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Visiting and helping Kara and family

July 14, 2018

After our conference and celebration with our mission, we had planned a week to help Kara and Nick with some more house projects. Kent had several projects…figuring out an electrical issue and also fixing the watering system. He and Kara and Ivan helped as well!😀

Kara and I worked on moving some metal landscape trim as it had popped out of the soil. I helped with some plants and then got sick, so didn’t help the second day.

i also made some pillows for Kara to give a pop of color to her two couch areas. I worked on them before her party but then finished them afterwards.

Oh, yes they held a big house warming party for their friends and we got to be a part of that and even made some new friends as well!

We also had lots of time with Ivan playing with trains, reading books and tickling too! It was a great week visiting and helping out too!

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Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling east and finding fun places to stay

June 10, 2018

We have been traveling along many red or country roads for the last few weeks. Kent and I really enjoy that. We both were raised on farms and so really enjoy these drives.

We are always on the look out for low overpasses and small bridges and places to pull off the road safely due to the weight of our RV house and the big truck so we can enjoy all these places. Just the same we do find all kinds of fun places to stay.

Kent has an app for his mobile devices that helps us find some of these places to park overnight for free. Yes, that is right for FREE! Now some of you know that Walmart’s often allow an RV to park overnight in their parking lots. I am sure some of you have seen RVs parking at some Walmarts near you. And we do park at some Walmarts. But there are lots of other places to park for free.

Of course, having friends or family with big enough property for us to park on has been one of the biggest blessings on this trip. And when needed they gave us electric…so we can use either heater(when it is cold) or air conditioning when it is hot or humid! We also got some fresh water from some hosts and several have allowed us to wash our clothes too.

Some of you are wondering what do you do about dumping our tanks? Well, we look for places like campgrounds, fairgrounds and other places that will allow us to dump either for free or a few dollars. Now we are not unwilling to park in a RV campground or other places where we have full hookup BUT we feel like it is like a treasure hunt to find places where we don’t have to pay…to stay.

So here is a collage of some of the places including friend’s houses where we have parked for free… you can see some of them were in the country and some more in the city but all interesting and fun!

We have now traveled through the following states…leaving Arizona, traveling through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania.

We have driven on a few major highways but many more smaller red or side roads..we try to avoid dirt roads as the stones might damage our RV and truck😒! We love driving through the small towns… some have been as small as less than 100 and of course some large cities as well.

We have met many wonderful people on our way. We have been in churches and even a Cowboy Church in Colorado. We have met people in parks, in parking lots, some stores, in a few restaurants.

And we have seen lots of scenery along the way. From the red rocks of Utah to the rolling hills of Iowa and Nebraska to the flatter farmland of Illinois and Indiana to the beautiful scenery in Michigan and finally the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. We have seen all kinds of crops being raised…corn, soybeans, northern beans, wheat, and alfalfa…this only what we could see from the roads. We heard about hydroponic tomatoes being raised in a huge greenhouse in Nebraska.

We have seen all kinds of herds of cattle, goats, alpacas and a HUGE sheep herd that we had to slowly drive along with them as they were being herded by horse and sheep dog around us and other motorists in Colorado. And in Pennsylvania have seen the many herds of dairy cows.

We have had a lot for fun, finding places for lunch along the way…we try to find a place to stop and have lunch in our RV but often meet some locals in the process. One day in Nebraska a local came to see if we had broken down or needed any help? Kent chatted with him and got to know a lot about the little town we had stopped in! We really enjoy the small towns and don’t mind slowing down to enjoy them.

We also have had tons of people slow down their vehicles as they drive past us. So they can take a picture or video of us and our unusual rig carrying our little smart car…

We find the people of America to be so friendly and helpful! And we love traveling through it to find those people. We feel so fortunate to be a citizen of this great country and able to travel from state to state and meeting all these wonderful people and many of them are our dear friends who have supported us through these 40 years of ministry!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Some more ways God is caring for us

June 5, 2018

When we left hot and humid Michigan and drove to Ohio to see friends.. we realized that the truck’s air conditioning had stopped working! Well, we both looked at each other and said “it was hotter in Brazil” and opened our windows and kept driving.

When we stopped for lunch Kent was able to locate a dealership and they would look at the truck the next morning so once we were parked. We visited Doug and Jo and told them… they prayed and God answered all of our prayers!

The truck repair place said IF it would be less than 4 hours, they could fix it. And they were able to!

Yeah! The last few days in the summer heat and humidity was much more comfortable! Thanks for praying and thank you God!

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

Seeing friends who are adult children of dear friends

May 16, 2018

The next friends we visited also did support us. But our real connection is in being friends with the parents of Jena the wife and mother of his household. We were there when Jena graduated first from high school, then college and we also attended their wedding now a long time ago… We haven’t seen them in person for many years…probably since 2009. But we do keep in touch with their lives a bit through Jenas parents who we see and contact more frequently. Since we last saw them, their kids have all grown up! They are now looking into what is next! College, work etc! It seems hard to believe that they have grown up sooo fast! Jena and Scott now have 7 children from ages 17-3 years old, it is a beautiful and busy household with 4 boys and 3 girls and all those various ages to help, encourage, guide etc.

We shared some missionary stories and thanked them for their part in God’s ministry through and in us. It was so fun to see this family and to be a small part of their lives for one evening. They allowed us to park on their property and see their little farm. They also have sheep and had chickens… so it was a beautiful stop in all these ways!

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As you can see from this picture above…it was hard to get all of us together for a picture… but we sure had a good time!

Having a great time, Roaming the US.

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoying the beautiful countryside

May 15, 2018

Kent and I have been able to drive a lot of “red” roads recently. We do have to sure the overpasses and bridges can handle our height and a bit heavy rig and truck but we sooo enjoy the countryside.

We have been driivng through Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa recently.  It really is so encouraging to us, as we are two farmer kids, to see the fields plowed and planted with crops. We mostly have seen corn, beans, alfalfa and a little wheat and lots of grazing cattle and some sheep. The little green sprouts coming up with their bright “spring” green color are so fun to see!

We traveled to a small town in southern Iowa so also drove through lots of Iowa farming area too! The couple, Dave and Nancy that we went to see had supported us a long time ago and then had to stop because they kindly supported his sister and family in ministry. We certainly understood that and still wanted to find them and stop by to say Hi and thank them for supporting us back in the beginning of our ministry, when it particularly encouraged us to keep going. We had not seen them for about 34 years.

This is what they looked like when we last saw them…

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Dave and Nancy have a small acreage in a small town. It was such a pleasure to get re-acquainted and to hear about their children and grandchildren! And their dreams for their farm. We enjoyed their chickens, and their little puppy as well as their farm. Nancy allowed us to do some laundry as well. I really appreciated that too!

Kent was able to speak in their small church even being Mothers day! It was such a treat to meet the people and to share stories of Gods using missionaries around the world. We felt the people really enjoyed them too!

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Afterwards Nancy and Dave invited the pastor and his wife to have dinner with all of us. That was another blessing to get to know them a little too. We had a delicious meal prepared by Nancy, complete with a delicious Homemade Lemon Merangue Pie that we’d haven’t had for a long time.

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Before long it was time to go down the road. So it was hard to say goodbye, but Nancy had a fun way, with fresh eggs from their chickens, some beautiful “Lily’s of the Valley” bouquet to perfume my RV house as well as a thank you card… I felt like I should be giving her the thank you card! They certainly sent us off with a wonderful refreshed feeling! Thanks for your gracious hospitality, Dave and Nancy!

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Love and Gratitude especially to Dave and Nancy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A new Friend

May 9, 2018

Kent and I make friends fairly easily! Sooo when we took a flight from Phoenix to and got to talking with a very nice man at the gate that was going to be on our flight…it was nothing new.

We asked him about his life and found that we had a friend in the same line of work. We talked a bit more and he gave us his business card and said if we were ever in Wyoming to look him up… I do suspect that none of us really thought that would happen. I did email him a few times as he seemed interested in our mobile lifestyle.  But we happened to be going through his town…so I did call hIm up and he came to see our house and truck set up. We then went to dinner and talked for several hours. He is a fascinating man and we felt like we had a new friend! I think he said the same. We won’t ever forget this encounter and this man!

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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 different trip

May 3, 2018

The next day after we realized that our truck would not be ready to pull our RV house, we left in our little Smart car to drive to Grand Junction, Colorado where Kent has another aunt and uncle and some first cousins. They graciously hosted us overnight and then we drove on to Denver. This trip all together was about 1,400 miles round trip… I have put together a short video showing the much varied landscape we drove through. The pictures were mostly taken through the windshield of our moving car..so you see some glare at times.

We got to stay with Kara, Nick and Ivan. Ivan and I took Kent to the airport the next morning. Ivan went with Kent and I to the airport using Kara’s car with the car seat of course…then Ivan and I had some fun before going back to their house. We stopped at Chick-fil-A and had a small ice cream cone! Yum!

We also found these really cool Batman sunglasses for Ivan! He really had fun with these!

and bath time fun too!

I stayed with Kara and family for the next few days and tried to help them with different things. We even did some trimming of bushes and digging out things that they didn’t wasn’t. After we got started, I found some “friends” living in the soil.

Now I am NOT at all a friend of snakes…sooo I kept my eye on this one as I worked and when he moved….so did I! It was a real exercise in keeping my FEAR in check! But he and I seemed to be ok for over an hour. The next day when we tried to work there, there were THREE more!!! So Kara and I decided to NOT work in that area that day, as we didn’t know where they were in the bushes and undergrowth as it was fairly thick! I think Kara is going to try to get someone to come and take them away… But I won’t be there again until July, so I don’t have to worry about them!

I loved having Ivan come to my bedroom and “wake” me up even when he came in and jumped on me!😀

I did get to babysit for Kara several times and one afternoon I babysat for Ivan and a friend’s two youngest kids. The kids had fun playing together in and outside the house.

The last evening before I went to pick Kent up at the airport…Kara took me out for dinner. It was so sweet and nice! I miss being close enough to see her more and help her more but we do have these times when we are all together for a week or so. That is special!

Kent came back to Denver from a mission influencers conference in Washington state. It had been quite a good conference and he was very encouraged with those that attended. He has been going and often speaking at it for many years now. He missed last year because it was right after my cancer surgery.

We had one more day in Denver. Kent had a eye dr’s appointment and then we had lunch with some friends and supporters. It was great to see Dale and Peggy and to hear how God is working in their lives too.

We did get to babysit Ivan so Kara and Nick could have a date night that last night there. We had one more present for Ivan… a bubble blower. He had lots of fun with it! I had a short video of him playing with it… for some reason I can’t get it to load here.. so you will have to take my word that he had a lot of fun!😀

The next morning we got ready and left Denver to drive back to Grand Junction, then back to Flagstaff to see if our truck was fixed. Almost 700 miles one way so about 1,400 miles round trip… I was ready to get out of our car for a bit! But we were grateful for a safe and prosperous journey!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A little rest and change in plans

May 3, 2018

Kent had planned for us to “rest” for a bit after the last few hectic weeks! After leaving his aunt’s place we went to some BLM land that anyone can park on for free for up to 14 days. We have parked in BLM land near here before but not this place. As he pulled off the road so early in the day, I asked what he had in mind…and he told me ” A few days of rest!” I was elated! As I was feeling pretty tired too.

Our camping place:

Now when we ” camp” like this, it usually means reading a lot (Kent read 4 books and me two one of which was really big!) and minimal meals and sometimes Kent even cooks over our fire… But rest! I also wanted to burn some old papers. So a fire was a must one day. We only had one once because of the wind most days.

Our fire:

We also met another couple camping there and had them over for some conversation. We meet some of the most interesting people.

Well, because it had been soooo hot in Phoenix (nearly 100 degrees) I had not baked Kent any cookies for a long time..so that was one of my goals as well.

So we had three quiet days..and then the fourth day was very windy. Well, our rig doesn’t do well in high winds soo, we got to stay put another day.

So on the 5th day though, we were anxious to get on the road… we were all ready to pull out when Kent said there is something wrong with my truck… opps!

We do have mobile truck service and so called them. Thankfully we were only 10 miles from Flagstaff. If this had happened the next day, we would have been hundreds of miles from the nearest big city to find a truck repair place. So right away, Kent unhooked the RV house and left me to be there while he tried to get the help our truck needed. After several hours, Kent came back with a tow truck and they towed the truck back to town for repairs. Kent looked up some old friends and they got me and they hosted us for the evening meal, which was very sweet of them.

Kent went back to the truck repair place and realized that the truck wasn’t going to be fixed that day, so we went back to our RV house for the night. The next day, after a few hours of waiting for parts to come and be installed, we realized that the truck wouldn’t be done soon. We had to get to Denver for Kent to fly out to Portland, Oregon… so. We found someone to tow our RV house to a safe place for about a week. The truck repair facility was willing to allow us to park it there, so that was where someone so kind, towed it for us for FREE.

We felt God surrounding us with Christians to encourage us! We make our plans BUT GOD directs our steps… so our plans had to change and we were looking for why God had directed us to make different plans.

Watch for the next blog….

Grateful,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers