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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.

https://vimeo.com/247011279

https://vimeo.com/247015515

 

love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

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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 with Kent’s parents to a Heritage museum

September 28, 2017

We had heard about a new museum in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada… so we asked mom and dad about it and they wanted to go. And they said yes, so we went last week. It was a short drive to the border and the museum also. We did get tod rive through some of the beautiful farm country of th Fraser Valley and that was an extra bonus.

This museum was built by a Canadian Mennonite who wanted to allow other generations to know what their ancestors went through to get to have the freedom and heritage they have. Kent’s dad’s family heritage is also Mennonite and so we were all very interested. The museum didn’t charge and there was a very nice docent who could answer a lot of questions and after an hour or so even got us a wheelchair  for dad to sit in while we read all the information and history that was on the walls.

There is a LOT to read but all very interesting. There was also some interactive interviews on a computer screen. Also very interesting to “hear” these people’s memories of what they went through coming to America. Most of the people that came to that part of Canada came later than dad’s relatives but there was lots of history that was the same. Very interesting!

We all read read and looked around for several hours and then it was a good time for lunch so we went to a local family style restaurant that had some historic kartifacts of its own. Lunch was good and it was good to sit for awhile.

Then we asked mom and dad if they wanted to go back and they said yes… so we did and we stayed another couple of hours until they were closing about 4 pm. The museum also had a whole area of books written by and about the Mennonite’s history and their struggles in coming to this continent. Also about their contributions, not only in farming, which is great but in all levels of society. It was most interesting for me to see how they were some wonderful and gifted artists among the Mennonites while they lived in the Netherlands.

There was also a floor that was entirely made up of achives of records of the mennonites. This was only available with permission to research your family tree. We weren’t up to that on this day but Kent’s mom has traced dad’s family back pretty far from sources on the American side. And they have met some of the people that were pictured at this museum too!

Once in the car, we drove past one of the Christian Colleges that the Mennonites had started in British Columbia..and Kent had been recommending for years. We thought we wanted to see what the campus looked like. Nice!

It was a wonderful and informative day and we were tired after that. So we drove back to America and our homes. Mom and dad seemed to really enjoy this outing too! Kent and I surely did too!

Check out more pictures here:https://vimeo.com/235853224

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:

https://vimeo.com/229232210

Another great family time!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Memorial Day weekend

June 13, 2017

We had not seen mom and dad Reimer since we moved to Seattle area. So we decided to go there to help around the farm for the extended weekend. Kent took off a few days so we could be there a bit longer and not have to drive in the holiday traffic. On our way we had breakfast with Kent’s cousin Denny and Jeri and caught up with them a bit. Then we took our time driving as  it was an absolutely beautiful day, we enjoyed the scenery along the way.

We had a full two days trying to get all the things dad and mom needed done. Dad was planting his garden and Kent’s sister had helped with planting corn and beans and some other things.   I could help with planting,  although I can’t work as long as I used to… so I had to rest a bit each day. But Dad plugged along and what I couldn’t help with, Kent did. So we got the garden planted. Isn’t that amazing at almost 96, dad still insists on planting a garden. They eat a lot of it and give some of it to friends and family. But dad does take a lot of it to the food bank just a mile down the road. He told me he’d already given 70lbs of rhubarb to the food bank.  Anyway we got that done and lots of trimming and Kent even fixed some things that needed done too. So by Sunday we were ready to rest!

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We had seen our dear friend Ed, and also had dinner with our neice Amanda as well. It was good to see these precious family and friends.

Sunday, we took mom and dad to church and then to eat at mom’s favorite Chinese restaurant. Then we took them back to their place to rest and Kent and I met my oldest neice Jana at the “Ski to Sea” event in Bellingham. Here is the link to explain this fun experience. We could not get there to see the first place winners but we did see some 40 teams cross the finish line. I have always wanted to go to this event and we would have tried out the food but we had already eaten with mom and dad…another time. But we had fun chatting with Jana and catching up a little on her life. We are planning on seeing her again this summer too!

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On Memorial Day there is a beautiful ceremony to remember all service men and women at Green Acres Memorial Garden. Their website for more information:http://festivalofflags.org/

It is another thing that I  have wanted to do this year. So the whole family decided to do that as well. It was fun! They had a concert with several artists and then the beautiful and moving ceremony. They call it the “Festival of flags” as they place over 1,800 flags in the cemetery that were given to the relatives of someone who had served our country and now had died( not necessarily in the line of duty). These flags are then donated to the Memorial Garden and a flagpole also so that they can be flown on Memorial Day. It is beautiful!

I have two brothers and two nephews who have served our country and who have passed away and are buried in the same military cemetery in my home state.  I still have one brother who served that is still living. So I really like these kinds of ceremonies especially Memorial Day or July 4th.

A few pics:

 

I have put together a video because I had a wonderful song that was sung that I loved. Please go here for more pictures of this patriotic event. https://vimeo.com/221528471?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

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

 

 

Ministry trip to NW and Denver

March 27, 2017

In January we flew to the Northwest for a ministry trip. Since we were so close we took the time to visit Kent’s parents and another dear friend, Ed! We also got to see Kent’s sister and his first cousins. It was a very quick trip as we only had two days with mom and dad but it was so good to see them again and doing so well in their nineties.

We then drove to a friend’s house that are starting a guesthouse ministry. They had taken a smaller house that they hoped for another use and turned it into a beautiful and gracious house to refresh the souls and bodies of Christian workers. They held a dedication and asked Kent to officiate! Afterwards they held a delicious luncheon to commemorate this event. What a special time it was to be with them! Kent gave them a globe to represent the workers that they will touch and encourage around the world.

Then we drove to Portland for Mission Connexion. It was a great conference! We had lots of perspective missionaries stop by the booth and attend Kent’s seminar. I also was thrilled to hear Joni Erickson Tada.

If you don’t know about Joni, check out her website: Joniandfriends.org. She has been a paraplegic for over 50 years and does a lot of speaking. She not only shared her testimony but encouraged all of us to ” Get up! Get a shower! And do something! ” in other words, there is no excuse to not do something for God! wow! I thought what a great testimony! I was thrilled to hear her as she has been someone I’ve admired for many years! We also reconnected with some other missionaries that graduated from Bible College with us! What fun!

Next we flew to Denver for our missions annual Renewal conference. This is where our missionaries on home assignment have a time of refreshment and renewal first in prayer, in God’s Word and in seminars to help them! It is a highlight of the year for us!

Also since we get to stay with Kara, Nick and Ivan…it is extra special! We even got to keep Ivan so they could have a date day/night together.we so enjoy being able to see Ivan as often as possible as he is growing up so fast. At two years old he is such a cutie too!

Then we flew home!! But only for one week so we could get ready for our next trip!!!

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Family Christmas video

February 1, 2017

I hope you all can see this video. Sorry it took me so long to get it put together! Actually without our daughter Kara’s help it wouldn’t be done now.. thanks Kara!

Link:ttps://vimeo.com/202123176

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Family Christmas 2016

January 3, 2017

Kent  and I flew to our daughter, Kara’s and husband Nick’s home in Colorado for Christmas. Of course we were very excited to their two year old son Ivan as well!

We had a few days with them before our son Josh, Teresa and Silas came to spend Christmas together! I thought that we would have some quiet days together, but once we got there and saw that Kara and Nick were trying to finish up an update on their condo… 2 new vanities in their bathrooms, new flooring throughout! There had been delays and so it was behind schedule. Check out their blog at: Kickmo.wordpress.com to see more pictures of the project.

So we had two day to hang out together out of the house. We had fun hanging out with Ivan and Kara while Nick was busy.

Then Josh, Teresa and Silas flew in and the fun just continued.

Nick, Josh and Silas went skiing. Kent went along to help and just to be with the men.  Kara, Teresa and I had a quiet day together with Ivan. Then we all went to the new Star Wars movie and there was game playing and lots of conversations. Christmas Day was a low key affair with a delicious meal at Kara’s house. We also enjoyed sharing gifts with each other as our family exchanges names. We enjoyed watching Ivan pass out the gifts but also enjoyed his own. Silas enjoyed playing with Ivan as well.

Special times and now special memories of our wonderful time together! We are so glad that our family enjoys each other. It is a blessing that Kara and Nick were willing to host us as well! Last year it was Josh and Teresa hosting us. So we do appreciate all the work!

We always get a new family picture.. and this year it was a bit cold as you can see from all the coats and hats this year. But it was warm Family times! We pray that you had a wonderful Blessed Christmas as well with family or friends or both!

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Here is a video that shows a few more of our fun times! I will link this video once I’ve had time to get it put together. Link: https://vimeo.com/202123176

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our grandsons birthdays!

November 28, 2016

Both of our grandsons have fall Birthdays.

Silas was first in September and he turned 11 years old already! He started middle school this fall and is just growing up so fast. We did get to see he and his mother  recently, so that was very nice!

Silas and I had a private movie night in our bedroom which we both enjoyed tons! And since Josh didn’t get to come, this is a picture of Josh picking them up. It is one of my favorites!

Then Ivan had his 2nd birthday! We can’t believe how much he has grown even since I saw him in July! He has certainly learned to walk and talk by two! He is discovering all kinds of things and mom and dad are sooo enjoying him.

We are so looking forward to seeing everyone again at Christmas!! We can never see our family enough but this year we got to see the kids and moms several times!! Yeah!!

We are so very grateful fir the blessing that our son, daughter their spouses and their sons are to us! Even though we don’t get to see them very often, we are close and God has blessed us as a family! God has definitely blessed Kent and I as parents for which we are very grateful!

May God bless you this Christmas season too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers