Thanksgiving

December 12, 2017

After the trip to Yosemite we took off and headed towards Arizona. We arrived on November 15th. Our daughter Kara and Ivan were already in Phoenix staying at her sister-in-law’s house. So a few days after arriving,  they came to visit us! It was a pleasure to see Ivan on his 3rd Birthday! We all ate at a Mediterranean restaurant… which Ivan loves too!

We had a blast having them with us and as Ivan remembered the pool and it was an extra hot November, we did enjoy the pool almost every day. Kara had borrowed a bike and all our neighbors were fond of watching Ivan go scooting around on his bike! Sometimes us adults had a hard time keeping up! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday there were a few other children in our park and Ivan soon had some friends that came on their bikes..

On Thanksgiving, Kara’s sister-in-law and husband invited us to join with the family at their house. Nick’s dad was also in town. I made three kinds of pies and potatoes and we enjoyed a delicious dinner together. It was fun afterwards to bounce a bit with the kids on the trampoline in their backyard.

Friday,  Nicks dad and neices ,two little girls came for lunch and to swim. On Saturday we hosted everyone with swimming and lunch. So it was a busy but fun time.

Nick left on Sunday to go back to work and Kara and Ivan stayed on and we enjoyed the pool somemore. We also went to Ikea one morning, and the wonderful Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Ivan loved the model railroads the most! We also went to see our pastor’s “ Walk to Bethlehem” and their streets lights. Ivan really enjoyed that too. And Kent and I just enjoyed being with them doing whatever.

I enclose a few pictures…

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but check out the videos below as they  show the extent of our fun! Click on the links.

https://vimeo.com/247011279

https://vimeo.com/247015515

 

love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

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Seeing Yosemite National Park

December 8, 2017

Monday after the marriage retreat we needed a rest and so we took off in our car to see Yosemite National Park which was near by.

 

First, we had quite a twisty road to get there! We also saw a huge area that was burned out from one of the fires this summer! Then once we were inside the park we were awed by these huge granite boulders that rose into the sky! Wow, wow, wow! It was awesome! We stopped at the visitor center and watched a documentary about it. We also took a picnic lunch and there. It was great walking around and there were very few people this time of year. It was wonderful and a great day for us!

i am adding some pictures here. But to really appreciate the beauty in this park you must watch this video!

Just click on the link:

https://vimeo.com/24556630

 

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Speaking at a marriage retreat

November 14, 2017

About a year ago, Kent and I were at a retreat center near Yosemite with our mobilization team. While there we met the program director and a few months later she approached us about speaking for a marriage retreat at the conference center.

We were in the process of taking this assisgnment when I was diagnosed with cancer, so we asked to put off saying yes or no until after my surgery and prognosis. And since that turned out good, we decided to say Yes.

So for months we have been reading books, talking about what is important and how to incorporate our missions life and ministry in a marriage retreat.. so two weeks ago we did this marriage retreat at Silver Spur Christian Camp and Retreat Center. Wow, I was blown away by the fact that 50 couples came. They were wonderful and Kent and I felt God used us during the weekend. It was many hours of  preparations for Kent and I. It actually helped us to sort out things in our own marriage. That and the retreat were a big blessing for us too!

There was all kinds of fun things to do as well as the meetings. There were other couples that shared their lives as well. God used all of us!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

My birthday

October 31, 2017

Yes, I had a Birthday this week!. I usually look forward to my birthday and Kent and I find fun things to do that the birthday person gets free…such as a free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s restaurant…all you have to do is show them your Identification.. also Red Robin restaurant if you are a part of the rewards program..you will get an email saying your will get a gourmet burger and fries for any time during your birthday month..Nice!

There are many other offers but since I knew we had to be moving our RV house this year I didn’t look for free offers.  So this year we had to travel on my birthday and that is usually busy enough.. we had to get to central California by Thursday for a marriage retreat that we are doing for the weekend… yes, we are the main speakers.. it is a bit scary as we have never done anything like this.  I will tell you more about that later..

So, when I looked ahead to my birthday, I was a bit depressed… you ask Why? Well, this year with my cancer diagnosis…kind of made a difference and also because of my four siblings that died of cancer, all before they were my new age! So, it sort of feels a little scary to start this year knowing that my siblings all died within two years of their cancer diagnosis..

Don’t get me wrong… I feel good right now and I have a good prognosis… but at times thoughts come into our heads even when we have lots to look forward too!

So, as I shared with Kent…he realized that I was feeling a little blue.. so on my birthday he bought me a dozen roses and a beautiful birthday card! What a sweet husband.. as he knew that I needed a little “lift”…. I am so glad for this man! It turned out to be a nice birthday after all!

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Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ministry, visiting Friends and team meetings while enjoying the fall colors and cool weather!

October 31, 2017

After being with mom and dad Reimer we had work to do. First, was Seattle Missions Fest for Friday and Saturday. Mission Fest was fun and plenty of people coming to talk about missions. Kent had a seminar which was well attended. Our co-worker Ginny came to help out at the booth. We also got to have dinner with a couple applying to the mission. Kent has been working with Kyle and Jeannie for several years now and they were very excited to be starting on the process to join WorldVenture. Melody and Bruce our friends where we stayed this summer came to visit and have dinner with us too. So it was a full two days.

We parked our RV house on the Church’s property where Mission Fest was held, sooo we knew we had to get out of the way. We also had to get to Portland and get the RV settled in a RV park because Kent was flying early Monday morning to Chicago!  We did just that and God gave us nice sunny weather for this drive.. as we pulled off the highway we could see a beautiful view of Mt Hood.

We got settled and Kent flew to Chicago for meetings with his team. I(Jan) stayed in Portland. I wanted to visits some special lady friends and it worked out. I first got to see Joan, who was the friend that went with me to Victoria, British Columbia in June. I also got to visit with her husband Peter. It was great to see both of them and we all enjoyed a beautiful fall day where we were able to sit outside on their deck.

Next day I got to visit Rachel my friend for many years now. Her husband was traveling so it gave us a long visit. Rachel also has had cancer and so we could relate on that level too. Rachel and my birthdays are a day apart and since our husbands wer3 not home to cook for..I suggested that we eat out. We went to “The old Spaghetti Factory!” Delicious food and wonderful company.. as Rachel’s daughter was able to go with us! So sweet!

Then I had one day to rest and Kent came back on Thursday. He had a great trip and good meetings with the other team members. We got some work done on the retreat that we have coming up. We also got to visit Brad and Sara and their three beautiful sons. Kent and I have known and coached Brad and Sara for several years. They are appointees with WorldVenture but have had some serious “bumps” in the road. Brad had tongue cancer about a year ago…  and God has healed him in some miraculous ways!!  Sara had twin boys that were born early and had multiple health issues…but as you can see in this picture they all are looking good now. Big brother Cameron was quite proud of his brothers too! . It was such a treat to see them and their family. We praise God for this sweet family and look forward to how God is going to use them in Spain.

On Saturday we drove through pouring rain most of the way to central Oregon. We again parked on a unused parking lot of a church. We were able to go to church in the morning. This is a church where we may be able to minister with them next summer, so we were trying to figure it out by visiting them and Kent meeting several people in leadership!

Sunday afternoon, we again went down the road…driving in sun and only a couple hundred miles to a town near Roseburg, Oregon. We parked in a small RV park and settled in for the week. We are here to visit some dear friends. Our co-worker Doug and we had lunch together on Monday morning. Doug was going Elk hunting so we wouldn’t see him again… On Tuesday we had lunch with Phil and Jeannie. We have known Phil and Jeannie since the days when we lived in Juneau, Alaska in 1981-82. It is always fun to see them. We got to see them a bit more through the week.

The RV park we are in is so close to the forest that we have a lot of wildlife that wanders through the Paarl at all times of day. I thought it quite brazen of the wild turkeys to come through as it is getting close to Thanksgiving…

We spent the week here doing more preparations for the marriage retreat which next weekend where we are main speakers. We worked on the PowerPoint so that we can send it ahead.

So soon we will be going down the road again… hold on for more adventures. I work hard on these videos and wondered whether you enjoy them.. if you watch it will you let me know.. just hit reply and I will see it. Thanks for your help!

Just Click on the link for a short video of our adventures:

https://vimeo.com/240411358

jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

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