Archive for October, 2017

My birthday

October 31, 2017

Yes, I had a Birthday this week!. I usually look forward to my birthday and Kent and I find fun things to do that the birthday person gets free…such as a free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s restaurant…all you have to do is show them your Identification.. also Red Robin restaurant if you are a part of the rewards program..you will get an email saying your will get a gourmet burger and fries for any time during your birthday month..Nice!

There are many other offers but since I knew we had to be moving our RV house this year I didn’t look for free offers.  So this year we had to travel on my birthday and that is usually busy enough.. we had to get to central California by Thursday for a marriage retreat that we are doing for the weekend… yes, we are the main speakers.. it is a bit scary as we have never done anything like this.  I will tell you more about that later..

So, when I looked ahead to my birthday, I was a bit depressed… you ask Why? Well, this year with my cancer diagnosis…kind of made a difference and also because of my four siblings that died of cancer, all before they were my new age! So, it sort of feels a little scary to start this year knowing that my siblings all died within two years of their cancer diagnosis..

Don’t get me wrong… I feel good right now and I have a good prognosis… but at times thoughts come into our heads even when we have lots to look forward too!

So, as I shared with Kent…he realized that I was feeling a little blue.. so on my birthday he bought me a dozen roses and a beautiful birthday card! What a sweet husband.. as he knew that I needed a little “lift”…. I am so glad for this man! It turned out to be a nice birthday after all!

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Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ministry, visiting Friends and team meetings while enjoying the fall colors and cool weather!

October 31, 2017

After being with mom and dad Reimer we had work to do. First, was Seattle Missions Fest for Friday and Saturday. Mission Fest was fun and plenty of people coming to talk about missions. Kent had a seminar which was well attended. Our co-worker Ginny came to help out at the booth. We also got to have dinner with a couple applying to the mission. Kent has been working with Kyle and Jeannie for several years now and they were very excited to be starting on the process to join WorldVenture. Melody and Bruce our friends where we stayed this summer came to visit and have dinner with us too. So it was a full two days.

We parked our RV house on the Church’s property where Mission Fest was held, sooo we knew we had to get out of the way. We also had to get to Portland and get the RV settled in a RV park because Kent was flying early Monday morning to Chicago!  We did just that and God gave us nice sunny weather for this drive.. as we pulled off the highway we could see a beautiful view of Mt Hood.

We got settled and Kent flew to Chicago for meetings with his team. I(Jan) stayed in Portland. I wanted to visits some special lady friends and it worked out. I first got to see Joan, who was the friend that went with me to Victoria, British Columbia in June. I also got to visit with her husband Peter. It was great to see both of them and we all enjoyed a beautiful fall day where we were able to sit outside on their deck.

Next day I got to visit Rachel my friend for many years now. Her husband was traveling so it gave us a long visit. Rachel also has had cancer and so we could relate on that level too. Rachel and my birthdays are a day apart and since our husbands wer3 not home to cook for..I suggested that we eat out. We went to “The old Spaghetti Factory!” Delicious food and wonderful company.. as Rachel’s daughter was able to go with us! So sweet!

Then I had one day to rest and Kent came back on Thursday. He had a great trip and good meetings with the other team members. We got some work done on the retreat that we have coming up. We also got to visit Brad and Sara and their three beautiful sons. Kent and I have known and coached Brad and Sara for several years. They are appointees with WorldVenture but have had some serious “bumps” in the road. Brad had tongue cancer about a year ago…  and God has healed him in some miraculous ways!!  Sara had twin boys that were born early and had multiple health issues…but as you can see in this picture they all are looking good now. Big brother Cameron was quite proud of his brothers too! . It was such a treat to see them and their family. We praise God for this sweet family and look forward to how God is going to use them in Spain.

On Saturday we drove through pouring rain most of the way to central Oregon. We again parked on a unused parking lot of a church. We were able to go to church in the morning. This is a church where we may be able to minister with them next summer, so we were trying to figure it out by visiting them and Kent meeting several people in leadership!

Sunday afternoon, we again went down the road…driving in sun and only a couple hundred miles to a town near Roseburg, Oregon. We parked in a small RV park and settled in for the week. We are here to visit some dear friends. Our co-worker Doug and we had lunch together on Monday morning. Doug was going Elk hunting so we wouldn’t see him again… On Tuesday we had lunch with Phil and Jeannie. We have known Phil and Jeannie since the days when we lived in Juneau, Alaska in 1981-82. It is always fun to see them. We got to see them a bit more through the week.

The RV park we are in is so close to the forest that we have a lot of wildlife that wanders through the Paarl at all times of day. I thought it quite brazen of the wild turkeys to come through as it is getting close to Thanksgiving…

We spent the week here doing more preparations for the marriage retreat which next weekend where we are main speakers. We worked on the PowerPoint so that we can send it ahead.

So soon we will be going down the road again… hold on for more adventures. I work hard on these videos and wondered whether you enjoy them.. if you watch it will you let me know.. just hit reply and I will see it. Thanks for your help!

Just Click on the link for a short video of our adventures:

https://vimeo.com/240411358

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping at Kent’s parents

October 20, 2017

We were parked at mom and dad’s small farm for five weeks. Our time started out with Kent preaching at mom and dad’s church. He did a great job! Mom and dad were so proud of him. Our dear friend Ed Karber also came to hear him and my neice Jana. It was the first time Jana had ever heard him speak!

Since we do come to work around the farm, dad had some ideas what he wanted done. There were bushes to trim, trees to trim and even the grape arbor… the plum tree and the grape arbor were the last week as we had to first help harvest the crops. The plums weren’t as big of a crop as last year but the grapes were another good harvest.

After having lots of fruit canned when we left last year..I decided to buy fruit to can. So I bought peaches, pears and apples and canned them to my hearts content. With a good grape harvest I also made some grape jelly for us and for mom and dad. We also harvested the squash that are excellent for pies or breads etc. so I baked the one dad gave to me and froze mine…whatever I had not used to make a pumpkin soup that is. So besides the outside work, I was busy canning too. We are so grateful for the harvest and whatever Kent’s parents are willing to share with us. They also share a lot with the local food bank and other various friends that stopped by or that we shared the extra green beans etc.  It is fun to see how much joy the folks get out of sharing from their garden.

We also hosted Kent’s sister, her husband and her daughter and new husband with mom and dad for dinner one night. It was fun to be able to help and be there to take them to the Drs, stores, and even the YMCA and to several other outings. It was a blessing being there.

Click here for pics of our projects:  https://vimeo.com/238416428

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

A trip to South Dakota

October 10, 2017

A few weeks ago…. we took a trip to South Dakota. But this time we didn’t move our rig, we flew! Yes to Rapid City, South Dakota to do some necessary business. Then we played tourists!

So we first went to see Mount Rushmore at the National Park site. I was excited to use my newly acquired Senior Park Pass, as I was finally old enough to get one. Until the end of August they were only $10 for a lifetime of visiting any national park in the US. Sooo we couldn’t pass up that bargain! But this national park doesn’t cost to get in…only to park.

We walked around the national park and then watched the video explaining how it was built. Fabulous and so difficult to get it done. It took 14 years to build and was fraught with many obstacles along the way. And near the end of the project the main sculptor died and his son who had been working with him all along, finished it.  Mt Rushmore celebrated its 75th year last year in 2016. Here is a link with some interesting facts about it:https://matadornetwork.com/trips/75-surprising-facts-mount-rushmore/

We really enjoyed the monument and walking around…I even had some famous ice cream with the recipe from President Jefferson. Of course they sell it right there at the monument!

Then we drove on to Custer State Park. Learn more here:http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/parks-monuments/custer-state-park

Kent had heard this was a great drive and also good for seeing lots of wildlife. Apparently they have a round up of their herd of buffalo once a year, we missed it by one week! Oh well! We did have an wonderful drive through beautiful scenery and saw lots of bison, some deer and antelope and lots of wild donkeys. We also took about a two mile hike through a forested area and then a meadow. It was up hill and down hill and we enjoyed it. I had to stop a few times to rest as the elevation was higher and I just haven’t quite fully recovered from my cancer surgery yet. But it was a great time!

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At the end of the day we were in Keystone and found a nice place to eat a Bison steak! That was delicious and we met some interesting people. It is always kind of hard for us to answer the first question people ask you…”Where are you from.” So it often sparks more conversation because of our answer , “in a RV “. That wasn’t a full day.

So we had almost another whole day before we flew back to Seattle..so the next day we headed out to Sturgis, South Dakota. It is most known for the largest motorcycle rally in the world. Of course we had to check out the museum and local Harley Davidson store. So lots of pictures of that in this video.

We also had enough time to check out Fort Meade in South Dakota and drive around the area there too. I hope you enjoy our little trip to South Dakota. We did!

Click here to see a video with lots of pictures:Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park: https://vimeo.com/237678695

Another video of Sturgis, South Dakota…motorcycle city of the world:https://vimeo.com/237679520

love,

jan for the roaming Reimer’s