Archive for November, 2013

Kent’s dad and mom

November 8, 2013

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We got a call yesterday from Kent’s sister telling us that his parents had been in a car accident. They were transported to the hospital and their car was totaled was all she knew at that point. Their youth pastor had gone with them to the ER and then gave us an early report. They both needed CAT scans and we probably going to be admitted. Dad is 92 and Mom is 88.

Wow! It about took our breath away. We were just with them 3 weeks ago and they flew to Kentucky 2 weeks ago.  Phone calls and texts flew back and forth all day. By the end they had both been admitted and mom was in ICU. But we had much to praise the Lord for. NO serious injuries, no large broken bones, no head injuries and few internal injuries that were immediately apparent… BUT they were very badly bruised and both had broken bones. Mom had several ribs broken and lung bruised and some other lung issues. Dad had a broken sternum.  We did talk with several people from their church that had gone to see them and Kent’s sister had driven a stress-filled 5 hours to get to their bedside. She being a nurse(although not working presently) checked them out as thoroughly as she could. So they have a long way to recovery. But we are so grateful that God spared them.

Today was another day of phone calls and texts back and forth and they have had visitors today too. Mom is still in ICU and in quite a lot of pain. Dad is moving around a bit but also in pain.  So we are praying for God’s wisdom and guidance in all of this. LeAnn needs lots of prayer and encouragement as she is the only sibling able to be there at this point.

We have shared this request with several prayer chains besides mom and dad’s church’s. So we are grateful for all the prayers. A prayer warrior for me and good friend, Millie has given me for my birthday several years ago a great devotional book Called “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. This is an incredible book and the words are God inspired for me. Each time I read the entry for the day it applies so much to me. Allow me to quote the entry for today.

Learn to appreciate the difficult days! Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way. As you journey through rough terrain with Me, you gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything. This knowledge is comprised of three parts: your relationship with Me, promises in the Bible, and past experiences of coping successfully during hard times.

Look back on your life, and see how I have helped you through difficult days. If you are tempted to think, “yes but was then. and this is now,” remember who I AM! Although you and your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity. This is the basis of your confidence. In my Presence you live and move and have your being. 

Taken from Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 102:27, Acts 17:28

We would appreciate your prayers for them, Kent’s sister LeAnn and us too.  Thanks for caring!

Love from Jan for the Roaming Reimers

By the way, we were in Oklahoma when we received this news. Alycia and Slade Tennery of Rolling Retreats RV were so kind. We found out this couple are Christians. Thank you, Lord for where you placed us at this time. God Bless you Alicia and Slade!

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Visiting a Cousin

November 7, 2013

Kent and I drove from Kansas City, MO to Arkansas. We drove right by Branson, Missouri but didn’t stop this time. We have been there many times when we lived in KC. We did stop in Springfield and see friends that we had met in KC and that have moved. It was so fun to see D & K again.

Then we drove on down the road to Arkansas. We were our way to see a first cousin of Kent’s. We have not seen Gwen for over 30 years. It was so fun to see her again and meet her husband D. We had a great time together.

They have traveled a lot and we all have done missions trips so we had a lot in common. We enjoyed dinner and visiting on Saturday.

On Sunday we went to their church with them and they came and saw our RV house.

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Their church had a beautiful stained glass window in the front of the church.

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After lunch together they took us on a drive to see some of the town and countryside around.

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We also got a walk in and then had dinner together. Can you see the guys on the left hand side of the street. They were walking faster than me and Gwen.

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The trees are still very pretty in Arkansas.

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They both took good care of us. We sure enjoyed our time with them. We do hope they will come and see us somewhere along the road.

Thanks Cousin!

Love from Jan and The Roaming Reimers

Celebrating my birthday

November 5, 2013

Yes, because of two days of rain we decided to delay our leaving of Kansas City, Missouri and would do some things to celebrate my birthday in KC.

As I realized that we were staying put, I said I wanted to go to Denny’s for my Free Grand Slam Breakfast. While we were ordering one of my good friends from PA called to wish me a Happy Birthday. That was the start!

Because Denny’s had free wifi we sat and Kent got some work done while I searched for fun and free things to do. About 11 am we took off.It was still raining and so I suggested the free Art Museum. It is called the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I used to go there occasionally on their free Friday sponsored by Ford Motor Company. A number of years ago they went to an all free museum. Many more people come and enjoy all the beauty that is there now. check them out here. http://www.nelson-atkins.org/welcome/index.cfm

That was our second FREE item. We spent about 3 hours there. Here I am standing beside a beautiful bouquet in the front hallway. I do love flowers!!!

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I did get several calls while here to wish me a Happy Birthday as well and that was also nice. I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful paintings and other objects of art there.

Next we drove to the famous “Country Club Plaza”. Most people call it the Plaza.Here is the website. http://countryclubplaza.com/  Check it out.  It is an outdoor mall. Meaning that you have to go out of one store to go into another. It is beautiful all times of the year. It was still raining and so we drove around to see the shops from the car. I was not inclined to walk around in the rain, nor was Kent to get out and stroll. So we drove around instead.

Here are a few pictures of one of the main streets there. The rain kind of made it a bit hard to appreciate the beauty.

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Kansas City is known for lots of fountains. This one is near the Plaza and is often photographed.but usually on clear days. hah!

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Then we went on the Crown Center which is another upscale small mall connected to the Hallmark Card company’s headquarters. Here is their website too. http://crowncenter.com/   They also have a huge Crayola store and cafe there.

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Also well as a Legoland and store. And here is their website…it looked awesome but we needed to have our grandson Silas  with thus to enter the Legoland.. http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/kansascity/?gclid=CO_bzLn1zroCFY9FMgodnWgALg

Here I am with two huge Lego figures. almost as big as me…wow! that is a lot of Legos and putting them together must have taken days of work!!!

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We strolled around and I took several more calls for my Birthday. Our son and our daughter always call on our birthdays and we both try to catch up on what is happening in their lives too.

Finally we decided it was time to get something else to eat. We went to Olive Garden thinking that they sold my favorite dessert, Creme Brulee’.  I love this dessert. If you have never had it..here is the easy recipe. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/07/creme-brulee/ I love the way this woamn enjoys making it too. I guess that will be me since they didn’t have it..sad :<).

We still stayed and after dinner we split a chocolate cheesecake and I got some gourmet coffee. So here I am enjoying that.

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We did stop at a few stores too as I had some things to return. But all in all the day was a nice fun day. About 2 it stopped raining and so we were able to wait out the storm too.

It was a fun and mostly FREE Birthday! Thanks Kent for a wonderful day and to all my friends who wished me a Happy Birthday in person and on facebook too.

Next year will be a big one…guess we will have to look for something extra special for that one. Hah!

Love,
Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Catching up with friends in Kansas City, Missouri

November 4, 2013

We had our RV house parked in Kansas City, Missouri for 4 weeks! I can hardly believe it has been that long. We parked at the house of Larry and Teresa from the church that we attended when we lived here in Missouri. This picture was taken near sunset and so you can see the sun shining on our RV house too.

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 They have gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable here. They held a welcome party for us when we first arrived. Many of our friends were there. It was fun to start catching up with these dear people.

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 We have a good friend of our son’s, Patrick that we had not seen for 4 years. They have another child, a son since we last saw them. Their other kids were so grown up and then their little one was fun to meet. It was so good to see them all again.

Here he is with his sweet daughter.

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Amber was like an older daughter to us too. She married Heath and they have these two amazing kids. The young lady on the left is a Little Sister for them and was able to come along for the party. She was so sweet too!

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Our hosts had a garden which was our picture window view. They were glad to share end of season fresh tomatoes, peppers of all colors and kale. I cooked one day to have some tomato sauce. Yum!  We are still eating that sauce. Pretty picture too.

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You can see their earth contact home in the left hand side of the picture and his shop is the pretty red building.. But this was our view while we parked here. So nice!

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Here is a picture of Teresa and their son with his daughter. This is from another visit…but I didn’t get any pictures of Larry and Teresa so had to use this one. I like it too.

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We then flew to the Northwest for the two week trip there.

We got together with several friends. Here Trish and Paul and us had Steak…check out the horns on the back wall. I used to bowl with these guys and we always had  lots of fun together. This  picture was taken with the iphone and is a bit grainy. We still have a lot to learn about using our phone as a camera.

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We have been meeting up with friends daily if not several times a day to catch up with all the people that we could. Kent spoke in our former church on Sunday. We got to go to a concert where a Phil was the conductor.  That was so special too as he will soon be retiring. We often went to his concerts over the years. Phil also came and helped Kent buff the headlamp covers on our truck. Phil loves doing stuff like this and actually did this for our truck one before when we first got it. THANKS PHIL!

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I also got to have lunch with this dear friend..Debbie is my prayer partner for my  large family and I pray for hers too. Thanks Debbie for a nice long visit and prayer time together!

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We got to go to lunch with Dallas and Kaye. Here is a picture of us with them and Phil and Carol. Good friends.

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We had two couples over to our house for dinner which was really nice too.  And we had several good visits with our dear friend Aktar. She made us a very delicious dinner right before we left too. And sent the leftovers with us for “down the road” good eating!

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We had decided to leave on a certain day. It actually was my birthday. I was ready to move but didn’t want to spend my birthday that way…So God intervened. It rained for two days and nights. It was very soggy on the grass where we were parked. We were concerned that we might get stuck and would for sure tear up our friend’s lawn. SOOO we stayed put and I got to do all kinds of fun things for my birthday!!

So watch for the next blog about my birthday…

Love, Jan

For the Roaming Reimers