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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

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

Travel and good vists

October 17, 2016

We have been “on the road again” as the song that is sung by Willie Nelson. We do enjoy our freedom to go down the road. And the beautiful scenery and great friends that we get to visit along the way.

We were a part of a missions conference in Seattle and had a wonderful time there. Some of our WorldVenture colleagues helped us and it was great to get to know them a bit better too. We also saw missionary friends of many years, here she and I are standing at her booth. These weekend conferences are pretty busy so it was a fun time to have lunch with Cindy and her husband.

We have seen some new friends recently that live at the base of Mt Rainer. It was such a lovely spot to stop for a few days of rest with Bruce and Melody. God gave us three beautiful days to enjoy that lovely scenery. Here is a picture of their house with Mt Rainier in he background. The fall is a very hard time to get this view so we were so very grateful! These friends have a place that they are fixing up as a guesthouse to give pastors and missionaries a retreat. They want it to be a ministry for them at this point in their lives. Stay tuned for more information once they are ready for guests in that place.

We also got to see my niece Jana again as she is living now in Washington. It was so nice to see her again.

Pictures of friends and my niece too and some scenery we have seen along the way!

We are currently in Oregon and are a part of a huge storm that has hit the North west this fall. Thankfully where we are has not had the high winds that were predicted for here! And after three days of hard rain, today we even saw the sun some! Yeah! But another night of torrential rain and some wind and we were ready to leave the Northwest!

We are looking for some sunshine today and warmer climates too!

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!

imageA four generation picture taken at one of great grandma’s favorite Chinese restaurant.

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

Kent’s parents celebrate 70 Years of Marriage

August 18, 2016

Not many people live long enough to celebrate 70 years of marriage. We are so glad to be able to share Kent’s parents 70th Anniversary with you. The family shared a commemorative day with them when we were all together at a granddaughter’s wedding in May.

A recent picture at our family celebration.

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And let’s show you a few picture over the years. Starting on their wedding day.

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Early in their marriage with Alyce’s grandma Minnie two of their sons and a nephew.

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There are many more pictures but I hope this gives you an idea of their lives over these 40+ years that I’ve known them. Their daughter and Kent and I hosted a party a few weeks ago for their 70th here in their church. It was well attended and even our own daughter-in-law and grandson Silas were visiting us at the time!  They had some visitors that they haven’t seen in 50+ years. They enjoyed the afternoon and the good wishes and many cards and some gifts they received. It was a special time!

A few pictures from the day, as I was trying to make sure it all went well, so didn’t take as many pictures.

Well, it was a wonderful time. As I said not many people make it to 70 years of marriage. They are the first couple that I know personally that have made this milestone. We pray that you enjoyed your celebrations, mom and dad!

love,

Jan for the roaming Reimers