Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Visiting our son and family

November 15, 2020

We recently flew to visit our son and family on the east coast. We had very comfortable fall weather. Afternoons were warm enough to be in short sleeves.

We always ask if they have a project for us to help with. Since this is their first home that they have owned, Josh usually has something in mind! This time he wanted his dad and he to build a small storage shed to fit in their small backyard.

It seemed to go together quickly.

There are always lots of little things to do for me. I painted the floor keep moisture from seeping through and trim boards white… and finally the shed a beautiful red. All the time the guys were doing the harder work.

Here they are having Silas and me to help lift up the front side. Yeah!

After lifting it into place they had to put screws in to hold it. Silas is holding it so grandpa can put the screws in and a clamp.

I also did some trimming of bushes and other things that Teresa wanted. She and I picked up a big bag full of oak leaves as well. They have such a beautiful backyard view of a park that is full of oaks and other trees!

Josh had taken off work for the week but Teresa and Silas still had to do school from home. Teresa sometimes would study late into the early morning hours as she is working on a “mapping of data” project. So she can learn how to make her own research project. This is all for her PhD in Nursing. Her research will explore the ways that art can improve school outcomes for kids that have been exposed to trauma.

Teresa at her “at home” office!

Silas is in high school and it seems his favorite subject now is World History. All done from remote classes from his room with Gibby, their dog laying nearby just waiting for Silas to be done! They are so cute together.

We did have some time to enjoy ourselves playing some games, watching an a few old movies etc. It is always a privilege to be with them and when we can be of help, that is great too!

Silas is the cook most of the time. His mom helps often and she does the grocery shopping. So here he is getting ready to make nachos supreme for dinner.

We went away for a few days and then came back to finish things up. We got a lot done while together! We do try to get a family picture while together as well.

We flew back to our place in Arizona. And we will rest a bit before starting to work on our place again. It is always so good to see our grown children and be able to help them too!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Leaving the farm

September 24, 2020

Kent’s brother was here for three weeks. After the sale of mom’s things his brother got busy sorting through piles and piles of photos.

Now you have to realize this is not your everyday parents photos.. this was three generations, as great grandma and grandma had also lived here at the farm. We even found a wedding certificate in German and immigration papers, as well as hundreds if not over a thousand pictures Brothers and sister worked on this huge task. It took about a week.

Kent and his brother also decided to put a new roof on the pump house for the well. We had some extra steel laying around that was new, due to putting a new roof on the barn last summer! So they used that and put on a new roof!

Kent’s brother worked for an entire week on sorting pictures. Kent and his sister helped as well. In the end they threw few pictures away. He even found some museums that would use some of them, as well as many first cousins appreciating pictures of their parents when they were young. So fun seeing these and thinking of a less complicated era!

We also did have mom out to church and to dinner several times.The last time, it was a gorgeous day and we had fish and chips on the patio of a restaurant by the water. So nice! when we stopped by last evening to say goodbye, she cried but Kent and I prayed with her and that helped.

We also said goodbye to our friend, Ed. Telling them both we will be back..but it is hard as you never know if you will see them again.

On this collage you see a bearded young man, that is our nephew and his girlfriend. Also our neice and me. There is a picture of the smoke, we had for several days because of fires, and even a eerie one where you can hardly see the sun. A special picture of the three siblings( one brother who still works out of state wasn’t here) with mom at the restaurant.

There is a clear picture of our mountain nearby and… the rainy one indicating the weather as we left! I also got to take mom out for a lunch and a visit with some friends. She loved that and so did I!

We had a good and fruitful four months here, it was a very busy time and full of lots of hard work. We were glad to do it, but also now very glad to go down the road for a little rest!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

Our wedding Anniversary

May 17, 2019

We just celebrated being married 44 years! Wow, some of those years went so fast! It is hard to realize that we have been married that long!

This year, we asked our dear friend Ed, who has been married 72 years to go with us for dinner! His dear wife has been in memory care for 5 years now and for several has not talked. He got news this week that she might not live much longer and was a little bit discouraged. You see he is ready at their ages, both in their 90’s to see her die but she had deteriorated rather quickly in the last month. About 7 weeks ago, Ed broke his hip, so he wasn’t able to visit her three days a week like he has since she was placed in this facility for memory care. He was in the hospital and then rehab in the very facility where his wife is in the other wing, then home to recuperate. At his age, he is amazing!

So our anniversary was in trying to encourage him. He and his wife are strong believers in Christ and are ready for heaven when the time comes. They both have been a great testimony to many people and our family is especially privileged to have known them. Kent met this couple when he was ten years old and Ed was his Sunday School teacher. They weren’t able to have children and sort of adopted us and our family. They visited us over the years in several of our homes and Ed went with our family to Mali, W. Africa on a missions trip. They prayed for us every day, and that means so much! Now we pray for both of them each day too!

So this year our anniversary was really about encouraging a dear friend! He always encourages us!

A pic of us, taken fairly recently

We had a very Happy 44 th Wedding Anniversary!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

It took awhile to get out of our RV site

October 4, 2018

We had problems getting stuck in the grass and getting into our RV site in Lexington. We were parked on grass so we kept hoping and praying for sunshine to dry things out before we left.. well we got about two days in the first part of our time there that it was sunny! But most of our visit it rained! Some days or nights it even rained very HARD! There was flooding in the area.. Apparently Lexington had 18 inches of rain above the average for the month of September! So we had a very hard time getting out of our spot.

Kent’s brother had his truck and boards of all shapes and sizes and we added our boards that we use for under our jacks that hold us up when not attached to the truck..

We inched Ali g into the place where our truck and the RV hitch could be attached.. it took a lot of maneuvering to get it there plus 3 Hours of patience for all of us…BUT finally we got it hitched up.. you can see the final result was that we could pull out of the space and after checking to see that all was good and loading the car..we did indeed go on to our next destination!

We had a great time in Lexington and with Kent’s brother Ron and wife Jan…but if we ever return we do hope that there will be less rain!

Enjoy the video showing our progress!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our Christmas

January 6, 2018

Kent and I started our Christmas with Ivan helping to put up our Christmas tree and lights when they were visiting over Thanksgiving. That was fun as we seldom get to do that together in their house or ours.

We also had a very nice time at our church with our friends. While Kara and Ivan were here we went to see our Pastors’ “Walk to Bethlehem” which tells the story of Jesus birth in panels and audible story telling in our pastor’s backyard. Also their street was all decorated for Christmas! Our Sunday School class had a wonderful Christmas party complete with the White Elephant gift exchange.

We then flew to Michigan to be with Josh, Teresa and Silas. We stayed at Teresa’s sister home for two nights. I helped some of the kids make some cookies and then all of them got to icing the ones they wanted to. That was fun!

Then we house sat for another sister in their large comfortable home. Josh had taken off several days before the holiday and they allowed Silas to have off one day too while we were there. Teresa worked until Christmas Eve Day. We had a great time talking, eating, cooking, walking twice in the pleasant weather and we all went with Teresa’s parents and a nephew to dinner and the Star Wars movie! That was fun!

Saturday before Christmas Kent and I, took Josh, Teresa and Silas to a concert of TranSiberian Orchestra. We first went to eat at a very delicious Mediterranean restaurant then to the concert! We had heard their music for years but didn’t really know how the concert would be. We were in a brand new arena and in the nosebleed section… when we arrived to find our seats… Silas and I felt a bit dizzy at first! But once things started it was fine! We enjoyed it but were very glad that someone had suggested ear plugs as we adults all used them and heard just fine! The lights, music and pyrotechnics was amazing! I liked that they told a nice Christmas message along with the pop rock music. The light show was phenomenal and Silas afterwards said he liked the “Spaghetti lights the best!” It was a nice evening! We were surprised that even though their name says orchestra… there were few real orchestra players… but they sounded like an orchestra! Interesting experience! After the concert Josh walked us around the downtown a bit as he works in one of the buildings nearby. It was full of all kinds of people and we even stopped for a drink at a small cafe. All in all it was a wonderful evening together.

Christmas Eve day we all were off and had a special breakfast of cheese blintzes with strawberry and blueberry fruit topping. Delicious! We then played a card game and watched the snow softly flying outside. It only accumulated 5 inches and was very dry, so no snow ball making. Silas went out to make a snow angel though. We did go to Teresa’s father’s church for Christmas Eve service. That was nice as several of Teresa’s family were there. Afterwards we went back to Teresa’s parents for a bit of a snack and to visit some.

We left Christmas Day to fly back to Phoenix. Getting home on Christmas evening was very nice! For New Year’s Eve we had a neighbor couple over for snacks and games. So that was our Christmas …praying that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and Friends!

Please look at this video link for more pictures.

https//Vimeo.com/249917398

love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More fun with Silas and Happy Birthday!!!

October 27, 2014

I have to admit that I thought I posted this blog a long time ago…so here is the last one about Silas’s 3 days with us this summer. Here are a few other things we got to do with Silas. We did a lot without taking pictures of it. You can’t take pictures of all the fun things, right ??

Kent and Silas flew his kite. It did get off the ground but had problems staying up.

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Silas did enjoy it once it did get in the air though
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Grandpa took him swimming in a small lake nearby. You can see grandpa was a bit cold at first..but eventually they both got wet.

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Kent’s sister and husband invited Silas to come and swim in the pool at their apartment.

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Grandpa and Silas enjoyed that much more as you can see here. Grandma got into the pool with him too..again no picture..as I was in the Pool!

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Silas also enjoyed eating my nasturtiums flowers. Yes in case you didn’t know they are edible!! Here it is behind his ear..See the little orange thing.

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To prove to his cousins that he really did eat them.. he had to show it in his mouth. Hah!

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Silas really loves his grandpa and you can see the feeling is mutual.

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This last day we also had to get ready to fly. I flew back with Silas to his mom and dad. Kent and I were very happy to have had these special days together!!!

I let Silas sit by the window on the plane so he could see the sunrise as we flew east.

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But I think the joy on his face when he saw his mother was a great treat too.

Teresa and Silas

We had a wonderful time with all of them, then the three days with Silas. Then I spent a week in Michigan and got to see Silas during his first week of school too.

While in Michigan I did some gardening for Teresa’s sister who recently moved into a house. That was fun as I did some needed trimming of their bushes. I love doing things like this.

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Another Area

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After

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The other area

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The end of September was Silas’ 9th birthday. Grandpa & I wished him a very special birthday.We got to talk to him on his birthday. We are so proud of him and so grateful for him. Silas…we hope you had a wonderful birthday! We think of you every day and love you so much more than words can say. Happy Birthday!!!

Lots of Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers and as grandma…

Kent’s dad and mom

November 8, 2013

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We got a call yesterday from Kent’s sister telling us that his parents had been in a car accident. They were transported to the hospital and their car was totaled was all she knew at that point. Their youth pastor had gone with them to the ER and then gave us an early report. They both needed CAT scans and we probably going to be admitted. Dad is 92 and Mom is 88.

Wow! It about took our breaths away. We were just with them 3 weeks ago and they flew to Kentucky 2 weeks ago.  Phone calls and texts flew back and forth all day. By the end they had both been admitted and mom was in ICU. But we had much to praise the Lord for. NO serious injuries, no large broken bones, no head injuries and few internal injuries that were immediately apparent… BUT they were very badly bruised and both had broken bones. Mom had several ribs broken and lung bruised and some other lung issues. Dad had a broken sternum.  We did talk with several people from their church that had gone to see them and Kent’s sister had driven a stress-filled 5 hours to get to their bedside. She being a nurse(although not working presently) checked them out as thoroughly as she could. So they have a long way to recovery. But we are so grateful that God spared them.

Today was another day of phone calls and texts back and forth and they have had visitors today too. Mom is still in ICU and in quite a lot of pain. Dad is moving around a bit but also in pain.  So we are praying for God’s wisdom and guidance in all of this. LeAnn needs lots of prayer and encouragement as she is the only sibling able to be there at this point.

We have shared this request with several prayer chains besides mom and dad’s church. So we are grateful for all the prayers. A prayer warrior for me and good friend, Millie has given me for my birthday several years ago a great devotional book Called “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. This is an incredible book and the words are God inspired for me. Each time I read the entry for the day it applies so much to me. Allow me to quote the entry for today.

“Learn to appreciate the difficult days! Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way. As you journey through rough terrain with Me, you gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything. This knowledge is comprised of three parts: your relationship with Me, promises in the Bible, and past experiences of coping successfully during hard times.

Look back on your life, and see how I have helped you through difficult days. If you are tempted to think, “yes but was then. and this is now,” remember who I AM! Although you and your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity. This is the basis of your confidence. In my Presence you live and move and have your being. “

Taken from Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 102:27, Acts 17:28

We would appreciate your prayers for them, Kent’s sister LeAnn and us too.  Thanks for caring!

Love from Jan for the Roaming Reimers

By the way, we were in Oklahoma when we received this news. Alicia and Slade Tennery of Rolling Retreats RV were so kind. We found out this couple are Christians. Thank you, Lord for where you placed us at this time. God Bless you Alicia and Slade!

Important Family Event

October 1, 2013

We have had some important family events that I was feeling badly for not blogging about, so here the blog about one of them even though a bit late.

On September 17th was our daughter Kara and husband Nicolas’ 7th wedding Anniversary. They were married in the mountains near Denver and live there since. Here is one of my favorite pics of their wedding day. You can see the joy in their faces.

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They love camping and hiking and have gone all over doing it. Here are a few pictures of their adventures. Canoeing in Oregon

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This one was taken along the Oregon coast

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One of my favorite pics of them taken in Pennsylvania.

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Kent and I just had the opportunity to see them both in Denver. What a treat it was too. I didn’t get any picture of them though. We were just hanging out and enjoying each other. They told me they would take some on their upcoming vacation. They always take creative ones like this one.

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Congratulations Kara and Nick!  We are so proud of and love both of you!

Love Mom, for the Roaming Reimers