Posts Tagged ‘40th Wedding Anniversary’

Inter-country train trip and making new friends

June 9, 2015

After our four days in Prague we hopped on a intra-country train. I had purchased reserved seats though I got second class, before we left the United States and was very glad of it as we had the window seat then with a small table to put our food on. I had purposely picked the second class as it would give us more opportunity to get to know anyone that spoke English.

We boarded the train in Prague, Czech Republic and went through a portion of Slovakia and then into Hungary. We knew it was supposed to be a 6 hour trip and so we had some food and drinks that we had picked up at a local store. They also had a small dining car but we were fine except for a coffee during the day. This train was really not for tourists but that is why we wanted to try it. It was more than half the cost of flying and quicker so we thought “why not?”

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We had a wonderful day too. the beautiful scenery went by our window and as it was a beautiful sunny day we could sit back and enjoy it. We had very nice travel companions, several Canadian students and others who spoke English well and several Czech people who also knew some English. that came and went as their stops came up. We were some of the few that stayed on the entire trip.

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It ended up taking us 8 hours as the train conductor and ticket taker got off at the Hungarian border as they were done for the day and did not cross the border. At least that is what we thought was the problem…without fully knowing the language you are never sure.

But we sat on the train for 2 hours waiting and finally two men came on and we got going again. It really reminded us of living in Brazil and just waiting until they were ready to take you  on.

Once we arrived in Budapest we soon found our hotel. It was a smallish one and the front doors sort of hide what is behind them. The front desk people were fluent in English and very helpful, so we were soon checked in and able to leave our luggage and go check out the city.

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The next day we met up with our co-workers and we had some delicious coffee and pastry together. They took us to some of the sites and also to the city market. I love going to markets in other countries or towns. It kind of tells you what the people eat and a little of their crafts too. So whenever possible we go to markets. We ended up having a late snack at the market which is always fun.

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The next day was Sunday and our co-workers asked us to join them at their International church. We had a wonderful time there and I so enjoying singing in English and taking communion there. There were people from many different countries represented there too. Fun!

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We really enjoyed meeting these co-workers and felt that they were encouraged by our time together.

We stopped at the California coffee house for coffee and to check our emails. We knew once on the cruise our internet would be sparse. It has an interesting name and it was filled with young people looking as if they were studying for exams. We felt right at home among them, although they looked at us kind of funny! I must Kent with his full white beard and mustache did draw looks at times.

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Stay “tuned” for part 3 which will be the cruise.

For more pictures of this part of our journey check out this video at vimeo.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our 40th Wedding Anniversary …already!

May 28, 2015

For us we looked at each other several months back and said ” 40 years married already?” Where has the time gone? Hah! When we look at our adult children we soon realize that yes we were about to celebrate 40 years married.

So first a few pictures to show our journey…Enjoy!

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Here is a picture of Kent and me while we were dating

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A card that Kent made for me while we were dating. He did lots of photography in those days. He made this in his darkroom as a gift to me.

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A few years later living in Tennessee while Kent got his pilot training. We are standing by our little Renault LeCar.

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4 years married and Kent’s great uncle took this picture of us.

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 After Josh was born we went to live and minister as missionaries in SE Alaska. Yes Kent grew a beard for working there.

Christmas 1980 in Juneau, AK

Kara was born two years later while we were living in Ketchikan, Alaska and Josh welcomed her into our family happily!

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We finished our work there and moved to Brazil.

Our Family

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Christmas is Brazil 1986

We went back to the U.S. and Kent went to Seminary. We moved around a lot this year, and Kent got involved in Administration of the mission.

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Kent worked as the candidate director for the mission for 8 years in Kansas city, Missouri
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The kids grew up way too fast and all of a sudden they were going to college. I started to travel with Kent during these years so I could also help him in the ministry more.

K&J representing 2000

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Josh came home from some time in Ireland with a girlfriend… They met there, but Teresa was from Michigan.  Teresa and he were married not long afterwards.

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We all love Teresa and she has added a lot to our family. And yes, within a short time there was a little boy named Silas…that joined our family.

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What a precious little boy.

Our 30th Wedding anniversary was in 2005 between Kara and Josh’s weddings. So in March of 2006 Kent decided we should go to on a trip. He chose Israel.  So we went on a bus tour of that country. Wow. What a trip! And it was so nice not to have to drive anywhere. Kent enjoyed letting others drive.

 Kara had met Nick and fell in love so before long we had another wedding in September 2006.

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With no kids to need our house and as we traveled most of the time for the mission, we decided to sell our house and all our stuff and move into a RV house. We still are doing the ministry and this makes it so we don’t have to go home…we take the home with us.

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One year we had Christmas in Michigan

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One year we went to visit Kent’s mom and dad in Washington. Kara organized it and we had a lot of fun!

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Our 35th Wedding anniversary was a bit unique, because one of Kent’s niece’s was getting married the day before and we wanted to go and be with the family at the wedding. We were able to see most of Kent’s family as well as our entire family.

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These last 5 years have flown by. We still work as missionaries for WorldVenture, Kent uses our RV as his office. I have been volunteering doing gardening in several places.

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In November of 2014 Kara and Nick gave us another beautiful little grandson. They named him Ivan. So this year we all got together for New Year’s at their place to enjoy Ivan.

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So when we were coming up to the 40th Wedding anniversary, I wanted to do something special. So I started looking. We had a free airline flights to Europe and I wanted to do a River Cruise. So when I found buy one/get one sale…I jumped on it. You will have to come back to see that adventure. But it is just around the corner…so come back soon. More Pictures there.

Happily Celebrating 40 years of marriage.

Jan

For the Roaming Reimers

PS. Kent mentioned how so many of these pictures had the kids in them too. Well, for many years we mostly took family pics so I don’t have too many for some of those years. Now that we have digital pictures you can take as many as you want and not cost you more as in the past.  I wonder if any of the rest of you have had that problem???