

The church built a new building since when we left the in 1983, and we have seen it before but it was special to be back there. Calvary Bible Church is doing well and we had met the pastor and his wife before so it was good to see them again.

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We also had a nice gift from our hostess. She worked at a logging exhibition show for the tourists.. she got us free tickets to go to one. That was a fun treat and afterwards we stopped to get a halibut fish and chips lunch!

Kent and I also got to visit some people from the church as well with our friend. We used to do a lot of visiting when we pastored the church so it felt like old times!  We also met with all the people that came through our hosts house which were many. They’ve  reach out to loads of different people in the church and community. He works as a coach and teacher at the local high school and she used to teach too. He also works on the dock for security for the cruise ships part time. And they used to run the mission’s camp outside of Juneau. So they have lots of contacts in the town.

We also got to see our dear friend and neighbor, Jean. She and her husband were such good friends and we have kept in touch with our newsletters and visited when in town. I knew Jean was a widow now and I was so glad to see her and we even had an hour or so to visit. She is doing well for her age.

 

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Another very special trip, Thorne Bay, Alaska

October 16, 2019

In thinking of our 40th year in missions that we celebrated last year, we also wanted to get back to South East Alaska where we ministered and lived in the early 80’s. It had been about 20 years since we had been there so it took a bit of planning. We did finally have our plans made and reservations done and tickets purchased. We flew once again through Seattle and so were graciously hosted by Kent’s first cousin Denny and wife Jeri, whom we dearly love!

So flying from Seattle to Ketchikan and then hopping on a float plane, (similar to what Kent used to fly). We flew to Thorne Bay. It was a logging camp that then turned to a town. It was about 500 in the camp days with families living there and stores etc to care for their needs. We found the town some changed from our last visit. Still population is about 500 but only a little private logging going on. Some fishing and mostly tourism is the main industry now. Tourists one for an Alaskan experience of fishing and some hunting and some even hiking etc.

We got to stay with friends that we have known since we lived in Ketchikan. They now run a bed and breakfast so we had wonderful accommodations and great foo while in Thorne Bay! It was fun to hear about their lives nd even meet some of their family that lives in Thorne Bay too! They even leant us their truck so we could explore a bit.

We were so excited to see the church and meet the many new people there. The pastor allowed Kent to speak and he was well received. Pastor Ron and wife Mary were so wonderful and even hosted a bunch of us for a picnic and then a walk around a lake on Sunday. God gave us such wonderful weather and we loved that walk! here is a picture of the lake!

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And a picture of some of the group on the boardwalk that was our walkway part of the walk.

We really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We were so encouraged by our time with the people of the Church of Thorne Bay.

After 5 days we got back on a float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week there! We had even better weather flying back. This planes brings the mail and many other packages several times a day to Thorne Bay as well as passengers!

 

Here is a video of the beautiful Prince of Wales Island and especially around Thorne Bay. Just click on this link. Enjoy!