Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

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

 

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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

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

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!

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Easter with Family, a conference and travel

April 24, 2015

I love Easter. It reminds me of our Lord and all He did for us..and then the resurrection day to celebrate the victory over death and SIN. It reminds me that Christ gives us victory. I love the spring flowers and all the spring colors. Also I love the newness of starting over…because nature has started to bloom again. I loved seeing these Iris in bloom too.

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We are so grateful that this year again we could be with some of Kent’s family for Easter. His Uncle Mel and wife Chris live in Las Vegas as well as a first cousin and her family. They had also invited Chris’ son’s family. We all have been together before and it was so nice. Again this Easter we had a grand time. Chris’ granddaughters were such fun to be with.

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Uncle Mel had taken a fall the week before but was in rare form despite his Parkinson’s. He almost runs with his walker though and it made me just a bit nervous. But I did get them to stay put long enough to get a picture.

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We had several times that we go to see them including Easter Service at their church where a clear presentation of the gospel was given. So great to hear that and on the day that every Christian should proclaim that message.

Easter dinner was at first cousin Karen and Tim Dolan’s house. It was a delicious Ham dinner. We all brought something to help but Karen did most of the heavy cooking. Thanks Karen and Tim too.

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After Easter weekend we had a conference. It was with other owners of the samp type of Rv that we have. These are to get together and learn things from each other and also from speakers about various things about living or maintaining our RVs. Kent did a seminar on solar for RVs and also on full time living. We had many opportunities to speak of God’s love as well. It was a fun and busy week.See all the rigs parked near each other to visit better.

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We did make some new friends too, but didn’t get pictures of them. Opps!

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Then we headed on down the road…we went about 200 miles a day. First night was at a very peaceful roadside pull off. WE had three other Rvs with us that night but it was sure peaceful.

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It took us 4 days to reach our next destination which is where we are currently parked near Roseburg, Oregon. That is southern Oregon but along the 1-5 corridor.

We are here for about two months. Kent has already been able to meet with several people including the pastor of a local church. They were encouraged to hear how they might be more involved in Missions opportunities.

We are also here visiting our good friends Phil and Jeannie Teel. We met in Juneau, Alaska in 1980 and have kept in contact. Phil is a welder, now retired, but keeps an active shop to do things in. So Kent had a big project and they are both tackling it.

The project it to take the back of our truck and re-configure it to accommodate our new car.. It is a Smart Car and only 8 foot 4″ long. So it can work it out. So this is a BIG project. More about that next blog as it is still in the works. Come back to see it. OK?

Here is our BIG TRUCK and little car.

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That is about all we have been doing these past several weeks. I (Jan) also got 2 boils on her ear canal and so that is why this blog is so late…I am starting to feel better finally. Yeah! I can hear again!!!!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Family Christmas 2014

January 19, 2015

We feel so blessed that our family was able to get together in Denver this year over New Years for our family Christmas!!! With Kara and Nick having baby Ivan we all felt it best to go there to be with them. So we did and all had a great time. Here are some of the pics of having fun together. I will let the pictures speak for the wonderful time we all had together. It was only 5 days but so wonderful!

Our 9 year old Grandson Silas holding 6 week old Ivan his cousin
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We are so grateful that we can all be together this Christmas! It was such a great time at Kara and Nick’s and holding a loving on Ivan.

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Of course the star was 6 week old Ivan

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I think he is trying to talk here…

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Rejoice with us in God’s blessing to us! We thank God for His Many blessings.

Love from Jan for the Roaming Reimers

We are settled!

May 30, 2014

We are off the road and settled, near Portland, Oregon.  It took us two weeks to find a  place for us to park for the summer. We had a temporary place but knew we needed to find something more long term. We are in a mobile home park that has a few spots for RVs. We have been here 3 weeks and love it. We are about 11 miles from the office that Kent goes to during the week. And about 1 mile from Kent’s sister LeAnn and Ken her husband. That is nice.

I was excited because I saw there was a little area of dirt that had nothing planted in it. Yeah! I could think of what to put in there… Flowers.   And I found some pots from various places and even planted a tomato, basil, some lettuce, onions and spinach. So I even have a little garden. Yeah! LeAnn has a small garden at her apt and so had me thinking of it.

Before planting:
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Kent officially took over his summer responsibilities as Interim NorthWest director for WorldVenture last Tuesday. He has people to oversee and to help. He hopes to give them training to better know how to coach individuals into missions ministry with WorldVenture too. But he does have the office responsibilities as well.

This past Sunday we went to a church where a couple that Kent is coaching goes. We so enjoyed being with this couple, Brad and Sara and 14 month old Camden.

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It was a very fun church to attend. A smaller historic country church with the cemetery right beside it. The pastor is a dedicated man of God and we were also impressed with his family that we met. I appreciated the pastor’s message.  They sang some hymns and some contemporary songs. I sensed God’s presence and unity in this church. Very encouraging day. They had a barbeque and we stayed and visited some more. Brad and Sara just enjoyed hanging out too.

So you can see we are settled  in here and enjoying being here in life and ministries.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Mother’s Day reflections

May 14, 2014

On Mother’s Day I would naturally think of my own mom. And I was this past week. Last week this happened to me, it was raining all day and we were not sure yet where we were going to settle, and I was feeling a little “blue” all day. I really wondered was why I was feeling sad..but. Kara, our daughter called and we talked and that helped but I was still puzzling at why I felt that way..

We got together that afternoon for a hike with Kent’s sister LeAnn and husband, Ken.  LeAnn mentioned the date…May 7th OHHH, that was my mom’s birthday. She would have been 93. My subconscious remembered even as I hadn’t thought of it. So then I felt better. I realized I was just missing my mother. I still do almost every day.

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Then Mother’s Day this Sunday… so I was thinking of several mothers. I was thinking of Teresa our daughter-in-law who is a great mother to our grandson 8 year old Silas.

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I was thinking of my mother-in-law Alyce who has come back from their car accident in November but is still struggling with some issues. I had just been to visit them (a 5 hour drive one way from where we are living), and I had a pretty good visit. I got to help dad with the garden and some weeding in flower beds around the house. I bought some flowers and planted them so Mom could enjoy them.

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I was thinking of another mother-to-be that I know. She is a first time mother and is unexpectedly expecting. She is doing great but adjusting to thinking about a coming baby.

I was thinking of all the ‘mothers’  that God put into my life over the years to influence me for good and to show me how to be a better mother. Eleanor now 95 and has struggles of her own. She was so influential in my life!  She became a missionary to Alaska when she was 65 and a widow. I talked to her today and she just had a wonderful visit with her daughter. I got to see her last summer when this picture was taken..

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There are two Betty’s that God placed in my life to encourage and pray for me and to generally just help keep me on the right path. This Betty has been like a mother to me. She is a real prayer warrior too.

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There are four friends, that have upheld me through thick and thin from my home church. All of these dear ladies have been a godly example to me.  I have been so blessed by  all these women who taught me much about motherhood. They all have different ways of “mothering” but I learned so much from each one. And I count them each as a very dear friend!

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Me and my four special friends.

Of course,  I was also thinking of our own children and the blessing that they both have been to me.  I can still remember what it felt like to hold them the first time. So precious!  Josh, our son and oldest was so premature that we almost lost him.  We praise God that he survived and he has been such a blessing in our lives.

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Kara was born 2 years later and I am so grateful for both of them and all they have taught me and all the joy they brought to my life and continue to!

 

 

Lastly I (and my husband Kent) couldn’t stop without thinking of our very precious grandson, Silas, who is now 8 years old. He is our son Josh and Teresa’s son. We treasure the time we have together! This picture is a few years ago but such a fun time!

 

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I had a good Mother’s Day. We did not get to be with our kids,  BUT we all got on our computers and “saw” each other and talked together. That was a treat!

 

Then Kent and I and Kent’s sister LeAnn and husband Ken went to a beautiful rhododendron garden. We had so much fun taking lots of pictures. I do enjoy the northwest and all it’s springtime beauty! Here are a few pics for you to enjoy!

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These are all rhododendrons of many different varieties.
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 LeAnn looking closely at the blossoms

 

These are really rhododendrons bushes but look like trees!

Many more pictures…too many to include but I thought you would like to see the beauty of Spring in the Northwest.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mothers!

 

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Happy Easter!

April 20, 2014

How many of you love Easter? I love the whole weekend of first remembrance of what Christ did for us and then the triumphal Easter morning. I always awake Easter just looking forward to the entire day no matter what we do. although going to church is a top priority for the day.

Over the years we have done more traditional Christian Easter with early breakfast at church, special service with new bright spring clothes and even some Easter baskets. We are a lot less traditional now that we live in our Rv house.

I always look forward to going to church at Easter. We actually went to church Saturday night as well as Sunday morning. Last night was more like a show and in a huge church that had several Saturday evening services and several Sunday morning services. The pastor did share the gospel message of hope.. That is what Easter is all about more than anything.

Easter Morning we had found a church that supports some of our WorldVenture missionaries, so we thought why not? It was the antithesis of last night. A much smaller church and a quiet friendly group. Again the pastor shared the gospel. They also sang several hymns… But what I miss most is the old rousing hymns we sang that seemed to lift me up. Like: Up From the Grave He Arose! , The old Rugged Cross, and He Lives. I haven’t heard those in any church for so long…the last few years I just decided to sing some on my way to church. This year I found a youtube version of one of those songs. Very simple, but the message is clear.. Christ Arose. I do hope you enjoy it too!

After all the best message in the world is that Jesus Arose from the dead to overcome our sins. How can we not sing about this!

We hope you had a Wonderful blessed Easter!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers