Archive for the ‘Trips’ Category

A trip to South Dakota

October 10, 2017

A few weeks ago…. we took a trip to South Dakota. But this time we didn’t move our rig, we flew! Yes to Rapid City, South Dakota to do some necessary business. Then we played tourists!

So we first went to see Mount Rushmore at the National Park site. I was excited to use my newly acquired Senior Park Pass, as I was finally old enough to get one. Until the end of August they were only $10 for a lifetime of visiting any national park in the US. Sooo we couldn’t pass up that bargain! But this national park doesn’t cost to get in…only to park.

We walked around the national park and then watched the video explaining how it was built. Fabulous and so difficult to get it done. It took 14 years to build and was fraught with many obstacles along the way. And near the end of the project the main sculptor died and his son who had been working with him all along, finished it.  Mt Rushmore celebrated its 75th year last year in 2016. Here is a link with some interesting facts about it:https://matadornetwork.com/trips/75-surprising-facts-mount-rushmore/

We really enjoyed the monument and walking around…I even had some famous ice cream with the recipe from President Jefferson. Of course they sell it right there at the monument!

Then we drove on to Custer State Park. Learn more here:http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/parks-monuments/custer-state-park

Kent had heard this was a great drive and also good for seeing lots of wildlife. Apparently they have a round up of their herd of buffalo once a year, we missed it by one week! Oh well! We did have an wonderful drive through beautiful scenery and saw lots of bison, some deer and antelope and lots of wild donkeys. We also took about a two mile hike through a forested area and then a meadow. It was up hill and down hill and we enjoyed it. I had to stop a few times to rest as the elevation was higher and I just haven’t quite fully recovered from my cancer surgery yet. But it was a great time!

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At the end of the day we were in Keystone and found a nice place to eat a Bison steak! That was delicious and we met some interesting people. It is always kind of hard for us to answer the first question people ask you…”Where are you from.” So it often sparks more conversation because of our answer , “in a RV “. That wasn’t a full day.

So we had almost another whole day before we flew back to Seattle..so the next day we headed out to Sturgis, South Dakota. It is most known for the largest motorcycle rally in the world. Of course we had to check out the museum and local Harley Davidson store. So lots of pictures of that in this video.

We also had enough time to check out Fort Meade in South Dakota and drive around the area there too. I hope you enjoy our little trip to South Dakota. We did!

Click here to see a video with lots of pictures:Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park: https://vimeo.com/237678695

Another video of Sturgis, South Dakota…motorcycle city of the world:https://vimeo.com/237679520

love,

jan for the roaming Reimer’s

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A visit with Kent’s parents to a Heritage museum

September 28, 2017

We had heard about a new museum in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada… so we asked mom and dad about it and they wanted to go. And they said yes, so we went last week. It was a short drive to the border and the museum also. We did get tod rive through some of the beautiful farm country of th Fraser Valley and that was an extra bonus.

This museum was built by a Canadian Mennonite who wanted to allow other generations to know what their ancestors went through to get to have the freedom and heritage they have. Kent’s dad’s family heritage is also Mennonite and so we were all very interested. The museum didn’t charge and there was a very nice docent who could answer a lot of questions and after an hour or so even got us a wheelchair  for dad to sit in while we read all the information and history that was on the walls.

There is a LOT to read but all very interesting. There was also some interactive interviews on a computer screen. Also very interesting to “hear” these people’s memories of what they went through coming to America. Most of the people that came to that part of Canada came later than dad’s relatives but there was lots of history that was the same. Very interesting!

We all read read and looked around for several hours and then it was a good time for lunch so we went to a local family style restaurant that had some historic kartifacts of its own. Lunch was good and it was good to sit for awhile.

Then we asked mom and dad if they wanted to go back and they said yes… so we did and we stayed another couple of hours until they were closing about 4 pm. The museum also had a whole area of books written by and about the Mennonite’s history and their struggles in coming to this continent. Also about their contributions, not only in farming, which is great but in all levels of society. It was most interesting for me to see how they were some wonderful and gifted artists among the Mennonites while they lived in the Netherlands.

There was also a floor that was entirely made up of achives of records of the mennonites. This was only available with permission to research your family tree. We weren’t up to that on this day but Kent’s mom has traced dad’s family back pretty far from sources on the American side. And they have met some of the people that were pictured at this museum too!

Once in the car, we drove past one of the Christian Colleges that the Mennonites had started in British Columbia..and Kent had been recommending for years. We thought we wanted to see what the campus looked like. Nice!

It was a wonderful and informative day and we were tired after that. So we drove back to America and our homes. Mom and dad seemed to really enjoy this outing too! Kent and I surely did too!

Check out more pictures here:https://vimeo.com/235853224

jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

 

Church camp out

August 22, 2017

Kent and I have been trying to help a church here in the Seattle area this summer. Kent has met with the pastors and some others and has been trying to help them think through the next big mission project they are wanting to do.

Two weekends ago the church went on a camp out. They rented a huge campground not too far from the church with pool, lake and all kinds of fun activities. We decided to join them in our own RV house but to be a part of it. Kent and I love camps and camping so this was great.

We had a main speaker who challenged us with God’s Word and principles to apply to our lives and we also had small groups to talk about what we learned. We had fun games and some free time and ended with a service where people came from the church but who had not stayed for the weekend and then 15 people got baptized in the lake. It was an awesome time and now I am sad to think of leaving this amazing group of believers in Christ. But we still had two weeks with them and then we will be moving to our next place. We so enjoyed this church body though and this weekend helped make that more so!

A video of some of the fun: https://vimeo.com/230602102

Love,

jan for the Roaming reimers

Beach trip with my Friend, Melody

July 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your friend,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

For more pictures follow this video link:

https://vimeo.com/225790177

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

Ministry trip to the Philippines

March 29, 2017

Kent and I only had one week to get ready for our next trip. We were very excited to be able to go to see the Philippines as our daughter Kara had been there for her student teaching at the missionary kid school in Manila in 2003. It is hard to believe it is that long ago.

Our purpose to go was to find out the kinds of workers our missionary team needs there. So the friend director had an agenda and pretty well planned our time for us. We got to three different and distinct parts of the country and we were so grateful for our missionary hosts in all the locations. It was anything but a vacation as we were going early each day and all day long. We were so grateful for all the pastors we met and all the missionaries and to see most of the ministries they are involved in as well. We prayed with the people we met and tried to be encouraging in any way we could.

Because I took so many pictures it will be better to show you our trip better in video. It is in three parts so please enjoy them all. I did not add music as I am not that good at that yet. But video two has several videos imbedded with music or noise. I hope you enjoy them.

Philippine trip -part 1:https://vimeo.com/207335165

part two:https://vimeo.com/210708356

part three:https://vimeo.com/209020709

We returned after two weeks encouraged but very tired after all the travel and ready to rest at home a bit!! We had very exciting persons coming to see us too!

Jan for the very much Roaming Reimer’s

 

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

 

 

A Very Special Family Event

June 17, 2016

A few weeks ago Kent and I accompanied his parents to a wedding of one of their granddaughters. We had planned to go and encouraged them to go with us. We drove a day before to  a cousins house in Seattle and had a nice evening and time to catch up before the trip. This was so we didn’t have to fight traffic in the morning. So our time to get to the airport was much easier. Our flights went well and we arrived at our destination without any problems. Our daughter and her 18 month old son had traveled ahead of us and already had the rented van and picked us up and we were on to our way to our rented house.

We had a couple of days to rest and enjoy our grandson before the rest of the family gathered. Ivan entertained us often!

My other sister-in-law, Jamie and Glen held a brunch for all the family to gather and visit at their rented house. It was fun seeing everyone and just hanging out some. Then we all had to get ready for the wedding and go to it.

Our niece’s wedding was a beautiful event and we so enjoyed being able to be there for it. It was very special to have Kent’s parents there. They were the only living grandparents. So it was a special time.

The family that was there. All but one of us.

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On Sunday morning some of us went to see the racetrack where Kent’s brother works part time selling programs during the racing season. It is a beautiful venue and we got to see the horses run that morning. Ivan our 18 month old grandson enjoyed that and the jockeys enjoyed seeing him too!

Then the entire family had a nice brunch at a lovely restaurant and afterwards we all went to Kent’s brothers house for a celebration of Kent’s parents early 70th wedding anniversary. Since all but one member of the family was there it seemed appropriate to commemorate this event together. Of course we had cake and took pictures!

Monday everyone starting to leave and gradually it was just Kent and I and his folks. We had decided to stay a few days after the wedding to visit with the brides parents a little more. That was nice and then it was our time to return home too. Our flights were pretty good although we had some turbulence on our last leg. But after our drive back to mom and dads house. they were glad to get home again.

Kent and I stayed overnight with a friend and then weeded dads garden in the morning before we left to drive back to where our RV is parked. We are so grateful for this trip!

Thanks Ron and Jan for all of your help and the hosting!

This  video link shows lots more pictures and some of the fun we had! These pictures were taken by our daughter and son-in-law as he is a better photographer than me. So follow this link to see more pictures:https://vimeo.com/171137891

love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

 

Ministry trips and family visits

March 1, 2016

January 14th saw us once again on a plane flying to the Northwest for a city wide missions event. It is always a pleasure to go to Mission Connexion but this year even more so. We had two days of non stop visiting with people interested in serving God in some way as a missionary. We had some great conversations and many prayers while trying to help those seeking to serve. Here Kent is listening to a young missionary to be.

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Thankfully we did have some co-workers that also were there to help. We are grateful for these conferences where God allows us to impact more people to join the missionaries worldwide.

After the conference we had decided to stay in the Northwest and drive to see Kent’s parents for a short visit. On our way to mom and dad’s house, we also got in a quick visit over dinner with Kent’s sister and husband as well as a lunch with some new friends also.

Mom and dad were doing pretty well, although there were several things we helped them with. Knowing me, you probably aren’t surprised that I went outside to the garden and other outdoor chores as Kent helped with inside jobs. We also got to stay with an old friend Ed and visited his wife in a nursing home too. We left mom and dad after two days to visit a first cousin on our way to our next stop.

 

 

 

We flew to Denver to be at WorldVenture’s Annual Renewal conference. This is held in January and is 2 days of prayer and a day with Bible teaching and worship, and the president speaks explaining  where we as a mission are heading. Then there were some seminars to help our missionaries deal with their lives and ministries abroad. It was a busy and almost non stop week but so good.

Another blessing is the we get to stay with our daughter and family during this time. Kara and Nick are always hospitable and we adored having a chance to see Ivan if only a little in the mornings. He was usually  in bed by the time we returned. So we did arrive the weekend before and stay the weekend after. We did get to celebrate Kent’s birthday with them while visiting Kara and Nick and Ivan. Ivan liked it as he clapped his hands for grandpa. Hah!

This year Kara and Nick were able to arrange a marriage retreat for the weekend after our conference..so guess who got to babysit Ivan? Yes, grandma and grandpa and we all had a blast!  Ivan did look around their house for mom and dad but then settled down to just grandpa and grandma. I think he was very glad to see mommy and daddy when they returned on Sunday afternoon too.

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So God really blessed us on this trip! We are always grateful for any time to spend with our family. And little Ivan was just so adorable and fun! He truly is our “gift from God” as his name means.

Gratefully yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

A Wonderful Unexpected Visit

July 8, 2015

A week after we came back from our anniversary trip to Eastern Europe, we were gladly heading back north on I-5 to Seattle. Our daughter Kara and Husband Nick and Ivan were coming to Seattle for a few days.  Nick had some training at Microsoft’s headquarters in Seattle but they came a few days before so everyone could go and visit Kent’s parents who live about 2 hours north of Seattle.

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What a very special time we all had!! Ivan was just over 6 months old and such a delightful little boy. Everywhere we went he seemed to smile at anyone that looked at him!!

We had a very pleasant visit with Kent’s Parents for two days. We were able to go to church with them and “show off” Ivan. How precious! We also got a rare 4 generation picture.

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Kara, Nick and Ivan were able to stay with a dear friend Ed Karber. Ed and his wife Goldie have prayed for our family for years and they are very dear friends almost like another set of grandparents.

Goldie is now in a care facility. We all went and visited her. She even got to hold Ivan. So sweet!

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We returned to Seattle and Kent and I were able to stay with first cousins of Kent’s. And then LeAnn Kent’s sister came from Portland and spent a few days with all of us.  We all enjoyed Ivan. While NIck had his training we had time to visit and enjoy being together.

Kara took Kent and I to a garden area nearby. It was great as we walked and talked Ivan slept in his stroller. Yeah!

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All too soon it was time for Kara and Ivan to go and meet Nick to fly home. But we had time for a few more cuddles and some pictures. It was a very blessed visit!!

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We do miss seeing this little guy grow up but are so grateful for every minute that we do see and hold him. And see his parents too! Ivan is a big blessing to our entire family.

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For more pictures of this wonderful visit. See them at:https://vimeo.com/132772682

Love, from Jan for the Roaming Reimers