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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. https://vimeo.com/229232210

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

A wonderful visit

April 3, 2017

Our daughter Kara and  her 2 year old son Ivan came for a visit in March. It was about two weeks after our trip to the Philippines. We were so excited to see them both!  This is the third year they have visited us in March.

We could hardly wait to see Ivan again and to hug our daughter as well. It was fun watching Ivan and seeing how much he has grown since we saw him.  What a great time we had!

Kara had been to the Philippines while in college and so we had fun talking about all we each saw when there as well.  But the most fun was just being with this fun little boy. Yes, at the end of each day were we all tired, but next morning when he came down our steps saying “Grandpa, Get up,” who wouldn’t be glad that we could get up and have fun with him! And Kara too of course!

We went to the railroad park that had a small train and carousel to ride as well as a miniature train museum. We also went to the library for story time and books to read, a children’s heart museum, and our church to meet some of our dear friends.

We went to our pool daily where Ivan had a blast splashing grandpa while others were enchanted by him too! Also we got to do mini golf at our park and just walk around. Everywhere we went with Ivan he was so friendly that people would stop and talk with him, give him rides on their golf carts and even let him pick grapefruit from their trees. He loved it! He is such a friendly little boy and always looking to talk to someone.

Ivan also really enjoyed getting to sit in grandpa’s big fast truck and grandpa enjoyed showing it to him!

Here is a video showing some of the fun!:https://vimeo.com/211132399

Enjoy,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Family visits

October 7, 2016

The past few weeks have been busy. BUT the highlights are that we had two special visits. Both our daughter-in-law Teresa and grandson Silas came to visit and then a few weeks later our daughter Kara and Ivan came for a visit! We did miss our son! Josh and son-in-law Nick but the men had fewer days off but the girls came with their sons! We had two great visits. And as we were parked on Kent’s parents property, great grandma and great grandpa also had some visits too. I did mention before that Teresa and Silas were here for Kent’s parents 70th wedding anniversary.  And one picture here was of Silas and me having a movie night in our bedroom! Fun times!

Then Kara and Ivan flew in and we had a few more days to enjoy them. It was nice enough to even eat outside and so we did a few times. Ivan so enjoyed great grandpa’s farm and even found a bucket of water to play in. We had so much fun watching him explore and ” seeing” things from his shorter prespective too.  A walk always brought new discoveries for grandpa and grandma too. Some pictures of our adventures!

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We are blessed to have our children and grandchildren want to visit us and even fly to do it! All of these visits with our family are very special and we are very glad to be able to share their visits with Kent’s parents too this time!

We continue on down the road and you will have to watch for our further adventures.

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ministry Trip and helping family

August 15, 2016

Within less than 7 hours after getting home from PA, Kent and I were on a plane to Phoenix for a pastors conference. It was for three days and then we stayed on with friends and Kent spoke in our large SS class in the church we attend there,. It was fun to see several friends as well on such a short visit. We flew home and had a few days rest.

Then we packed up to drive to Kent’s parents place. We wanted to see his oldest brother and be of some help to him as he was doing several major projects around the folks property. We were there for 3 days of work. It was long and grueling days of work but I believe we were a help to him. He and another friend of ours had taken out the older mobile home that had been the home of Kent’s grandmother and great grandmother years ago. It had been falling down and needed to be cared for. So the two guys with the help of an excavator took it out. Then Ron wanted to place the folk’s recreational vehicle onto the same site with a cover over it and other ways to make it more accessible. When we left it, wasn’t done but further along.

You might wonder about Kent after his fall a short time ago. Well he did help but was careful to not do any of the really high work. I power washed the folks RV and then re-washed by hand with a solvotion that kills the mild, mildew and algae that had been growing it. We hope putting the RV under cover will help with this problem too. We also did other little jobs and I worked in the garden some too. Kent’s sister also was there for two days so the three siblings got to talk some as well!

We stayed with a dear friend of ours too! Ed turned 90 while we were on our trip to Phoenix so we had missed his birthday party…of about 170 people. So we took him out for some prawns which he loves! At the restaurant the waitress couldn’t believe he was that age…we can’t either! He is doing pretty good and is such a really special friend! He and his wife Goldie have been like another set of parents to us and grandparents to our kids! We just love him and Goldie so much! Goldie has Alztheimers and is being cared for in a great home. So she couldn’t be with us, as in many other times.

 

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It was a good and fast trip but we wanted to see his brother who doesn’t live around here. We will be moving our RV house there for about a month soon as well and we will be able to continue to do whatever will help them this fall.

We also got to see my oldest niece on our way back to our house. It was a great visit and none of us realized how the time flew until we decided to leave and wow it had been 4  1/2 hours ! A great visit! And since she is living in the NW now, we hope to see some more thus fall.

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We pray that you are well and seeing God at work in and through you today as well.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Ending our time in the SW and going to the NW

April 23, 2016

Yes, I can not believe how quickly these past few months have gone. We have been in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix for 6 months. Now it is time to go to the Northwest again. Some of this winter went very slow and some fast as these last few weeks have been.

Kent and I have been attending First Baptist church of Tempe and last week we joined it. We have been quite involved here this winter and hope it will increase in the fall when we return.

I met a young Brazilian lady  named Nayara at the ladies Bible Study. I was too excited as I went to her and attempted to use my Portuguese. She was very gracious. We did meet her husband and another couple as well. We all went to dinner together and I got to hear Felipe’s testimony of coming to Christ just recently. I was very encouraged that he shared it in Portuguese and I understood all of it. Yeah! We hope to see them more when we return as one of the couples is interested in serving the Lord.

 

We are now “on the road” and headed to Yakima, Washington for the summer. Yakima is in the south central part of Washington. They have tons of vineyards, orchards and other farming in the area. We look forward to getting to know some fellow believers and working with several churches there that are interested in having Kent come and help them. I am praying about how I can be of help too.

On our way we did stop to see Kent’s older uncle who has Parkinson’s and recently went into the Veterans’ home to be better cared of. It was great to see Uncle Mel and all the family that are in the area.This picture of Uncle Mel, wife Chris and Kent and I was taken in October when we visited them.

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Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

 

 

Another visit with Kara and Ivan

April 22, 2016

In early March, Kara and 16 month old Ivan came to visit us! We were very excited about their visit, and we had two great days with Kara. We got to go to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. I had gotten nearly free tickets for all of us, and they had a evening light show the Ivan enjoyed more.

But then……Kara came down with flu! she was so sick and we felt so badly. No pictures as that is unkind…

We kept Ivan occupied for several days for her to get better… but he got sick too.Ivan enjoyed grandma’s spaghetti and a ride in a golf cart!

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Kent had a one day of sickness and got cuddle Ivan while they both felt ill…and then I got sick too.

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Kara and Ivan were well enough to get on their plane home.

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Even with all of the sickness we still had a great time together and look forward to the next visit with them.

Here Ivan’s checking out his reflection on grandpa’s truck. He is at the curios stage of life and sees fun in everything. And then taking a bath in our sink. Fun times.

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Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Ministry trips and family visits

March 1, 2016

January 14th saw us once again on a plane flying to the Northwest for a city wide missions event. It is always a pleasure to go to Mission Connexion but this year even more so. We had two days of non stop visiting with people interested in serving God in some way as a missionary. We had some great conversations and many prayers while trying to help those seeking to serve. Here Kent is listening to a young missionary to be.

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Thankfully we did have some co-workers that also were there to help. We are grateful for these conferences where God allows us to impact more people to join the missionaries worldwide.

After the conference we had decided to stay in the Northwest and drive to see Kent’s parents for a short visit. On our way to mom and dad’s house, we also got in a quick visit over dinner with Kent’s sister and husband as well as a lunch with some new friends also.

Mom and dad were doing pretty well, although there were several things we helped them with. Knowing me, you probably aren’t surprised that I went outside to the garden and other outdoor chores as Kent helped with inside jobs. We also got to stay with an old friend Ed and visited his wife in a nursing home too. We left mom and dad after two days to visit a first cousin on our way to our next stop.

 

 

 

We flew to Denver to be at WorldVenture’s Annual Renewal conference. This is held in January and is 2 days of prayer and a day with Bible teaching and worship, and the president speaks explaining  where we as a mission are heading. Then there were some seminars to help our missionaries deal with their lives and ministries abroad. It was a busy and almost non stop week but so good.

Another blessing is the we get to stay with our daughter and family during this time. Kara and Nick are always hospitable and we adored having a chance to see Ivan if only a little in the mornings. He was usually  in bed by the time we returned. So we did arrive the weekend before and stay the weekend after. We did get to celebrate Kent’s birthday with them while visiting Kara and Nick and Ivan. Ivan liked it as he clapped his hands for grandpa. Hah!

This year Kara and Nick were able to arrange a marriage retreat for the weekend after our conference..so guess who got to babysit Ivan? Yes, grandma and grandpa and we all had a blast!  Ivan did look around their house for mom and dad but then settled down to just grandpa and grandma. I think he was very glad to see mommy and daddy when they returned on Sunday afternoon too.

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So God really blessed us on this trip! We are always grateful for any time to spend with our family. And little Ivan was just so adorable and fun! He truly is our “gift from God” as his name means.

Gratefully yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Summertime ministry in Oregon and a wonderful Special visitor

August 21, 2015

We got to spend the last several months in Central Oregon. We parked at a campgrounds and also at a church. Both places were fun and good and had advantages.

We loved parking where there are trees and cool breezes but at the campground it was hard to get work done, as people randomly would stop and chat, thinking that we were either on vacation or retired…Nice, but made it hard for Kent to get office work done.

Scenery from our window at the campground.

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So after two weeks we moved into town. A church there allowed us to park on their back parking lot. Kent was able to connect with several churches in the area. He spoke at one to several difference groups and we also connected in another one there. For the short time God really opened doors for ministry.

I got to help the church where we parked out with their landscaping for a month.  I did enjoy that too

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A few of the other bushes and areas that I cleaned up. It was fun!

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We flew to Arizona for a week for a pastor’s conference. We got to see our dear friends there after the conference. Her I am with Darlene but we also saw her husband Wayne and Don and Kathy. We all had lunch together and then played games all Sunday afternoon. Both of these two couples are a part of a small group that we have been a part of for the past 7 winters. We love them and do miss them when we are gone. We re so grateful for these kinds of friends in our Roaming lifestyle! The picture of the mountain is from that trip. Sometimes you are flying at the right time…Mt Hood as we flew into Portland, Oregon.

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When we came back from that trip we moved back to the campground because some newer friends, Dwain and Debbie were coming to camp with us. We all own the same type of rig and truck and so seem to become friends quite easily. We have been friends for about 6 years now. We “find” each other whenever we are close by and at least do lunch or something together.  This time we were together for over a week. Neat! In fact I think they came to camp with us and see a new area of the country too.

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We got to do a bunch of things together. A Farmers Market, a car show in town and several other things. It was fun catching up and seeing the new things they have done on their travels and in their rig too.  we are always learning form each other. Dwain had two surgeries in the past year and so seeing him doing so well was good!  Kent has recently had a lot of shoulder pain too, so they both had understanding for the others’ pain. We played games together and just had lots of fun being together.

The second week, our grandson Silas was coming for a visit. He flew alone as an Unaccompanied Minor for the first time! Grandma did a lot of praying for him too.  He flew to Colorado first and visited his aunt Kara, Uncle Nick and Ivan. Then flew again to us for a few days. Debbie allowed us to use her truck to go and get Silas from the airport. That was so kind of her.

We had such fun with Silas and our friends did too. They enjoyed him so much and his sense of humor. It was like having four grandparents instead of two. Debbie made sure Silas didn’t get sunburnt…applying Spray sunscreen. Grandma and grandpa played with him in the pool.

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We went swimming together every day and also tubed on the small river near us.When we tubed there was another family that went with us. Here we are waiting to be picked up but still in the water to stay cool. Silas is in the blue shirt/

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And every night we all played “Mexican train” a game played with dominoes and another game called Greedy. Silas beat us all several times and was a good sport when he didn’t.

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It was such fun and Silas loved every minute and grandma and grandpa too. The days flew by.

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The last day Silas was with us we said goodbye to Dwain and Debbie as we moved the rig into the city. He loved that.  He got to see the take down of our house and packing for moving…and then the driving and setting up again.

As grandpa was adjusting things I got this picture. He was very excited!! He got to sit in this seat for most of the trip.

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Here is a picture of him first watching the scenery going by and then taking a nap on the bunk…yes that is a net keeping him him safe while he sleeps.

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He is growing up so fast that he had questions about new things that he never asked before. So we can certainly see how grown up he is now. And after all he flew in a plane all over the place now. Wow!

When we got to town. Kent’s sister and her grown son met us for dinner. So here is a picture of them.

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The night before Silas left us…one last picture on my lap and a picture of him enjoying his new truck that he had bought with his own money. Cute too.

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I took him to the airport at 3:30 am for his early flight. He did so well and after I saw the plane in the air…I prayed until I heard from his mom that he was safely with her again. But it was a wonderful visit!!! Thanks coming for a visit Silas!!!  Grandma and Grandpa think you were very brave to come on the airplane by yourself!!! We do hope you will come many more times to be with Grandma and Grandpa..

Love to all,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers