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

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A trip to South Dakota

October 10, 2017

A few weeks ago…. we took a trip to South Dakota. But this time we didn’t move our rig, we flew! Yes to Rapid City, South Dakota to do some necessary business. Then we played tourists!

So we first went to see Mount Rushmore at the National Park site. I was excited to use my newly acquired Senior Park Pass, as I was finally old enough to get one. Until the end of August they were only $10 for a lifetime of visiting any national park in the US. Sooo we couldn’t pass up that bargain! But this national park doesn’t cost to get in…only to park.

We walked around the national park and then watched the video explaining how it was built. Fabulous and so difficult to get it done. It took 14 years to build and was fraught with many obstacles along the way. And near the end of the project the main sculptor died and his son who had been working with him all along, finished it.  Mt Rushmore celebrated its 75th year last year in 2016. Here is a link with some interesting facts about it:https://matadornetwork.com/trips/75-surprising-facts-mount-rushmore/

We really enjoyed the monument and walking around…I even had some famous ice cream with the recipe from President Jefferson. Of course they sell it right there at the monument!

Then we drove on to Custer State Park. Learn more here:http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/parks-monuments/custer-state-park

Kent had heard this was a great drive and also good for seeing lots of wildlife. Apparently they have a round up of their herd of buffalo once a year, we missed it by one week! Oh well! We did have an wonderful drive through beautiful scenery and saw lots of bison, some deer and antelope and lots of wild donkeys. We also took about a two mile hike through a forested area and then a meadow. It was up hill and down hill and we enjoyed it. I had to stop a few times to rest as the elevation was higher and I just haven’t quite fully recovered from my cancer surgery yet. But it was a great time!

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At the end of the day we were in Keystone and found a nice place to eat a Bison steak! That was delicious and we met some interesting people. It is always kind of hard for us to answer the first question people ask you…”Where are you from.” So it often sparks more conversation because of our answer , “in a RV “. That wasn’t a full day.

So we had almost another whole day before we flew back to Seattle..so the next day we headed out to Sturgis, South Dakota. It is most known for the largest motorcycle rally in the world. Of course we had to check out the museum and local Harley Davidson store. So lots of pictures of that in this video.

We also had enough time to check out Fort Meade in South Dakota and drive around the area there too. I hope you enjoy our little trip to South Dakota. We did!

Click here to see a video with lots of pictures:Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park: https://vimeo.com/237678695

Another video of Sturgis, South Dakota…motorcycle city of the world:https://vimeo.com/237679520

love,

jan for the roaming Reimer’s

A visit with Kent’s parents to a Heritage museum

September 28, 2017

We had heard about a new museum in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada… so we asked mom and dad about it and they wanted to go. And they said yes, so we went last week. It was a short drive to the border and the museum also. We did get tod rive through some of the beautiful farm country of th Fraser Valley and that was an extra bonus.

This museum was built by a Canadian Mennonite who wanted to allow other generations to know what their ancestors went through to get to have the freedom and heritage they have. Kent’s dad’s family heritage is also Mennonite and so we were all very interested. The museum didn’t charge and there was a very nice docent who could answer a lot of questions and after an hour or so even got us a wheelchair  for dad to sit in while we read all the information and history that was on the walls.

There is a LOT to read but all very interesting. There was also some interactive interviews on a computer screen. Also very interesting to “hear” these people’s memories of what they went through coming to America. Most of the people that came to that part of Canada came later than dad’s relatives but there was lots of history that was the same. Very interesting!

We all read read and looked around for several hours and then it was a good time for lunch so we went to a local family style restaurant that had some historic kartifacts of its own. Lunch was good and it was good to sit for awhile.

Then we asked mom and dad if they wanted to go back and they said yes… so we did and we stayed another couple of hours until they were closing about 4 pm. The museum also had a whole area of books written by and about the Mennonite’s history and their struggles in coming to this continent. Also about their contributions, not only in farming, which is great but in all levels of society. It was most interesting for me to see how they were some wonderful and gifted artists among the Mennonites while they lived in the Netherlands.

There was also a floor that was entirely made up of achives of records of the mennonites. This was only available with permission to research your family tree. We weren’t up to that on this day but Kent’s mom has traced dad’s family back pretty far from sources on the American side. And they have met some of the people that were pictured at this museum too!

Once in the car, we drove past one of the Christian Colleges that the Mennonites had started in British Columbia..and Kent had been recommending for years. We thought we wanted to see what the campus looked like. Nice!

It was a wonderful and informative day and we were tired after that. So we drove back to America and our homes. Mom and dad seemed to really enjoy this outing too! Kent and I surely did too!

Check out more pictures here:https://vimeo.com/235853224

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

 

A trip to Yakima and Leavenworth

September 22, 2017

Our friends Lynn and Bill Cox that we stayed with last summer live in Yakima, WA. It is a fruit growing valley, so I contacted Lynn to see if there was still some good peaches for canning. She said YES! So Kent and I asked if we could come and get some…and stay with her and Bill. She said yes,  but that Bill was going to be gone! But Lynn said come and stay with me while Bill was gone.. so we did. Once there I also picked apples and pears for canning too. There was a YouPick place just down the road from their house..

We also went to church with Lynn and had such a nice greeting from everyone. Kent even got to share for a bit at a meeting after church.. so that was good. Kent got to visit his two cousins there and some others as well.so it was a busy but profitable weekend.

On our way back we ran into some of the fire that was burning in Cle Elum and then it cleared up again, thankfully!

 

 


After that we stopped for lunch in Leavenworth, which is known for German food. So we had brats. They were delicious and had all kinds of toppings.

 

 

We had another stop along the way. We saw a walk along a path to a river and forested area… so we did that too.

 

Then we headed backwards to our RV house! It was a great fun weekend!

check this video for the picture of our adventures:https://Vimeo.com/23475108

Love, jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

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

 

A visit to a Yak farm

September 5, 2017

Yes, a Yak farm. Until recently I couldn’t have told you what a Yak was but… now I know. I have a cousin…Patti and her husband that live on the Olympic Peninsula here in Washington for several years now. Steve has a job that he can do a lot of it from a home office. His wife Patti  is the daughter of a first cousin of mine. They own about 20 acres and first got some goats…and chickens but eventually got some Yaks and are raising them and they do sell some as well. When we told my neice Jana about going to the Yak farm she wanted to come too. Patti is a cousin of hers too! So we all enjoyed the farm!

Patti gave us the grand tour around the farm. They also have Pygora goats, two Alpacas, chickens and ducks and some dogs. Now Patti as showed us around she also told us a lot of about Yaks… They raise Yaks as apparently they have a nicer temperament than beef but you can eat the meat, you can use the hair for fiber in several ways and you can also use their milk. So very versatile. Patti glows when she talks about her animals and calls them by name and uses, animal heathy “cookies” to coax them to come and see us. We could see that they were a little reluctant to come to clos to us at first but eventually even Jana was able to feed a mother Yak,  a cookie.

It was a fun time meeting these interesting animals and seeing my cousin doing so well.  I praise God for how He has lead Patti and Steve to do this and to love the farm life that they wanted to do. May God continue to encourage you both and give you much wisdom in dealing with these interesting animals.

Click on link  for more pictures :  https://vimeo.com/232461819

Love,

jan com the Roaming Reimer’s

 

My neice Jana comes for a visit

September 1, 2017

Jana is my oldest neice and in fact is only 10 years younger than me, she is the oldest child of my oldest brother,  he is 12 years older than me. I used to babysit for her and her brother and hung out with her mom a lot.

Jan(prounoiced Jay-nah) has always had a special place in my heart. Her birth made me an aunt for the first time! She has been quite adventurous and has come to visit our family in Indiana, Kansas City, Missouri, Pennsylvania of course, and now she also has been living in an RV full time for 4-5 years and she came to visit us in Arizona and now also in Washington. We never know where the next place we will meet up. So we have been able to see her several times this summer. She even came to see our family in Birch Bay a few weeks ago.

She came to see where we are parked now back in May. And because she lives about 3 hours away and had to drive through Seattle traffic…our hosts/and friends had offered for her to stay the night. She did that a few weeks ago and decided to come again A few weeks ago.  She was hoping for good weather and that Mt Rainier would be out..it had been hidden for over two weeks with smoke from the fires burning in British Columbia, Canada that weather had pushed south.

So Jana came again and we had a nice visit. The first evening Mt Rainier was hiding behind clouds…so we talked her into staying another night. So Saturday she and I took off to go to Olympia to the Farmers Market. That was fun but the highlight of the morning was finding the …Tumwater park along the … river. It was a beautiful walk along the edge of the river and seeing the tall evergreens and the falls and the history of the area.

After that… we looked up and there was a clear view of Mt Rainier so we decided to get Kent and drive to the top. Jana had to drive so we could all fit in one car..as our Smart car is only for two passengers.

It was awesome.. we had good views and enjoyed the ride up the mountain. We stoped for dinner and then continued on. I have a lot of pictures, you will have to check out the video to appreciate all we saw! Thanks Jana for driving, so we three could enjoy this together!

 

Check out the video:  https://vimeo.com/232040678

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

 

 

My cancer

August 27, 2017

For about seven weeks I was not feeling well! I keep feeling more and more pain in the pelvic area and was concerned that perhaps my cancer had come back… I would say that Kent and I both felt this and we were both on pins and needles and really feeling quite uptight.. Yes, we were trusting in God but…these were the feelings we were feeling..but not really talking about.

I decided to call the cancer specialist here in Seattle to see the Dr earlier than the 6 month check I was supposed to have. My cancer surgeon in Phoenix knew this Dr and recommended her to me. That was a comfort!

So last week we had that appointment. I had also recently given blood for a check up too. So going in, we felt she had all that she needed to help us. I was still having pain.

My appointment was at the University of Washington teaching hospital and my new Dr was a teaching Dr.  We were early so had some lunch and then went to the appointment. They took us quite quickly into the waiting room. And then a Dr in training took more of my history. She was also very nice but I knew she wasn’t  Dr I had come to see. Then we met Dr Urban and we immediately liked her. She was sooo patient and asked questions and answered many that we had from my surgery and the surgeon had not really answered..she spent over an hour with us,  so that was good but the big news was No CANCER.. and she gave me some ideas to control the pain and eventually deal with it! I will be starting some specific physical therapy to help with the pain next week in Kent’s hometown. I didn’t mention this to many people for some reason…but I am grateful for those that pray for me and Kent on this journey!

We were both soooo glad that we wanted to celebrate…and we also wanted to stay out of the worst of the evening  Seattle traffic..so we went to the Pike Place Public Market that is a farmers market/craft fair. We love this place and had not had the time to get here all summer, so it was  a treat!

Afterwards we stopped for dinner at Ivar’s seafood at the original restaurant started years ago. We even had one of my favorite desserts…creme brûlée.

We walked around the pier area that has a lot of touristy shops etc until we thought it was time to head home…

Please praise God with us for these positive results!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

 

 

Church camp out

August 22, 2017

Kent and I have been trying to help a church here in the Seattle area this summer. Kent has met with the pastors and some others and has been trying to help them think through the next big mission project they are wanting to do.

Two weekends ago the church went on a camp out. They rented a huge campground not too far from the church with pool, lake and all kinds of fun activities. We decided to join them in our own RV house but to be a part of it. Kent and I love camps and camping so this was great.

We had a main speaker who challenged us with God’s Word and principles to apply to our lives and we also had small groups to talk about what we learned. We had fun games and some free time and ended with a service where people came from the church but who had not stayed for the weekend and then 15 people got baptized in the lake. It was an awesome time and now I am sad to think of leaving this amazing group of believers in Christ. But we still had two weeks with them and then we will be moving to our next place. We so enjoyed this church body though and this weekend helped make that more so!

A video of some of the fun: https://vimeo.com/230602102

Love,

jan for the Roaming reimers

Our family together!

August 12, 2017

 

We  love anticipating and planning for our family to get together. This summer another neice got married, this time in Washington state near Kent’s parents. So it gave us the opportunity of seeing our neice’s wedding and mom and dad Reimer as well.

So we rented a house in Birch Bay near a beach for our two grandsons to play at the beach.  It had enough room for all of us and it was close to the beach.

 

We picked up everyone at the airport but three hours apart so Kara, Ivan and Silas came first. Silas had spent a few days with Kara, Nick and Ivan in Denver. Silas flew with Kara and Ivan to Seattle. So we went for food and then to a park waiting for Josh and Teresa to arrive. Nick had to work until Friday and would be joining us then.

After we got everyone, we drove back to where our RV house is parked and our friends, Bruce and Melody allowed our family to stay in their guesthouse for one night. That was so nice and that also gave all of them a chance to get to know one another a bit. Bruce and Melody had also allowed us to use their minivan to get around in. What a treat!

So we took off driving to Birch Bay and since this minivan was equipped with a DVD player, we watched and listened to and sang along with the Sound of Music video. It was fun and reminiscent of our kid’ childhood a bit.  We had wonderful sunny weather and could see Mt Rainier and Mt Baker as well as all the other mountains along the way. It was fun just to be together and hear our adult children talking and all in the same place for a time! We were our son in law Nick but knew he’d be coming soon!

We checked into our house and then went to the beach..it was only a short walk. It is a tidal beach so twice in 24 hours you have a lot of watered high tide and twice you have low tide. So it was fun watching the boys play in the stones and looking for shells and rocks and clams. Kent even fried up clams and Ivan especially enjoyed them.

Our rental also had a Xbox with video games so we also enjoyed playing them as well.  It was fun to see how hard it was to bowl, race cars etc on this game. Fun watching Silas and Ivan playing it too!

We had a few days to enjoy each other and we saw our dear friend Ed K who lives in the area. Ed is like another grandfather to our kids. My neice, Jana came for a visit too. She had not seen our son and family for 10 years.

We had family events and the wedding to attend so that is in the next blog.

Check out this video for lots of fun pictures:

https://vimeo.com/229232210

Another great family time!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers