Kent’s parents and helping at their farm

We got some news a few weeks ago that Kent’s dad had a fall and broke his hip. He had emergency surgery to repair the hip and a few days later went to rehab and after only two 1/2  weeks was able to come home and is improving each day.

Here dad is at the rehab

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We already were planning on coming to Kent’s parents for about a month and were a bit delayed, but when Dad fell hired a RV towing company to tow us to their front yard. We have been here for a few weeks now.

Kent’s sister LeAnn was here with Kent’s parents and had to leave to go and finish a move of her own from one town to another about 200 miles. So she has been coming and going in between this moving. We are here to help with the folks as well. Taking mom to see dad and helping out in other ways too.

One of the first things we noticed when we arrived, was the trees that had partially come down in the back of the barn. There were three trees there that dad had asked us earlier this summer if we could help take down. Well, a wind storm hit the northwest about a week before we got to the folks house and took down the tops of several of those trees. One large branch fell onto the barn and Kent’s brother and sister helped by a man from mom and dad’s church with a large chainsaw got that off the roof. BUT it still looked like a war zone when we arrived.

There was a huge willow tree about 30″ across and perhaps 200 feet tall. You can see it was huge and I was so glad when it was on the ground as it had places that branches had come off before the storm too. Once on the ground then Bob, our friend from church went to work taking off limbs and cutting up the big stuff. the debris I piled on piles for the work day. In all it was at least two week of work. Bob would come for several hours a day and I worked almost all day. I sure did sleep well these two weeks.

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So Bob and I (jan) were getting ready for a big work day of people from mom and dad’s church. Bob, who knows about lumbering, fell all the trees. That ended up being 4 trees and some little ones too around the property.  I moved a lot of logs out of the way so the trucks etc could get to the places to work. There was a tree already half cut down and that was stacked behind this front pile of wood. Kent’s brother Ron and sister Leann had helped with that before we even got there. But you can see there was plenty to do for all of us.

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On the work day we rented a debris chipper for the day and Kent had put an ad online for anyone to come for chips. We chipped a lot of debris this day. Some of this also was from a trimming that Dad Reimer had done on their huge Maple tree in the front yard. That is Josh in the red shirt working a smaller log splitter with our friend Hans.

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Kent and a friend feeding the chipper. I even got to use that machine too. I liked that thing as it dealt with a lot of debris in quick order. Kent’s sister, LeAnn also got into the work too.

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All the workers that day, who wanted chips or wood got some. We also took three huge loads of wood to their church for anyone that needed some fire wood for winter. Who knows where all the stuff went but at the end of the day there was a small load of wood yet but otherwise all those trees were down and people will be kept warm from all that wood. What a long hard day of work but a good one. It was incredible to see all the help come out too. Thanks to all!

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Our son, Josh flew out from Michigan to see us and his grandparents and to help with this work day. I was soo encouraged by that. Kent has been having shoulder pain and was thinking it might be a rotator cuff tear. So he did some work but was a lot limited in what he could do.  So having Josh work alongside us was wonderful!!!

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And Josh did get to see some other special friends while here, Ed and Goldie Karber have been almost life long friends. Goldie is in a facility now but we still stopped in to see her  too.  What a wonderful son to fly all across the country to help with this big work day was awesome. THANKS Josh!

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There were about 14 people, lots of extra trucks, cars,chain saws, log splitters, and excavator and rakes etc…It was again like war zone until an area got cleaned up. BUT what a good day of work and what a blessing to us and mom and dad. It is still nice to look at what was such a mess and see how neat it looks now.

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Dad was still in rehab but he was getting stronger every day. He has been home now about a week and each day is improving more. He went for a half a  mile walk yesterday. We are so grateful for how he is improving and God is healing him. Mom Reimer has be doing so much to make it safer for dad and for him to be able to get around easier in the house.

Well, we are here for a few more days. We ask you to pray for mom and dad and the family.  We all need lots of wisdom in helping the folks to stay where they want to. THANKS!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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3 Responses to “Kent’s parents and helping at their farm”

  1. Audrey Ganz Says:

    Nice to hear that all is going well. I had email come in my junk from Jan Reimer. I didn’t open it because I didn’t think it was from you.

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • janmreimer Says:

      Audrey, good that you didn’t open it, as it wasn’t from me. I do hope that was a while ago as I did change my password twice since then. Good that you are vigilant about that.

  2. rrgift Says:

    Great Work you accomplished for your parents, for which they are so happy and thankful!

    Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2015 04:23:24 +0000 To: rrgift@msn.com

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