Archive for the ‘Family visits’ Category

Visiting family and helping Kent’s parents

January 24, 2018

 

Next we flew from Denver to Seattle and were kindly given a nice place to sleep with Kent’s first cousin and his wife. We love these guys and try to see them whenever we can… we slept and then had a relaxing breakfast visiting as much as we can!

We also were able to have a lunch with my oldest niece, Jana. It is always good to see her too. She lives near Seattle now but I never know where she might be next. She was just about to fly to a warm place for her birthday! So we were glad to catch her before she left.

Then we stopped to have coffee and visit with Kent’s sister, LeAnn and her husband, Ken. It is hard to catch Ken when he isn’t working as he is most of the time. But it was great to catch up for a couple of hours.

Then we drove on to see Kent’s parents. It was great to see them doing so well. We were there to help in any way we could.

In the winter because it is a bit cold to stay in mom and dad’s RV on their property. So we stay with our dear friend, Ed. Ed was Kent’s Sunday school teacher when Kent was 10 years old. So we love he and his wife, Goldie like parents too! It is always good to see Ed and visit Goldie too. Goldie is in a wonderful home for Those that need more care than can be given at home. She is in late stage Alzheimer’s but is well cared for. Ed visits her at least 3 times a week. We also got to visit her and she even seemed to be listening to Kent and tried to talk to him. It was a good visit with Goldie and also Ed in the evenings.

So Monday and Tuesday, Kent helped his parents go to a Drs appointment pick up prescriptions, pick up food and other little errands for them. Me, I wanted to stay and work outside as the weather cooperated. We had done so much trimming of bushes etc in the fall when we were there..now it had been raining enough to allow for burning brush.. so dad and I started it..we had about ten piles of brush.. after lunch I really started piling it on… by dark most of the brush was burnt.. and when I looked at my phone and saw how many steps I had from that exercise…it added up to 5 miles of feeding that fire! No wonder my feet were tired at the end of that day!

Tuesday I gathered leaves and other outside chores that needed to be done. We also took recyling to the center. So I helped outside and Kent did the other tasks needed. LeAnn, Kent’s sister came on Tuesday and Kent and she got to visit some too! Mom even made lunch for us and that is something at 93.

We also got to visit Kents niece and her husband that were married this past summer. It is always good to see them too!

It was a good visit overall!  Watch for the rest of our adventures!

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Love and May God Bless you,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping our daughter and family

January 22, 2018

Our daughter Kara, husband Nick and 3 year old Ivan had recently moved out of their condo where they lived for 11 years. They lived temporarily for 6 weeks and then moved into their new to them house. They first moved into the basement so the painter could do his job for two weeks. Then they had started to actually settle into their house. We came to help that process. Also Kara and Nick had a bunch of projects for Kent to do.

We started by helping to get their beds into their bedrooms. And for our Christmas we all went to the National Western Stock Show and the Mexican Rodeo. It was fun seeing all the animals with them and especially with Ivan and watching the rodeo. Ivan was mesmerized with all the different acts. It was such fun doing this together!

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Then we got busy doing stuff around the house.. Kent and Kara tackled a new vanity and mirror for their master bath, fixing a laminate floor, putting in under sink water filters, fixing all kinds of little problem areas too! I don’t even know all the jobs that Kent and Kara did. I tried to entertain Ivan and work in food and once in a while I got to work on washing windows! It was a busy and fun week and lots got done!

Ivan and I even went to a story time at a local Chick-fila. That was such fun too.

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Our last full day we first helped get the stuff from their community garden area. Kara had done a garden there for years so now she will be able to have one at their house.

Then they treated us to a very special meal at a wonderful restaurant called “The Melting Pot”. It is a fondue restaurant and Kara and Nick treated us to a four course meal. It was fun and delicious. Ivan did great even as it went about 3 hours, as we went for a mid day meal. We enjoyed the leisurely meal and afterwards walked around Littleton a bit as it was still before sunset. What a nice way to end the work week.

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We had a hard time leaving though as Ivan kept telling us to Stay! How very sweet! We will see them again soon!

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Our Christmas

January 6, 2018

Kent and I started our Christmas with Ivan helping to put up our Christmas tree and lights when they were visiting over Thanksgiving. That was fun as we seldom get to do that together in their house or ours.

We also had a very nice time at our church with our friends. While Kara and Ivan were here we went to see our Pastors’ “Walk to Bethlehem” which tells the story of Jesus birth in panels and audible story telling in our pastor’s backyard. Also their street was all decorated for Christmas! Our Sunday School class had a wonderful Christmas party complete with the White Elephant gift exchange.

We then flew to Michigan to be with Josh, Teresa and Silas. We stayed at Teresa’s sister home for two nights. I helped some of the kids make some cookies and then all of them got to icing the ones they wanted to. That was fun!

Then we house sat for another sister in their large comfortable home. Josh had taken off several days before the holiday and they allowed Silas to have off one day too while we were there. Teresa worked until Christmas Eve Day. We had a great time talking, eating, cooking, walking twice in the pleasant weather and we all went with Teresa’s parents and a nephew to dinner and the Star Wars movie! That was fun!

Saturday before Christmas Kent and I, took Josh, Teresa and Silas to a concert of TranSiberian Orchestra. We first went to eat at a very delicious Mediterranean restaurant then to the concert! We had heard their music for years but didn’t really know how the concert would be. We were in a brand new arena and in the nosebleed section… when we arrived to find our seats… Silas and I felt a bit dizzy at first! But once things started it was fine! We enjoyed it but were very glad that someone had suggested ear plugs as we adults all used them and heard just fine! The lights, music and pyrotechnics was amazing! I liked that they told a nice Christmas message along with the pop rock music. The light show was phenomenal and Silas afterwards said he liked the “Spaghetti lights the best!” It was a nice evening! We were surprised that even though their name says orchestra… there were few real orchestra players… but they sounded like an orchestra! Interesting experience! After the concert Josh walked us around the downtown a bit as he works in one of the buildings nearby. It was full of all kinds of people and we even stopped for a drink at a small cafe. All in all it was a wonderful evening together.

Christmas Eve day we all were off and had a special breakfast of cheese blintzes with strawberry and blueberry fruit topping. Delicious! We then played a card game and watched the snow softly flying outside. It only accumulated 5 inches and was very dry, so no snow ball making. Silas went out to make a snow angel though. We did go to Teresa’s father’s church for Christmas Eve service. That was nice as several of Teresa’s family were there. Afterwards we went back to Teresa’s parents for a bit of a snack and to visit some.

We left Christmas Day to fly back to Phoenix. Getting home on Christmas evening was very nice! For New Year’s Eve we had a neighbor couple over for snacks and games. So that was our Christmas …praying that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and Friends!

Please look at this video link for more pictures.

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love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Thanksgiving

December 12, 2017

After the trip to Yosemite we took off and headed towards Arizona. We arrived on November 15th. Our daughter Kara and Ivan were already in Phoenix staying at her sister-in-law’s house. So a few days after arriving,  they came to visit us! It was a pleasure to see Ivan on his 3rd Birthday! We all ate at a Mediterranean restaurant… which Ivan loves too!

We had a blast having them with us and as Ivan remembered the pool and it was an extra hot November, we did enjoy the pool almost every day. Kara had borrowed a bike and all our neighbors were fond of watching Ivan go scooting around on his bike! Sometimes us adults had a hard time keeping up! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday there were a few other children in our park and Ivan soon had some friends that came on their bikes..

On Thanksgiving, Kara’s sister-in-law and husband invited us to join with the family at their house. Nick’s dad was also in town. I made three kinds of pies and potatoes and we enjoyed a delicious dinner together. It was fun afterwards to bounce a bit with the kids on the trampoline in their backyard.

Friday,  Nicks dad and neices ,two little girls came for lunch and to swim. On Saturday we hosted everyone with swimming and lunch. So it was a busy but fun time.

Nick left on Sunday to go back to work and Kara and Ivan stayed on and we enjoyed the pool somemore. We also went to Ikea one morning, and the wonderful Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Ivan loved the model railroads the most! We also went to see our pastor’s “ Walk to Bethlehem” and their streets lights. Ivan really enjoyed that too. And Kent and I just enjoyed being with them doing whatever.

I enclose a few pictures…

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but check out the videos below as they  show the extent of our fun! Click on the links.

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love,

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 visit to a Yak farm

September 5, 2017

Yes, a Yak farm. Until recently I couldn’t have told you what a Yak was but… now I know. I have a cousin…Patti and her husband that live on the Olympic Peninsula here in Washington for several years now. Steve has a job that he can do a lot of it from a home office. His wife Patti  is the daughter of a first cousin of mine. They own about 20 acres and first got some goats…and chickens but eventually got some Yaks and are raising them and they do sell some as well. When we told my neice Jana about going to the Yak farm she wanted to come too. Patti is a cousin of hers too! So we all enjoyed the farm!

Patti gave us the grand tour around the farm. They also have Pygora goats, two Alpacas, chickens and ducks and some dogs. Now Patti as showed us around she also told us a lot of about Yaks… They raise Yaks as apparently they have a nicer temperament than beef but you can eat the meat, you can use the hair for fiber in several ways and you can also use their milk. So very versatile. Patti glows when she talks about her animals and calls them by name and uses, animal heathy “cookies” to coax them to come and see us. We could see that they were a little reluctant to come to clos to us at first but eventually even Jana was able to feed a mother Yak,  a cookie.

It was a fun time meeting these interesting animals and seeing my cousin doing so well.  I praise God for how He has lead Patti and Steve to do this and to love the farm life that they wanted to do. May God continue to encourage you both and give you much wisdom in dealing with these interesting animals.

Click on link  for more pictures :  https://vimeo.com/232461819

Love,

jan com the Roaming Reimer’s

 

My neice Jana comes for a visit

September 1, 2017

Jana is my oldest neice and in fact is only 10 years younger than me, she is the oldest child of my oldest brother,  he is 12 years older than me. I used to babysit for her and her brother and hung out with her mom a lot.

Jan(prounoiced Jay-nah) has always had a special place in my heart. Her birth made me an aunt for the first time! She has been quite adventurous and has come to visit our family in Indiana, Kansas City, Missouri, Pennsylvania of course, and now she also has been living in an RV full time for 4-5 years and she came to visit us in Arizona and now also in Washington. We never know where the next place we will meet up. So we have been able to see her several times this summer. She even came to see our family in Birch Bay a few weeks ago.

She came to see where we are parked now back in May. And because she lives about 3 hours away and had to drive through Seattle traffic…our hosts/and friends had offered for her to stay the night. She did that a few weeks ago and decided to come again A few weeks ago.  She was hoping for good weather and that Mt Rainier would be out..it had been hidden for over two weeks with smoke from the fires burning in British Columbia, Canada that weather had pushed south.

So Jana came again and we had a nice visit. The first evening Mt Rainier was hiding behind clouds…so we talked her into staying another night. So Saturday she and I took off to go to Olympia to the Farmers Market. That was fun but the highlight of the morning was finding the …Tumwater park along the … river. It was a beautiful walk along the edge of the river and seeing the tall evergreens and the falls and the history of the area.

After that… we looked up and there was a clear view of Mt Rainier so we decided to get Kent and drive to the top. Jana had to drive so we could all fit in one car..as our Smart car is only for two passengers.

It was awesome.. we had good views and enjoyed the ride up the mountain. We stoped for dinner and then continued on. I have a lot of pictures, you will have to check out the video to appreciate all we saw! Thanks Jana for driving, so we three could enjoy this together!

 

Check out the video:  https://vimeo.com/232040678

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

 

 

Our family together!

August 12, 2017

 

We  love anticipating and planning for our family to get together. This summer another neice got married, this time in Washington state near Kent’s parents. So it gave us the opportunity of seeing our neice’s wedding and mom and dad Reimer as well.

So we rented a house in Birch Bay near a beach for our two grandsons to play at the beach.  It had enough room for all of us and it was close to the beach.

 

We picked up everyone at the airport but three hours apart so Kara, Ivan and Silas came first. Silas had spent a few days with Kara, Nick and Ivan in Denver. Silas flew with Kara and Ivan to Seattle. So we went for food and then to a park waiting for Josh and Teresa to arrive. Nick had to work until Friday and would be joining us then.

After we got everyone, we drove back to where our RV house is parked and our friends, Bruce and Melody allowed our family to stay in their guesthouse for one night. That was so nice and that also gave all of them a chance to get to know one another a bit. Bruce and Melody had also allowed us to use their minivan to get around in. What a treat!

So we took off driving to Birch Bay and since this minivan was equipped with a DVD player, we watched and listened to and sang along with the Sound of Music video. It was fun and reminiscent of our kid’ childhood a bit.  We had wonderful sunny weather and could see Mt Rainier and Mt Baker as well as all the other mountains along the way. It was fun just to be together and hear our adult children talking and all in the same place for a time! We were our son in law Nick but knew he’d be coming soon!

We checked into our house and then went to the beach..it was only a short walk. It is a tidal beach so twice in 24 hours you have a lot of watered high tide and twice you have low tide. So it was fun watching the boys play in the stones and looking for shells and rocks and clams. Kent even fried up clams and Ivan especially enjoyed them.

Our rental also had a Xbox with video games so we also enjoyed playing them as well.  It was fun to see how hard it was to bowl, race cars etc on this game. Fun watching Silas and Ivan playing it too!

We had a few days to enjoy each other and we saw our dear friend Ed K who lives in the area. Ed is like another grandfather to our kids. My neice, Jana came for a visit too. She had not seen our son and family for 10 years.

We had family events and the wedding to attend so that is in the next blog.

Check out this video for lots of fun pictures:

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Another great family time!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our niece’s wedding and family times

August 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Kent’s neice Amanda got married and that was the reason we all got together in Washington. The outdoor wedding was on Saturday afternoon at a park. They had their two greyhound dogs and two cats as their attendants and had friends be their people handlers. Amanda even walked down the aisle with her dog. I think there was a rabbit there too but I didn’t get to see him.

Amanda and Reggie got married and afterwards we sat around visiting family and some of her friends. Amanda was 15 when aggressive bone cancer was found in her. She had to have a strong protocol and was able to not only survive but here a little more than ten years later she is getting married. It was a special day in many ways.

Kent’s family did have a bunch of get togethers. His brother Glen’s family hosted two family times at their rented house. Kent’s sister hosted two gatherings a their condo’s  community room. And we also got to stop by Kent’s parents place for a visit and a look at the gardens.  Glen’s family and Ron and Jan, Kent’s oldest brother and wife  had done a bunch of weeding in the garden and around the house. I was grateful for that as it is something I have done for them for years but this year I can not.

It was a special time to be with Amanda and Reggie and to see the a lot of the rest of the family too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoy this video with lots more pictures and some videos:

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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