Beach trip with my Friend, Melody

July 18, 2017

My new friend and our hostess for the summer, Melody loves the beach like me. One day we got talking about how we haven’t been to the beach enough. Melody admitted. That she had not been to a beach for years. So we started to think and plan… and last week our plans came to reality. Melody got us a hotel room and she drove… this little trip was to be a big part of her birthday present from her husband! Hah! Well, I was grateful to be accompanying her as I love the beach anytime, but especially in the summer.

We left their house in the tall evergreen trees and drove out to the Washington coast. We had a delightful drive, feeling a bit giddy with excitement. We had a nice lunch along the way and then drove in down to the coast. We found our hotel and checked in. We then went for a walk around the town to see the shops etc. we talked to shop owners and other locals and asked about good places for meals. We got two recommendations and went to both places while here. We rested a bit at the hotel and then went out to eat at a place called the Depot. I forgot to get pictures. But it was an old train depot and had a really good chef that had delicious food! We then drove to the beach and walked around a bit. It was quite windy and the sun was going down so after a while went back to our hotel room.

After a good sleep and breakfast we headed out to drive to the Oregon coast. We stopped to pick up a sandwhich to eat on the beach and saw some bargains, so we had to shop a little along the way. But we did arrive at Cannon Beach, Oregon and wow! We found a parking place within a short walk of the beach! How wonderful! I was so excited I almost ran down to the beach… the sand was soft and felt good on our feet…so we took a foot picture! Hah! Then we sat in the beach chairs that Melody had brought and read, talked and ate our lunch! Beautiful and restful! Finally I had to go to the bathroom so we left our chairs and then were able to come back a few minutes later and resume our restful time. Then it was time to leave…sad! “Sigh” oh well I hope to get more beach time again! Thanks Melody!

We then went back to hotel and rested and cleaned up and then went to the other recommendation which was called Gelattis. Sounded Italian and looked it online…we ordered Italian and ate Italian…but when the owner came out to mingle with the guests. he told us a different story. They had bought from an Italian but he wasn’t Italian. Still it was very good food! And he was interesting to talk to!

After another good nights sleep and breakfast we headed back but taking a somewhat different route. We took our time and stopped again for lunch and found some deer alongside the road. Eventually we stopped in Centralia that had a bunch of Antique stores. We got into a few but then we decided it was time to head home,

What a fun couple of days and a beach “fix” for both of us until the next time, Happy Birthday Melody! I had a great time! Thanks a ton for arranging and driving!

Your friend,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

For more pictures follow this video link:

https://vimeo.com/225790177

Bruce and Melody hosted a July 4th party

July 11, 2017

Our hosts( where we are parked this summer) are Bruce and Melody. They have graciously allowed us to park on their property with a beautiful view of Mt Rainier. They decided to host a party for Independence Day. We were graciously invited too.

We had a blast and the party was a huge success! Many of their neighbors, friends came. I think it must have been close to 60 people. Bruce plays in two bands and one of them played for the entertainment. I was able to get a short clip of them singing.

We had a fun day and enjoyed getting to know Bruce and Melody’s neighbors and friends better.

Follow the video link to see more pictures!

https://vimeo.com/224970099

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

A special treat

July 10, 2017

We met Joan and Peter a few years ago when they hosted us in Portland for the Mission Connexion conference. Joan and I really hit it off right from the start and we had much in common. I have been wanting to do something for her as she has a hard life right now. Her husband Peter, 12 years ago fell and is now a handicapped man with a brain injury that makes him more like a child. Peter is very intelligent and has a PhD and was a chemical engineer before a brain tumor and then a fall off a ladder onto rocks, 12 years ago changed their lives forever!

Last year, Joan also nursed their one daughter until God took her to heaven.  She also had back surgery in March of this year! I felt God telling me to do something special with her to cheer her up. So between her challenges and then my cancer this spring, we both needed a special treat!

God gave that to us in the form of a mini vacation. Joan was able to get a caregiver for her husband Peter and then drove up to Seattle and met Kent and I at a place along the highway. Kent took Joan’s car and Joan and I took off in our little car. We drove to Seattle where I had booked an Airbnb for overnight as we had an early morning. We were there early enough so we went out for a nice meal at a local restaurant within walking distance. We also found a spot where we could see a nice sunset view of Seattle. Our host and hostess were wonderful and we enjoyed their home and them very much!

We were catching the Clipper ferry to Victoria, Canada. We had picked an excursion that included a 2 1/2 hour boat trip, a narrated bus ride around the city and the ride and entrance fee to a beautiful garden just outside of Victoria, called Butchart Gardens. We also had the ride back to Victoria and overnight accommodations at the Grand Hotel.

We had both been to the gardens before but we were excited to see what it looked like now, as they keep changing the flowers for the different times of the year! We saw many beautiful flowers and landscaping. It was breathtaking! Joan had known that we could eat in the gardens at the actual house of the Butchart family, as she had done it before. She treated us both to afternoon tea. We had such a great time and had delicious and beautiful food and very delicious teas!

We had met a young woman in the line for the boat. Natalie and us hung out at the gardens together and we three even rode a carrousel for fun! She left us when we went for tea but we saw her again on the ferry back to Seattle. It is fun to meet and get to know others on these excursions.

We then rode the bus back to Victoria where our luggage had been dropped at our hotel. Our hotel was the Grand Hotel, a 5 star hotel. Our room was beautiful and the hotel was so nice too. After a great night sleeping in very comfortable beds, we leisurely got up and decided we wanted to go to a special place for breakfast. Joan had been to this tea place called Murchie’s and knew they also served breakfast. Again delicious food and very delicious teas. They also sold teas, tea pots and cups and Joan loved their teas. So we spent about an hour for breakfast and then an hour picking our teas. We are still enjoying them. I also splurged and bought a beautiful tea cup to remember this wonderful time.

Our hotel concierge had agreed to keep our luggge until we were to board our Clipper ferry ride back to Seattle. So after breakfast and tea shopping we took our time and stopped in every little shop on Government street that took our fancy. This is a Main Street in this part of town. So there were shops of linens from Ireland, there were all kinds of souvenir shops and there was a little craft fair there too. The flower baskets were beautiful and were everywhere. We also stopped at delicious handmade chocolate store. Of course we did get a few for a treat. Joan got some for Peter as he loves them!

We had not known when we planned our trip, that Canada was about to celebrate their 150th year of being an independent country. So when we were in Victoria there were several events at the Harbor. We had a delicious Fish and chips meal at a great permanent food truck called Red Fish/Blue Fish. The line of people never seemed to go down although they served them as fast as the food could be cooked!

Because of this special celebration and which is leading up to Canada Day on July 1st, there was several live music groups playing as we ate our lunch. We had a delicious meal at a place called Dead Beets on Thursday late afternoon. It had burgers with red beets on them and also a delicious veggie burger with various veggie fries which I got. I could recommend both of these places as the food was very delicious.

As we walked around taking pictures of people, mimes, musicians, all of a sudden we heard some military music at the Parliament building. We rushed along with a crowd of people not wanting to miss some special event. We waited behind a rope cord with police enforcing no one could pass. We saw the band and two rows of military personnel standing at attention in front of this building, facing the building. So we waited for about a half hour, when some people came out of the building descended the stairs and got into some cars that had pulled up. Then everything started dispersing. We still didn’t know for sure what had happened, so as we were walking along two police officers were near us, so we asked them. They said it was the beginning of the legislative session. That was an interesting sideline for us to see.

It was a delightful time. The weather was beautiful and we were relaxed and God gave us such a wonderful time. When it was time to board the Clipper we retrieved our luggage and got on for the ride back to Seattle.

We arrived back in Seattle after a very peaceful ride and we were seeing the sunset as we arrived in Seattle. Beautiful! We retrieved our car and drove to where our RV house is parked. Our hosts Bruce and Melody have their beautiful guest house and they allowed Joan to stay there overnight. That was nice so she could be rested for her drive back to Portland on Friday. So we all slept well and then we had breakfast together and Joan drove back to Peter.

Here are some pictures but follow the video link to enjoy more!  It was a refreshing time for both of us and I believe God gave us this as a treat!

Check out the video:   https://vimeo.com/224896448

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

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!