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Beach trip with my Friend, Melody

July 18, 2017

My new friend and our hostess for the summer, Melody loves the beach like me. One day we got talking about how we haven’t been to the beach enough. Melody admitted. That she had not been to a beach for years. So we started to think and plan… and last week our plans came to reality. Melody got us a hotel room and she drove… this little trip was to be a big part of her birthday present from her husband! Hah! Well, I was grateful to be accompanying her as I love the beach anytime, but especially in the summer.

We left their house in the tall evergreen trees and drove out to the Washington coast. We had a delightful drive, feeling a bit giddy with excitement. We had a nice lunch along the way and then drove in down to the coast. We found our hotel and checked in. We then went for a walk around the town to see the shops etc. we talked to shop owners and other locals and asked about good places for meals. We got two recommendations and went to both places while here. We rested a bit at the hotel and then went out to eat at a place called the Depot. I forgot to get pictures. But it was an old train depot and had a really good chef that had delicious food! We then drove to the beach and walked around a bit. It was quite windy and the sun was going down so after a while went back to our hotel room.

After a good sleep and breakfast we headed out to drive to the Oregon coast. We stopped to pick up a sandwhich to eat on the beach and saw some bargains, so we had to shop a little along the way. But we did arrive at Cannon Beach, Oregon and wow! We found a parking place within a short walk of the beach! How wonderful! I was so excited I almost ran down to the beach… the sand was soft and felt good on our feet…so we took a foot picture! Hah! Then we sat in the beach chairs that Melody had brought and read, talked and ate our lunch! Beautiful and restful! Finally I had to go to the bathroom so we left our chairs and then were able to come back a few minutes later and resume our restful time. Then it was time to leave…sad! “Sigh” oh well I hope to get more beach time again! Thanks Melody!

We then went back to hotel and rested and cleaned up and then went to the other recommendation which was called Gelattis. Sounded Italian and looked it online…we ordered Italian and ate Italian…but when the owner came out to mingle with the guests. he told us a different story. They had bought from an Italian but he wasn’t Italian. Still it was very good food! And he was interesting to talk to!

After another good nights sleep and breakfast we headed back but taking a somewhat different route. We took our time and stopped again for lunch and found some deer alongside the road. Eventually we stopped in Centralia that had a bunch of Antique stores. We got into a few but then we decided it was time to head home,

What a fun couple of days and a beach “fix” for both of us until the next time, Happy Birthday Melody! I had a great time! Thanks a ton for arranging and driving!

Your friend,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

For more pictures follow this video link:

https://vimeo.com/225790177

Bruce and Melody hosted a July 4th party

July 11, 2017

Our hosts( where we are parked this summer) are Bruce and Melody. They have graciously allowed us to park on their property with a beautiful view of Mt Rainier. They decided to host a party for Independence Day. We were graciously invited too.

We had a blast and the party was a huge success! Many of their neighbors, friends came. I think it must have been close to 60 people. Bruce plays in two bands and one of them played for the entertainment. I was able to get a short clip of them singing.

We had a fun day and enjoyed getting to know Bruce and Melody’s neighbors and friends better.

Follow the video link to see more pictures!

https://vimeo.com/224970099

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

A special treat

July 10, 2017

We met Joan and Peter a few years ago when they hosted us in Portland for the Mission Connexion conference. Joan and I really hit it off right from the start and we had much in common. I have been wanting to do something for her as she has a hard life right now. Her husband Peter, 12 years ago fell and is now a handicapped man with a brain injury that makes him more like a child. Peter is very intelligent and has a PhD and was a chemical engineer before a brain tumor and then a fall off a ladder onto rocks, 12 years ago changed their lives forever!

Last year, Joan also nursed their one daughter until God took her to heaven.  She also had back surgery in March of this year! I felt God telling me to do something special with her to cheer her up. So between her challenges and then my cancer this spring, we both needed a special treat!

God gave that to us in the form of a mini vacation. Joan was able to get a caregiver for her husband Peter and then drove up to Seattle and met Kent and I at a place along the highway. Kent took Joan’s car and Joan and I took off in our little car. We drove to Seattle where I had booked an Airbnb for overnight as we had an early morning. We were there early enough so we went out for a nice meal at a local restaurant within walking distance. We also found a spot where we could see a nice sunset view of Seattle. Our host and hostess were wonderful and we enjoyed their home and them very much!

We were catching the Clipper ferry to Victoria, Canada. We had picked an excursion that included a 2 1/2 hour boat trip, a narrated bus ride around the city and the ride and entrance fee to a beautiful garden just outside of Victoria, called Butchart Gardens. We also had the ride back to Victoria and overnight accommodations at the Grand Hotel.

We had both been to the gardens before but we were excited to see what it looked like now, as they keep changing the flowers for the different times of the year! We saw many beautiful flowers and landscaping. It was breathtaking! Joan had known that we could eat in the gardens at the actual house of the Butchart family, as she had done it before. She treated us both to afternoon tea. We had such a great time and had delicious and beautiful food and very delicious teas!

We had met a young woman in the line for the boat. Natalie and us hung out at the gardens together and we three even rode a carrousel for fun! She left us when we went for tea but we saw her again on the ferry back to Seattle. It is fun to meet and get to know others on these excursions.

We then rode the bus back to Victoria where our luggage had been dropped at our hotel. Our hotel was the Grand Hotel, a 5 star hotel. Our room was beautiful and the hotel was so nice too. After a great night sleeping in very comfortable beds, we leisurely got up and decided we wanted to go to a special place for breakfast. Joan had been to this tea place called Murchie’s and knew they also served breakfast. Again delicious food and very delicious teas. They also sold teas, tea pots and cups and Joan loved their teas. So we spent about an hour for breakfast and then an hour picking our teas. We are still enjoying them. I also splurged and bought a beautiful tea cup to remember this wonderful time.

Our hotel concierge had agreed to keep our luggge until we were to board our Clipper ferry ride back to Seattle. So after breakfast and tea shopping we took our time and stopped in every little shop on Government street that took our fancy. This is a Main Street in this part of town. So there were shops of linens from Ireland, there were all kinds of souvenir shops and there was a little craft fair there too. The flower baskets were beautiful and were everywhere. We also stopped at delicious handmade chocolate store. Of course we did get a few for a treat. Joan got some for Peter as he loves them!

We had not known when we planned our trip, that Canada was about to celebrate their 150th year of being an independent country. So when we were in Victoria there were several events at the Harbor. We had a delicious Fish and chips meal at a great permanent food truck called Red Fish/Blue Fish. The line of people never seemed to go down although they served them as fast as the food could be cooked!

Because of this special celebration and which is leading up to Canada Day on July 1st, there was several live music groups playing as we ate our lunch. We had a delicious meal at a place called Dead Beets on Thursday late afternoon. It had burgers with red beets on them and also a delicious veggie burger with various veggie fries which I got. I could recommend both of these places as the food was very delicious.

As we walked around taking pictures of people, mimes, musicians, all of a sudden we heard some military music at the Parliament building. We rushed along with a crowd of people not wanting to miss some special event. We waited behind a rope cord with police enforcing no one could pass. We saw the band and two rows of military personnel standing at attention in front of this building, facing the building. So we waited for about a half hour, when some people came out of the building descended the stairs and got into some cars that had pulled up. Then everything started dispersing. We still didn’t know for sure what had happened, so as we were walking along two police officers were near us, so we asked them. They said it was the beginning of the legislative session. That was an interesting sideline for us to see.

It was a delightful time. The weather was beautiful and we were relaxed and God gave us such a wonderful time. When it was time to board the Clipper we retrieved our luggage and got on for the ride back to Seattle.

We arrived back in Seattle after a very peaceful ride and we were seeing the sunset as we arrived in Seattle. Beautiful! We retrieved our car and drove to where our RV house is parked. Our hosts Bruce and Melody have their beautiful guest house and they allowed Joan to stay there overnight. That was nice so she could be rested for her drive back to Portland on Friday. So we all slept well and then we had breakfast together and Joan drove back to Peter.

Here are some pictures but follow the video link to enjoy more!  It was a refreshing time for both of us and I believe God gave us this as a treat!

Check out the video:   https://vimeo.com/224896448

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Settled in NW

June 4, 2017

Our friends Bruce and Melody have 20 acres of beautiful scenic property at the base of Mt Rainier. It has absolutely the best view of Mt Rainier.  Bruce and Melody have been sooo gracious to us and have allowed us to park on their gorgeous property for the summer. So very kind of them!

We all met two years ago on a River Cruise in Eastern Europe. We were all there to celebrate our wedding Anniversaries. We became friends quickly and have seen each other quite a bit in the past few years. These guys came to cheer Kent up last summer when he fell and broke some ribs…they visited us in Phoenix and we all have met up at restaurants when we were in the area etc. anyway, you get the idea they are special friends! Also last January we were at their house for a very special day… they have a new ministry called Dorlinda Ministry Retreat. Their beautiful guest house is fully equipped and beautifully decorated and is a ministry to pastors and missionaries and their families for a place of solace and retreat. It is so kind of them to offer this beautiful and very comfortable house for those who serve the Lord. Kent and I were here last January to help them dedicate this guest house and them to this ministry. Here is the picture of Kent and Bruce and Melody when Kent presented a globe to them…as a token of the people they will touch all over the world with this ministry. They have been using their guest house in this way since January.

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We actually needed a place for a few weeks as we had some battery issues that needed to be resolved, by someone other than Kent. The holiday interrupted that repair. So we moved into their lovely guest house. We do hope to get our issues resolved very soon but in the meantime we’ve been enjoying this lovely, gracious and comfortable home!

Check out their website and send those serving the Lord that need a rest to them.  https://www.dorlindaretreatministry.com

 

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Settled in Mesa

December 31, 2016

We have been here in Mesa, AZ for a little over a month  now. We are in a new location in our RV park and it is where we see a lot of people often walking by. We are trying to get to know more people and I ( Jan) am more involved in classes etc here in our little community. I am part of an aerobics swimming class and on the bowling league from our park. We occasionally go to the afternoon concerts held here too.

Because Kent still is busy working for the mission, he misses a lot of this but does get involved when he can. We feel this is our community to make an impact in, and are trying to do that.

We also got busy decorating for Christmas. I have a small Christmas tree and some outside decorations. Some dear friends sent us a real evergreen wreath which is a real treat for us.

We pray that as you prepare for Christmas and have parties etc that you will have opportunities to share why you have a “Reason for this season.” We are so blessed and have the freedom to share and to enjoy this season. I pray that you will be blessed as you celebrate Christ’s birth!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Visiting good friends!

December 4, 2016

In November we drove to San Marcos, California to visit some dear friends. We have known Ross and Denise since a few weeks after we both got married. We both married a week apart and then met at a church in NJ where we all were new to the church. Ross was in the armed forces and they were without a place to live for several months, because they waiting for base housing. We had been living in a parsonage and had a huge family room and half bath we were not even using, so after getting the church’s permission we invited Ross and Denise to move in with us. We all shared the kitchen, and full bath but with all of our working schedules we didn’t have any problems. It is funny now that none of us can remember any problems nor how long it actually was. But one thing is certain we made life time friends.

They started supporting us personally after we joined our mission and then a few years later increased that but told us the increase was to go for our retirement. We have always been so grateful for their generosity and kindness in getting us to start thinking about retirement. It is now even more appreciated!

So we got to go and see these dear friends! We have visited many times over these more than 40 years of knowing each other. They have moved a lot in the early years too. We are so grateful for friends and for their kindness to us!

We also got to see the Pacific Ocean when with them too. Fun!

Thanks Ross and Denise!

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

My Birthday

October 31, 2016

It was that time of year again! I believe that you should celebrate, because that God has given you another year of life and influence! I always hear from our grown children usually just after my husband has wished me the first Happy Birthday of the day. This year our son got to me first thing and our daughter sent a video hello and good birthday wishes with her almost two year old son!

Well, the first thing after that we did, was go to Denny’s restaurant for my free birthday grand slam, which is two eggs, four pieces of meat and two pancakes. Well I didn’t want that much starch so opted for an English muffin instead and shared some of themeat with Kent..that was good. We then got some computer work done there. Then we stopped by Firehouse Subs and got a free sub for my birthday. I was glad to split that with Kent!

We then went back to our RV house and our friends Debbie and Dwain were there a few minutes later! They have a lot in Yuma, AZ and had invited us to come and see them there! We have been friends for about 7 years now and haven’t seen each other for about a year! They also have a big truck and big RV home and had been traveling back east this summer. So it was very good to see them and spend about 10 days together starting with my Birthday. We went out to Longhorn Steakhouse for a steak dinner dinner and it was delicious and I got to ride on a saddle while the waiters sang me a happy birthday song. We also went to Cold Stone Creamery for a free ice cream as well. Debbie and Dwain made it special by being with us today!

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Thanks for all the wishes and I am so glad for another year of life and ministry!

love, 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

Great Summer in central northwest

September 12, 2016

Kent and I had a great summer in central Washington.we were so excited to be here. We both love farmland and the people that love these areas. We loved where we were able to park on Bill and Lynn’s little farm. We loved all the animals they had and often enjoyed the eggs from Ruth, Esther and Naomi. They were delicious!

We enjoyed the Apple industry that was all around us. We saw how the apple trees are being trimmed now to do a better job for harvesting and more fruitful as well.

We saw the area’s other industries. We were amazed at how the city had a host of different small businesses as well that not only supported the farming/orchard industry. We got to know lots of people in the church that we were helping and also in the community.

It was also interesting that Kent had three cousins in the area which we also got to visit. We certainly were not bored and with Kent’s fall and the ribs broken it slowed us down a bit, but not too much.

Here are some of the pictures of the apple processing plant we went too and some of the orchards in the area. Also a great picture of Mt Adams.

If you look carefully on the top picture, you can see Mt Adams peeking over the top. We could also see Mt Rainier at times too!

This picture of a truck is where the apples are washed in getting ready for cold storage. It was amazing watching them get washed right on the truck. The containers have slates to allow the water to pass through.  Fun times!

This area also grow lots of other fruit, such as peaches and pears, and lots of garden vegetables. We were grateful that Bill and Lynn share their garden produce with us too!

It was a very profitable and fun summer. It went by so fast that before we knew it, it was time to move on.

Watch for where we went next!

Love,

Jan of the Roaming Reimers

A good trip and special memories

August 4, 2016

Several months ago our daughter Kara had invited me to go with her and 20 month old Ivan to travel to PA where she and I have lots of friends and family. For several reasons I decided to go a week earlier to visit supporters and family ahead of time, so that once Kara came we wouldn’t be as busy!

So I flew into Phildelphia and was able to be picked up by a dear friend, Cheryl.  The plane was over an hour late but I arrived safely and she was kind and didn’t mint that late hour! We still had a few hours of conversation, then rest and the next morning she put me on the train to my home town. Another friend, Judy picked me up there.

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Both of these friends has lost loved ones since I last saw them. Cheryl had her mother pass into heaven at 99 1/2 years and Judy had lost her husband also one of our dear friends. So it was good to see both of them again.

The next day I traveled to a small town north where we have a supporting church. I got to share with the church at a dessert social. How neat to see about 10 young people there! Two of them were doing a 5 day club with CEF that summer! They were so excited! It was a wonderful visit and such an encouragement to me! Kent and I love this church and congregation!

I drove back to my hometown and was able to make a lot of visits with all of our supporters in the area, which are many, my brothers, nephews and nieces and all of my uncles and aunts. It was great to connect with one supporter who also lost her husband since we saw them, also another friend who has had breast cancer return as well as many other friends. It was an exhausting but very productive week! I counted that I visited more than 35 people in the first week and two churches, where I shared. I can’t tell you how many conversations I had as well. But then I felt that I had done the work I came for and could relax. I must say, I took almost no pictures of this first week.

This is my friend Millie with one of her grandsons that came to play with Ivan

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The second week Kara and Ivan joined me!I was so excited to see them again as Ivan is growing up so fast! He is talking so much more than when we saw him in May, so it was fun to be around him again. I drove to Philadelphia to pick them up, I forgot how the traffic in that city is a bit crazy! And we all stayed at another friend’s house. Millie has a ton of grandkids and one is Ivan’s age. She babysits them often, so lots of toys and fun things for Ivan too! And she  and her husband and family nearby had a lot of fun seeing and getting to know Ivan too.

Kara had lined up visits with her former college roommates and other school friends. All of these young women had had babies since Kara had last seen them and two had been married! So it was fun to meet their babies and for Ivan also to meet them! Three of the girls had a chance to get together for a mom’s night out! I kept Ivan that night! Ivan had a great time with all of the toys and kids at my friend Millie’s house.

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We also took a short trip to the Atlantic Ocean. Kara and I have always loved the ocean or the “shore” as people in the east call the ocean front. It was a beautiful day and not too hot by the time we got to the beach! Ivan was a bit reluctant as first but then enjoyed it and the sand! I loved introducing him to the ocean!

We met another long time friend and supporter at a local chick-fila since it has a nice playground which Ivan is used to. We sat close to the playground and he did really well playing while we got a visit in with Gail. She was like a aunt to Kara while she was growing up and they hadn’t seen each other for a long time. Again it was great for her to get to meet Ivan as well as visit with Kara as an adult!

While it was full of activity these two weeks were a gift! I had been feeling that I needed to go and see my family and visit our friends for quite awhile. I used to be there more often but since my mother had passed, I didn’t feel the need to go back so often. I have missed seeing my dear friends and my family! That are so dear to me! So while this was a very busy two weeks it was wonderful, to see our dear friends and to have them meet and get to know Ivan a little too! He was such a great little boy with all the visits and driving etc.

I was so appreciative that another missionary couple loaned us their van which worked wonderfully for taking all the baby and food stuffs we needed. Also I was able to loan a baby car seat, pack and play and portable high chair all of which Kara did not have to cart with her!! Yeah!

Well, the day finally arrived for us to leave, and  I was excited to do this last adventure with Ivan and Kara. We took two trains to Philadelphia airport.

I am not sure if Ivan realized that we were actually “on” a train as he was pretty excited to see another one on the tracks too.  But he did well and we arrived at the airport in time to get something to eat before our journeys home.

It was with sadness that I said goodbye. I watched as Kara and Ivan looking back over her shoulder walked away, I waved one last time to him…with a tear in my eye. Who knows when we will see each other again? We have some ideas but it feels a long time in between as he is growing up so fast. But I so appreciate this visit with Kara and Ivan as well as all the others that I got to visit!!! And thanks to Kara for the idea and little Ivan for being under two, so the trip was this summer as flying was cheaper.  I believe God went before me and sustained me as well.

I pray that this summer finds you spending time with those that are a treasure to you too! We need to appreciate all these times!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers