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A fun excursion

June 29, 2018

My mother’s siblings have gotten together for lunch once a month for about 10 years now. It is always fun to meet up with them at these lunches. Several of the siblings are finding it harder to come as my moms closest sister is over 90 and one brother too. So these special lunches are a real treat!

I did mention to my two aunts present at the last lunch that I wanted to know if any of them liked gardens like my grandmother, their mother did. My aunt Ethel immediately said she did! And in fact there was going to be a garden tour near me the next week! I said “ let’s go together!” And so it was settled.

We had a great time and went to 8 different gardens. I also enjoyed the older stone houses on the properties. There are so many old houses from around 1700’s in this area. We were a bit disappointed that there were less flowers blooming but that was due to the rainy weather this spring and not the owner’s fault.

We still had an enjoyable day with lunch in the middle to visit a bit more! I was so glad as I haven’t had time over the years to get to know Aunt Ethel all that much so this was a treat!

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jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Seeing good friends and supporters

June 18, 2018

This past weekend we went to a town in central Pennsylvania where there is a small church that has supported us for our entire 40 years of ministry. This church is so encouraging to Kent and I and we always come away refreshed!

40 years ago we stayed with a couple that had 2 of their boys about 6 and 8 years old as well as a daughter and older son. These two little boys grew up and are still in this church.. one of them Peter has a son that is 6 now.. and he remarked that his son is the age that he was when he first met us. Wow! That gave all of us perspective on how long this relationship has been. We now stay with this son that is grown up and has several children of his own. We love Peter and Melanie and all of their children.. their older son just graduated and daughter is not far behind. We had a great relaxing time with them. We also saw Ron and Joyce, as Ron traveled with Kent on a missions trip. Ron and Joyce have supported us for many years as well. It was fun seeing their house and garden and his paintings! And Peter’s parents also traveled to Mali, W. Africa on a work team with our whole family. Great memories!

We also stopped in another town about an hour away that another supporter lives in. Thelma has supported us faithfully for many years as well.

And before we left on this trip my aunts and uncles on my mother’s side have been meeting together for lunch every month and so we caught up with them at the restaurant. Some couldn’t make it but we enjoyed those that could.

God is giving us many good visits and we are so grateful for all of these wonderful, supportive people!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting long time friends and supporters

June 4, 2018

Our next stop was in Ohio. We have had some friends and supporters from this area since 1984. A church here supported us and through the church we had some individuals who also supported us. One of the couples Doug and Jo had a dinner for several of our friends in the area. They also hosted us for a dinner the first day we arrived as well! Thanks Jo for all the meals!

Doug had arranged for us to park on the church’s parking lot and that was a bit help too! Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support over these many years!

One evening we saw this beautiful view…

We also had some other long time friends in he area but they didn’t know these others. Cindy and John came as newlyweds to help us in Alaska in the early 80’s. They were a group of 4 young people helping with VBS in our church and other projects that we needed doing. Since then they have 4 children all grown up now and two married that will soon have their first grandchildren.

We have tried to maintain contact over the years but haven’t seen the. For 9 years so it wa a treat to be able to see them again too! We needed much more time then the short almost w hours that we had…John is a teacher and had to get to work.. They found this quaint restaurant and we all had breakfast together.

As I said, we needed much more time to chat and catch up..but perhaps that will have to wait for heaven! It was great to see them and see how they are doing and hear a bit about their wonderful family! May God continue to bless you and your family, John and Cindy!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our 43rd Wedding anniversary

May 15, 2018

Today is our 43rd Wedding Anniversary! How did that happen? All those years… somehow they just seemed to skip by sooo fast!

We are on the road this year soo it will be a bit different… actually we are looking for something fun to do… But we will see how the weather and travel schedule turns out for us.

Regardless we are still celebrating! Celebrating God’s goodness to us for all those years! For helping us to adjust to one another even these days! For helping us to keep loving each other and to even helping us to care in sickness for one another. We are still learning… and we pray that we won’t stop learning to love and treasure each other. And days like these are ones to have us reflect on God’s goodness to us in all these ways!

Celebrating God’s goodness and our love and faithfulness to each other!

 

Love be to you, Kent!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

On the road…. finally

May 8, 2018

We did leave Flagstaff and headed to our next stop. We had already postponed one stop in Salt Lake City and had to cancel Kent speaking in a church in Utah.. but the truck was released to us!

We started through Arizona and Navajo lands. Then we drove through a beautiful portion of Utah, going through Moab again, then into Colorado! That same drive we’ve made three tines in the last two weeks!

I will show you where we got to stay the night.

It was a beautiful sunset and quiet place to park! Kent talked to the owner of the restaurant and gift shop.

We left early the next morning as we were driving in two days what we had planned to do in three days. So we sort of “kept the pedal to the metal.”

We arrived at our friends place by late afternoon in northern Colorado.

jan for the Roaming Reimers

A visit to a Yak farm

September 5, 2017

Yes, a Yak farm. Until recently I couldn’t have told you what a Yak was but… now I know. I have a cousin…Patti and her husband that live on the Olympic Peninsula here in Washington for several years now. Steve has a job that he can do a lot of it from a home office. His wife Patti  is the daughter of a first cousin of mine. They own about 20 acres and first got some goats…and chickens but eventually got some Yaks and are raising them and they do sell some as well. When we told my neice Jana about going to the Yak farm she wanted to come too. Patti is a cousin of hers too! So we all enjoyed the farm!

Patti gave us the grand tour around the farm. They also have Pygora goats, two Alpacas, chickens and ducks and some dogs. Now Patti as showed us around she also told us a lot of about Yaks… They raise Yaks as apparently they have a nicer temperament than beef but you can eat the meat, you can use the hair for fiber in several ways and you can also use their milk. So very versatile. Patti glows when she talks about her animals and calls them by name and uses, animal heathy “cookies” to coax them to come and see us. We could see that they were a little reluctant to come to clos to us at first but eventually even Jana was able to feed a mother Yak,  a cookie.

It was a fun time meeting these interesting animals and seeing my cousin doing so well.  I praise God for how He has lead Patti and Steve to do this and to love the farm life that they wanted to do. May God continue to encourage you both and give you much wisdom in dealing with these interesting animals.

Click on link  for more pictures :  https://vimeo.com/232461819

Love,

jan com the Roaming Reimer’s

 

My neice Jana comes for a visit

September 1, 2017

Jana is my oldest neice and in fact is only 10 years younger than me, she is the oldest child of my oldest brother,  he is 12 years older than me. I used to babysit for her and her brother and hung out with her mom a lot.

Jan(prounoiced Jay-nah) has always had a special place in my heart. Her birth made me an aunt for the first time! She has been quite adventurous and has come to visit our family in Indiana, Kansas City, Missouri, Pennsylvania of course, and now she also has been living in an RV full time for 4-5 years and she came to visit us in Arizona and now also in Washington. We never know where the next place we will meet up. So we have been able to see her several times this summer. She even came to see our family in Birch Bay a few weeks ago.

She came to see where we are parked now back in May. And because she lives about 3 hours away and had to drive through Seattle traffic…our hosts/and friends had offered for her to stay the night. She did that a few weeks ago and decided to come again A few weeks ago.  She was hoping for good weather and that Mt Rainier would be out..it had been hidden for over two weeks with smoke from the fires burning in British Columbia, Canada that weather had pushed south.

So Jana came again and we had a nice visit. The first evening Mt Rainier was hiding behind clouds…so we talked her into staying another night. So Saturday she and I took off to go to Olympia to the Farmers Market. That was fun but the highlight of the morning was finding the …Tumwater park along the … river. It was a beautiful walk along the edge of the river and seeing the tall evergreens and the falls and the history of the area.

After that… we looked up and there was a clear view of Mt Rainier so we decided to get Kent and drive to the top. Jana had to drive so we could all fit in one car..as our Smart car is only for two passengers.

It was awesome.. we had good views and enjoyed the ride up the mountain. We stoped for dinner and then continued on. I have a lot of pictures, you will have to check out the video to appreciate all we saw! Thanks Jana for driving, so we three could enjoy this together!

 

Check out the video:  https://vimeo.com/232040678

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

 

 

Gardens tour

August 11, 2017

 

Melody and I decided to continue our fun by doing a garden tour the Saturday after our beach trip.  We both love gardens so this was another treat for both of us!

Meldoy bought the tickets and we were all set to go on Saturday morning. She had a great idea to start at house and garden #4 first. It was a great idea!  That allowed us to talk with the owners more as we were there alone at first. We loved all of the gardens but the first one was our favorite one.

There were two gardens beside each other as it was mother and daughter living beside each other. Apparently it was the family farm that the daughter built a new house in some of it. Her parents still lived next door. But Diane and her husband had done a ton of work to carve out these garden areas all around their house. She even had a wooden carving of Bigfoot that was 10 feet tall in her back garden, although I didn’t get a picture of him!

The next garden we went to was her mother’s right next door. Moms garden was older and she had given a ton of starts to her daughter. Mom does some small dish gardens that are given to be auctioned off. So some of her best work was gone as there had been an auction the night before.

She had some bonsai type trees and lots of flowering plants around her yard too. She showed us a large lily blossom and also trumpet flower. I think these were some of her favorites. She also told us about making a huge leaf shaped cement decoration in her garden. She made it herself and it was a wonder!

We had to stop for lunch and went into a small town nearby and ate at a small local restaurant called…. we both had a sandwich and I even got a Huckleberry milkshake as it was available and sounded o good! And it lived up to my expectations  I even talked Melody into tasting it and she said it was good too!

Then back on the road to the next garden, we went to a house that was built in a hill and had a wonderful view of Mt Rainier. The owner was a gardener and a pharmacist. He had done a ton of work around their house as well. But the most interesting to me was his vineyard! He grew a grape that he made into his own wine..a Pinot Gris. He talked at length about how he planted and how he cared for the grapes, even to keeping the birds from eating all the fruit. He and his wife were most interesting and their house, gardens and vineyard were beautiful.

The last garden was also by a house built on a hill again with a view of Mt Rainier. These owners had done a ton of work and they had put in and moved a ton of rock and created beautiful grounds. The wife also does quilting and had some of her quilts displayed through the garden area.

It was a fun garden tour, but there was more! Melody next drove us to the house of some friends of hers. They had a craft fair there and the owners had their own antiques store on the property as well. We walked around looking at the crafts booths and talking to the people. Then Melody took me to see the antique store and we looked around there too. I found a man selling local honey and he was offering tasting. So I tasted a few and again bought a huckleberry honey. Delicious!

The owners and Melody’s friends were talking to her and so I was able to meet them. Very nice people! After awhile I found a place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. I even enjoyed the live music. Then it was time to go home. What a fun and flower filled day! It was just another fun thing to do with Melody! Thanks, friend!

Jan

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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

 

 

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