Memorial Day weekend

June 13, 2017

We had not seen mom and dad Reimer since we moved to Seattle area. So we decided to go there to help around the farm for the extended weekend. Kent took off a few days so we could be there a bit longer and not have to drive in the holiday traffic. On our way we had breakfast with Kent’s cousin Denny and Jeri and caught up with them a bit. Then we took our time driving as  it was an absolutely beautiful day, we enjoyed the scenery along the way.

We had a full two days trying to get all the things dad and mom needed done. Dad was planting his garden and Kent’s sister had helped with planting corn and beans and some other things.   I could help with planting,  although I can’t work as long as I used to… so I had to rest a bit each day. But Dad plugged along and what I couldn’t help with, Kent did. So we got the garden planted. Isn’t that amazing at almost 96, dad still insists on planting a garden. They eat a lot of it and give some of it to friends and family. But dad does take a lot of it to the food bank just a mile down the road. He told me he’d already given 70lbs of rhubarb to the food bank.  Anyway we got that done and lots of trimming and Kent even fixed some things that needed done too. So by Sunday we were ready to rest!

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We had seen our dear friend Ed, and also had dinner with our neice Amanda as well. It was good to see these precious family and friends.

Sunday, we took mom and dad to church and then to eat at mom’s favorite Chinese restaurant. Then we took them back to their place to rest and Kent and I met my oldest neice Jana at the “Ski to Sea” event in Bellingham. Here is the link to explain this fun experience. We could not get there to see the first place winners but we did see some 40 teams cross the finish line. I have always wanted to go to this event and we would have tried out the food but we had already eaten with mom and dad…another time. But we had fun chatting with Jana and catching up a little on her life. We are planning on seeing her again this summer too!

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On Memorial Day there is a beautiful ceremony to remember all service men and women at Green Acres Memorial Garden. Their website for more information:http://festivalofflags.org/

It is another thing that I  have wanted to do this year. So the whole family decided to do that as well. It was fun! They had a concert with several artists and then the beautiful and moving ceremony. They call it the “Festival of flags” as they place over 1,800 flags in the cemetery that were given to the relatives of someone who had served our country and now had died( not necessarily in the line of duty). These flags are then donated to the Memorial Garden and a flagpole also so that they can be flown on Memorial Day. It is beautiful!

I have two brothers and two nephews who have served our country and who have passed away and are buried in the same military cemetery in my home state.  I still have one brother who served that is still living. So I really like these kinds of ceremonies especially Memorial Day or July 4th.

A few pics:

 

I have put together a video because I had a wonderful song that was sung that I loved. Please go here for more pictures of this patriotic event. https://vimeo.com/221528471?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Our 42nd Wedding Anniversary

June 5, 2017

Not long after we arrived in Seattle area was our wedding anniversary day. Unfortunately it was a cloudy and a bit rainy that day, so I decided to find something fun to do inside. I found a Groupon for a local car museum. I was pretty sure Kent would like that. So we went to LeMay car museum in the late morning. It was fun and one I’d the docents was very knowledgeable about all the cars and  fen knew Mr LeMay himself so had lots of stories to tell.

We then met out hosts, Bruce and Melody for dinner at Outback Steakhouse. A fun day and nice quiet way to celebrate this year!

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Jan and Kent for the Roaming Reimers

 

Traveling this spring

June 5, 2017

We continued our travels on to Washington. We drove through Nevada, a little bit of California and a lot of Oregon and finally arriving in Pacific area of Washington state. We loved traveling along and watching the changing scenery as Kent drove.

I, at times would rest in our bunk behind Kent so I could take our days which were shorter but seemed long to me.

We arrived in Western Washington and had several days of rain before the sun came out but we were sooooooooo glad to see green again that the rain didn’t bother us.

I hope you enjoy our trip to the NW. You can see the changing landscape as we traveled. We were so glad to see green nd then trees and then finally tall trees of the Pacific Northwest. One picture shows a little bit of the bug population that we encountered as well as we found farmland along the way. Even the first day of traveling in the rain did not dampen our spirits as we were grateful to be in the Northwest again! We found the spring flowering trees and even a rainbow on a walk in Portland.

Please check out this video for more pictures.

https://vimeo.com/220100687

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Settled in NW

June 4, 2017

Our friends Bruce and Melody have 20 acres of beautiful scenic property at the base of Mt Rainier. It has absolutely the best view of Mt Rainier.  Bruce and Melody have been sooo gracious to us and have allowed us to park on their gorgeous property for the summer. So very kind of them!

We all met two years ago on a River Cruise in Eastern Europe. We were all there to celebrate our wedding Anniversaries. We became friends quickly and have seen each other quite a bit in the past few years. These guys came to cheer Kent up last summer when he fell and broke some ribs…they visited us in Phoenix and we all have met up at restaurants when we were in the area etc. anyway, you get the idea they are special friends! Also last January we were at their house for a very special day… they have a new ministry called Dorlinda Ministry Retreat. Their beautiful guest house is fully equipped and beautifully decorated and is a ministry to pastors and missionaries and their families for a place of solace and retreat. It is so kind of them to offer this beautiful and very comfortable house for those who serve the Lord. Kent and I were here last January to help them dedicate this guest house and them to this ministry. Here is the picture of Kent and Bruce and Melody when Kent presented a globe to them…as a token of the people they will touch all over the world with this ministry. They have been using their guest house in this way since January.

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We actually needed a place for a few weeks as we had some battery issues that needed to be resolved, by someone other than Kent. The holiday interrupted that repair. So we moved into their lovely guest house. We do hope to get our issues resolved very soon but in the meantime we’ve been enjoying this lovely, gracious and comfortable home!

Check out their website and send those serving the Lord that need a rest to them.  https://www.dorlindaretreatministry.com

 

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Praise God with us for our Good news!

May 4, 2017

May 2nd Kent and I went back to my oncologist. We were thrilled to hear that the second opinion on the pelvic wash that one pathologist thought was cancer….well the second pathologist said it was inflammatory cells. Yea!! This was very much what we and many others have prayed for! We are so grateful for all those that have prayed for us and this answer!

Sooo because of this good news we felt free to leave HOT Phoenix and we left the next day! We stopped today in Las Vegas to see Kent’s dear uncle and wife. Uncle Mel was pretty sick last week with a infection but was doing pretty good today! He and I both wore out early and we went a bit further for a stop overnight.

Praise God with us as we are so encouraged by this news! By the way, most women have no more problems with this cancer coming back since the entire organs are gone especially when it is not in the lymph nodes etc.  I will have to have check ups every three months which I am grateful for.  My doctor has a friend another oncologist in the Northwest which I can go to for my in between checks. Yeah! Another God thing!

 

Again, thanks you all that prayed! We also have a place to stay for the summer! Our new friends Bruce and Melody have a beautiful home and some acreage and have invited us to come and park there! We are so excited to do this! Another answered prayer!

May God give you a blessing today too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Feeling much better and some good news

April 23, 2017

Some of the flowers we received to cheer us up! They all did!! And pictures of Ivan encouraging grandma too!

What a difference two weeks from surgery can make! I do feel so much improvement and each day feeling stronger. Kara and Ivan were such a help! Kara worked so hard to take care of Kent and I and even left a lot food easy to prepare in our frig or freezer. Ivan is a joy wherever he is and then even our son-in-law Nick came for a few days and we were all together for Easter!

We did go back to my surgeon on April 19th. I must say that it seemed like it was a long time to wait for these results…but of course we were a bit anxious. We had much good news! There is NO cancer in the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, nor lymph nodes!!! And the cancer had only penetrated less than 50% of the uterus! That is the good news! Also over 90% of women with this kind of cancer when it presents with nothing in the ovaries etc, are cured and no cancer comes back for the rest of their lives. That is a high percentage!

BUT before surgery my Dr had done a pelvic wash and then extracted that and also sent that to the lab…that came back with cancer cells in it! So while I was absorbing the good news, I felt a bit wary. What does that mean? First,  my Dr will send it to another lab for second pathologists look at it. A second opinion. And then we will see.  We await those results which will be given to us on May 2nd. Please pray with us that this result is a good one?

I will have to be monitored every three months for several years. But another bit of good news is that my Dr has a friend that is also an gynecological oncologist in the Seattle area. So we can still go north and continue to take care of my health as well.

We must say that we are feeling pretty positive still, with just a little concern. But we are making plans to go north and very glad to as well. Here in Phoenix it is HOT nearly 100 this past week and we are ready to go and see some green and cooler temps of the Pacific Northwest. Just recently Kent and I were asked to go and help a church in the Seattle area…. so that is very promising. Also we have some dear friends who have offered for us to stay on their property at the base of Mt Rainier… What a wonderful way to spend the summer!

We’d appreciate your continued prayers! And we so much appreciate all prayers and notes, emails, calls etc but we want you to know we feel God’ s hand on us through all of this! Thank you for standing behind us and for your love and concern!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Jan’s surgery

April 13, 2017

Yes, Jan had her cancer surgery a week ago now, on Thursday April 6th. We were both a bit glad that on Thursday her surgery went from 3:30 to 12:30 as someone else canceled. As you can imagine we have been a bit preoccupied with that and her recovery. The surgery went well and Jan did great. I was with her before and also post operative in a waiting area for surgery and then awaiting an observation room in the hospital. I had one friend from our church, a fellow pilot sat with me during the entire procedure. Two other couples came and sat with me for awhile too. It was a huge comfort and encouragement to have them there and have many people all over the world praying for us both!

It was a laproscopic robotic total hysterectomy.  In fact, I would have been very interested in seeing the robotics as I once worked in a hospital as an orderly. Don’t know what that position is called now, but then I even got to scrub and go into surgeries. And I watched both of our children’s births with no problem..

While it is a major surgery, in this hospital usually the patient is observed overnight and goes home the next day. And that is what we expected. But after Jan was settled for the night, she insisted that I go home and get some sleep. So I did. We did have one couple stop by for a short visit and also they were kind enough to pick up a sub sandwich for me as the cafeteria had already closed when I went to get some food. 😗

When I arrived the next morning, I could see she wasn’t as doing as well. She’d had a bad night as she had a reaction to the higher dose of morphine and threw up four times. Then they tried even the Percocet and she threw up on this medicine too and then finally threw up on water…she does have a sensitive stomach to medicines so this isn’t a big surprise. Her surgeon stopped in to check on her and would have discharged her, but saw she was still weak from all of that and said she should stay another night and get her strength up.

So I stayed around and left when she needed rest to work in a nearby area of the hospital. She did better through that day and then some other friends came to visit and when she was tired we all left together.

So Saturday early afternoon she was looking a lot better and was discharged. After coming home she went right to bed pretty tired from the trip home. She is getting better every day.

We did have a trip back to the Dr yesterday because there was some unusual swelling around one of the incisions and after talking to the Dr, they asked us to come to the office to be looked at. She also had some weird feelings in her left leg , so they did an ultrasound immediately but thankfully it is ok.

Our daughter Kara and little Ivan flew back to help with this post surgery recovery time. We are both so grateful for Kara’s help and Ivan’s diversion. They will be here through next Tuesday and our son-in-law Nick flies in to spend Easter and a few days here too as he has a work appointment next week here. So it will be great to see him. Oh, if you are wondering where they are staying and sleeping when Jan is resting… some dear friends lent us their RV and it is parked just across the street from us. So that makes it great for all of us.

Thanks for all that have prayed! We go back to Jan’s Dr on April 19th in the afternoon for final diagnosis of the lymph nodes to see if they were cancer too. Please continue to pray for all of us at this time. Even in the midst of this cancer journey we want to bring glory to God.  We are very hopeful and are trusting GOD for good results too!

grateful to you all,

kent

Ps we had three bouquets of flowers delivered to Jan’s room and our house, some Sharis berries and several delicious meals from friends at church and many cards and phone calls and texts. We are feeling the body of Christ reaching out to us and loving us! Thank you from our hearts to yours!

“You have cancer!”

April 4, 2017

What? I didn’t really expect my doctor to say that! I am sure anyone who ever had that diagnosis has either!  One of my first thoughts was that she couldn’t mean me! But she kept talking and Kent and even I asked some questions, But I felt like I was two different people, one listening to her and one saying no way!

Eventually I came to accept this is me! And yes I have had moments of panic when thinking about my 4 siblings who have died of cancer before reaching their 64th birthdays. But the Drs assured me that this kind of cancer isn’t related to theirs. Also I know that God is right here beside me, even with cancer and He has not abandoned me and will not! Also I do have friends who are standing with and beside us in this journey!

My journey started in December with bleeding, then eventually pain. If you follow this blog you will know that we have been traveling a lot since then. So in between trips I found a Dr, went to her, had a pap, had an ultrasound and then finally an endrometrial biopsy…before she uttered those life changing words.

Kent and I were a bit stunned and shocked !  But we both knew something was wrong with me and even though that wasn’t the diagnosis we wanted it was an answer! Next we found a surgeon and got all the blood work done and April 6th is my surgery, a full hysterectomy and we are hopeful and praying so that the cancer is contained. If so and no lymph nodes etc are affected, I should be ok and will need no further treatment. That is the good news!!

I have found that as we shared about my cancer we have gotten all kinds of responses. And from the kind people who said,  “Oh, I am sorry, I will pray for you! ” to other less gracious responses. Someone told me, ” You will be fine!” I do hope and pray so, BUT no one knows that but our Good Heavenly Father! And to say it does not encourage me either! I know they might have the best intentions and some are scared because they don’t want it to be them, so they say thing to get you to stop talking about cancer.

I know I have learned from this that I want be a lot more gracious to sick or hurting people in the future!  Our journeys through life take us on many different paths. And we are still trusting God through this. He is holding us and we are encouraged most of the time!

We will be staying on in Phoenix area a bit longer until I am well enough to move. Then we are not sure where we will end up this summer, but somewhere cooler for sure. For now we are confident we are in the right place for us!

May God give you peace in your life circumstances as well!

Jan for the not so Roaming Reimer’s

A wonderful visit

April 3, 2017

Our daughter Kara and  her 2 year old son Ivan came for a visit in March. It was about two weeks after our trip to the Philippines. We were so excited to see them both!  This is the third year they have visited us in March.

We could hardly wait to see Ivan again and to hug our daughter as well. It was fun watching Ivan and seeing how much he has grown since we saw him.  What a great time we had!

Kara had been to the Philippines while in college and so we had fun talking about all we each saw when there as well.  But the most fun was just being with this fun little boy. Yes, at the end of each day were we all tired, but next morning when he came down our steps saying “Grandpa, Get up,” who wouldn’t be glad that we could get up and have fun with him! And Kara too of course!

We went to the railroad park that had a small train and carousel to ride as well as a miniature train museum. We also went to the library for story time and books to read, a children’s heart museum, and our church to meet some of our dear friends.

We went to our pool daily where Ivan had a blast splashing grandpa while others were enchanted by him too! Also we got to do mini golf at our park and just walk around. Everywhere we went with Ivan he was so friendly that people would stop and talk with him, give him rides on their golf carts and even let him pick grapefruit from their trees. He loved it! He is such a friendly little boy and always looking to talk to someone.

Ivan also really enjoyed getting to sit in grandpa’s big fast truck and grandpa enjoyed showing it to him!

Here is a video showing some of the fun!:https://vimeo.com/211132399

Enjoy,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Ministry trip to the Philippines

March 29, 2017

Kent and I only had one week to get ready for our next trip. We were very excited to be able to go to see the Philippines as our daughter Kara had been there for her student teaching at the missionary kid school in Manila in 2003. It is hard to believe it is that long ago.

Our purpose to go was to find out the kinds of workers our missionary team needs there. So the friend director had an agenda and pretty well planned our time for us. We got to three different and distinct parts of the country and we were so grateful for our missionary hosts in all the locations. It was anything but a vacation as we were going early each day and all day long. We were so grateful for all the pastors we met and all the missionaries and to see most of the ministries they are involved in as well. We prayed with the people we met and tried to be encouraging in any way we could.

Because I took so many pictures it will be better to show you our trip better in video. It is in three parts so please enjoy them all. I did not add music as I am not that good at that yet. But video two has several videos imbedded with music or noise. I hope you enjoy them.

Philippine trip -part 1:https://vimeo.com/207335165

part two:https://vimeo.com/210708356

part three:https://vimeo.com/209020709

We returned after two weeks encouraged but very tired after all the travel and ready to rest at home a bit!! We had very exciting persons coming to see us too!

Jan for the very much Roaming Reimer’s