Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

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

 

 

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

Friends in Arizona

April 16, 2014

We are so very blessed! We have so many friends all over the United States.  There are some here in Phoenix that we try to keep up with and some that come here in the winter like us. On Valentine’s Day we were able to catch up with Phil and Jeannie. We have known each other since 1980 when we met in SE Alaska. They come to Arizona most winters.

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Arlyn and Kris we have known since we were next door neighbors in Kansas City. They always loved our kids and were our best neighbors. It was a special treat to see them this year. Arlyn battled bladder cancer last year. He is looking good.  Arlyn’s sister was in town and joined us.

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Over the past 7 winters in Arizona we have gotten to know a lot of people that come and have done volunteer work. This group has changed over the years, but they are a great group of people with a heart for volunteering.  The bigger group was with our other staff that we work with at the college. And the bottom picture is at the Spring training game that the college gave us tickets to go to. We do have lots of fun with this group.

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Wayne and Darlene on the right were not in this photo as they do a lot of traveling for their jobs…so I have a picture from when they came to visit us in Seattle a few years ago.

We are privileged to have a lot of friends here and praise God for the many different people we have in our life and no matter where we go they will still be our friends.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Flower Lady

April 15, 2014

For the last 7 winters we have been privileged to stay in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.

I(Jan) have been volunteering my gifts as a gardener for a small Christian college here in exchange for our Rv hook up being paid. I sometimes get called the Flower Lady as I work in the flowers most of the time.

I so enjoy what I do here but once the weather starts to get close to 100 degrees, which is usually does toward the end of April, we take off for parts north. Today was my last day for this winter. It was a little sad to say goodbye to my friends here but I look forward to being in the Northwest for the summer.

When I first got to the college in November
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After I planted the flowers

 

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The way the flowers look now.

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Sometimes I have to dig holes for the bushes that I plant. Here is one of those times.

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All done and now growing

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My job at the college is to plant and care for flowers and bushes. I do lots of planting. I am trying to get plants to grow that will be less work in the long run. So here is how I do some of the planting.

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I also get involved with other jobs when the plants aren’t growing too much. So I do some painting..yes that is me in the funny white suit… I do help organize and clean up the shop area from time to time as well as any other kind of jobs when I don’t have flowers to tend.

Kent has two different areas that he does coaching for. The South West Region and in the summer months the northwest region. So this summer he is going to help out his boss in the Northwest by giving him some time off. Kent will do some training of the staff while there and giving oversight to the office.

We are excited for a busy and fun summer.

 

Jan for the Roaming Reimers