Posts Tagged ‘Family’

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 breath 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’s. 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. Alycia 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

We left Kentucky today after a month

October 1, 2013

We are back “on the road again” as a popular country song goes…

As we drove away from Kent’s brother’s cable business office, we found it hard to realize that our Rv house was parked there for a little over a month. We have traveled from it so much. I will tell you about that in another blog.  Right now we are off the road for the night and able to get some office work done. We are both a bit tired from all the travels of September.

But let me tell you first about where we have been parked. Kent’s oldest brother, Ron

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owns a cable company which offers cable, telephone and internet in a small town north of Lexington, KY where he stills resides with his wife named Jan.

Yes, his wife’s name is also JAN. We sometimes have interesting experiences when we are together because of our names being the same. Here we are with Alicia their daughter who is the same age as our daughter Kara. Jan and I got to see each other a bit during our time here and that was fun.

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It was so nice to park here. Ron was kind enough to put in a 30 amp outlet for us and so we were very comfortable here. Here you can see his satellite dishes on the backside of his property.

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We are parked on the west side of the building so we could see the sunset.

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Here is a better shot of the view that we had from our side window. There is a small lake that we could see and the beautiful rolling hills all around us. It was so peaceful until the neighboring medical clinic had a helicopter rescue to do. Then off went the helicopter right over our RV…but that didn’t happen very often.

Here you can see the name of Ron’s company is KRCC. which stands for Kentucky Ridge Country Communications.

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We had some beautiful sunsets here.

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Ron used his bucket truck to get some of these pictures, so here he is in it…

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One of our first days there Ron had to climb this tower to fix a problem. That tower is at least 40 feet tall.

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This one picture is a bit out of focus but you can still see him way up there…

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We wanted to do something as a thank you for them allowing us to park here. So we could see they needed some landscaping done. We bought the plants and Ron and Kent roto-tilled the soil.

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Kent and I planted the next day.

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Of course, this is the kind of work I like!!! SInce I have don’t any all summer I was a bit sore though afterwards! Hah!   All done in short order, really one day! This is one of the sides but both are planted almost alike.

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So thanks Ron for allowing us to stay near your office and to get to see you a bit more often than if we had parked elsewhere.

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Love from Jan for the Roaming Reimers