Archive for April, 2011

On the road this spring

April 29, 2011

We left Phoenix a few days ago and traveled to a place just north of Flagstaff. We parked on bureau of Land Management Land. It is free to park here for up to 14 days. We only wanted two nights.

There is such a sharp contrast in the weather from Phoenix at about 1.000 feet elevation and Flagstaff approximately 90 miles north of it at 6,800 feet. We are a bit north of that at 7,200 feet. The weather is quite different. We left temperatures nearly 100 degrees in the daytime and around 70 at night. Here we have only about 65 degrees in the daytime and it drops to 40 during the night. It is definitely only spring here. I have welcomed the change and we have enjoyed the nice pine forest around us.

We even were able to have a fire the first night. It was nice until a wind came up and chased us inside. But the wind has blown all day yesterday and so we didn’t even dare try for a fire.

We left that area and have been traveling most of the day. We have had several things that Kent has had to fix or get fixed in the past few days. We had a flat tire on the RV and that was near Flagstaff and so was easily fixed.

Today as we drove in the high winds our large slide(the living room and dining room one) started coming out. Kent watches these things as we travel and had noticed it.

We traveled to the next town which was on and Indian reservation and found a NAPA dealer. They had the parts we needed and allowed us to park on the parking lot and Kent fixed the problem. For those of you who are technical, a bolt that held the slide mechanism sheared off. Thankfully Kent was able to fix it in a short time and about 90 minutes later we were on the road again. I am sooo grateful for his wisdom and ability to fix things…especially today!

We are parked near a café tonight where we had some delicious pizza. As we were trying to get in a place out of the way, the cable for the back up camera tore lose and Kent is now trying to fix that. He just came in and has that fixed too! Praise God!

After all of these events…I thought. I do think we have had enough things go wrong for a long time. Right?! I should ask our prayer warriors to be praying for us for safety on the road. Please do.

We are in for the night and will turn in early as we traveled into a lot of wind today and feel all buffeted from it. But we are safe and grateful to the Lord for his provisions along the way today. No pictures today as the strength of our wifi is weak. I am glad to be able to get words on this blog tonight. I will try to show some of what we have seen later on.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Saying goodbye again

April 27, 2011

Yes, I know many of you know how many times we have had to say goodbye…but I don’t think it gets easier…just more usual for us. We are saying goodbye to all of our friends here. Easter was a wonderful service and a great day but I cried through most of the service. I knew I was saying goodbye…

Last night we went out with our small group Bible Study group. We love all of these wonderful people and found it particularly hard to say goodbye. They are a support system here in Phoenix and we do love each of them.

Here are all of us. We are a fun group.

Bible Study group 2011

Little Chloee is our youngest member

Chloee and me at Easter

Our friends Don and Kathy. Kathy and I like to shop together. Fun!

Don and Kathy

Kent and Chloee and her grandpa “Zip”

Darylene and me

Well, we are now going to be “on the road” again for a bit. I will update as I am able to.

Love from the Roaming Reimers

Caring for flowers

April 25, 2011

For those of you who don’t know, I care for flowers in order to pay for our RV monthly rent. I am doing that for the campus of Arizona Christian University(that is the new name for Southwestern College) in Phoenix now. I love what I do and am always on the watch out to do all I can to make the campus look better.

The flowers that I care for

More flowers

This past week I and a few students moved a cactus garden from one part of the campus to another more central location.

Here the cactus garden was sort of hidden

The old cactus garden

It was quite a job moving something that is so full of thorns. But I had a good crew to work with.

Ready to move this cactus

Digging out the roots

Moving the cactus with the tractor

Getting ready to place it in the hole we dug

The NEW Cactus Garden

A young Saguaro cactus

Barrel Cactus

Prickly pear cactus

Everyone loves the new cactus garden. I enjoy going by it too in this new location.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Back in Phoenix and something to think about.

April 13, 2011

Kent and I are back in Phoenix after almost two weeks in PA. We went for a missions conference at one of our supporting churches. We had a good conference. It was so good to connect with many friends and also my mother again. It was a special time and I do believe God used us in some hearts while we were there.

We had dinner on our Sunday there with some wonderful supportive friends. We have known these guys for over 30 years. They have been good friends but also pray for us regularly and support us in some many ways. These couples have stood by us in life and ministry and have been examples for us in their family lives and lives with God. We are always so grateful to spend more time with them.

Don and Millie
Millie and Don

Ed and Judy
Ed and Judy

Jack and Jean
Jack and Jean

Jan and Joyce. Joyce’s dear husband went to heaven a little while ago. We all miss him.

Joyce and Jan. Joyce's dear husband went to heaven a few years ago

We flew home on Saturday and because of some storms in the area of our layover city we ended up being delayed for 3 hours. That wasn’t so bad except that our bodies felt like it was 3 am when we arrived in Phoenix. We were pretty tired on Sunday. We were grateful to be home again.

We are back for our last few weeks here. Jan is working on the flowers and was moving cactus today as there will be some building changes on the campus. So she is trying to save some of these and in the process beautiful the campus more.

Kent is busy making calls to pastors and candidates. On Monday he did a seminar at a church about 2 hours away. That was so fun. There are only about 100 people in the church and 30 came for the missions meeting. That was an exciting response.

We also met a couple that is so sweet and godly. He was responsible for bringing us to their church. Later we spent the night with them. He told us that he was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2006 and it was stage 4. He looked so good. I was floored by his words. But I asked him…what are you doing differently in your life knowing that your time could be very short? Mostly he is making use of the time God has given him. Wow, shouldn’t we all be like that?

May God bless and use you today where He has planted you.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers