Archive for the ‘Trips’ Category

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

Now …the Danube River Cruise

July 1, 2015

What can we say? This River Cruise was very spectacular! It was all we had hoped for and more!!!

Since we have never been on a large cruise ship except to see them in our town in Alaska, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We were attracted to this River cruise because it was smaller boats with only about 160 guests and 40 some crew. We had the opportunity to sit where we wanted for dinner and could intermingle with all the guests better that way. A lot of stuff was already included and it was a more intimate and peaceful feel to it. I liked the fact to that it cruised during the day, sometimes so you could enjoy the beauty around you.

So we started off in Budapest. We had been there already for two days but had not gone to the spots that the cruise city guides went to on purpose. So on Sunday afternoon we went to get settled into our rooms and have a quick bite to eat on the ship as we were instructed. People were still arriving all evening.

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We had heard of a OLD coffee house and looked it up. It was one of those that were lavish inside. We took some pictures but all the patrons were eating and having coffee outside..as it was such a nice spring day.

The next day we had a English speaking city tour guide and bus to take us around the city. We saw by Heroes Square, where all the Hungarian Heroes were in Statues, and the beautiful Art Museum. We also got to see the beautiful Mattias Church on the hilly Buda side. I was so glad that we also got to see the inside of it. They drove us all around the city and we saw many beautiful buildings. They were quick to tell us the Hungary used to be a large empire before communism that is. That was a bit of history that I learned.

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We ended our day back on the ship and some Hungarian entertainers with their typical music. It was a good first day. We sailed away from Budapest at night. What a beautiful night time scene.

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The second day found us in Bratislava the capital of Slovakia. I loved this quaint capital. It was smaller and less commercialized and we had a wonderful witty, city guide. we still saw old building We also made some new friends from our cruise.  streetIMG_3143IMG_3146  IMG_3115

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Our 3rd day we went to another capital, Vienna, Austria. It was a cloudy day but thankfully did not rain on us. But again beautiful old buildings, coffee houses and in the evening Kent and I went to a concert to hear Mozart and Strauss music at a concert hall in Vienna.

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Our fourth day we cruised through the day in the beautiful and scenic Wachau valley. Many old buildings and a few castles and vineyards dotted the landscape. We did have some rain so the pictures are not as bright as they might have been.

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We then stopped at the town of Melk and were taken to see the beautiful Franciscan Melk Abbey on the top of the hill. WOW! See for yourself. The second picture is the ceiling of the chapel

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Day 6 Docked at Linz, Austria but we had an all day trip by bus to Salzburg. Much of the movie “Sound of Music” was filmed here as well as many old buildings and history.

Although it was a rainy day you could see the tops of the Alps mountains on our way.

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Our last stop was in Passau, Germany. This is a small town on the border of Germany with Austria. It was a nice small town to end our journey. We had an entire day here and so were able to see

Sauerkraut at a Farmer’s Market that we got to visit.

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We also got to have a free Organ concert at the local cathedral. Beautiful! It was also the actual day of our 40th Anniversary and so we had a special time with our new friends. We also said goodbye to the crew as we all were leaving in the morning.

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This was the end of our cruise. It was a great time. We still had three days in Germany to enjoy before heading back to the United States.

For those that want more pictures I have put a video together and here is the link for that. Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/132347784

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Inter-country train trip and making new friends

June 9, 2015

After our four days in Prague we hopped on a intra-country train. I had purchased reserved seats though I got second class, before we left the United States and was very glad of it as we had the window seat then with a small table to put our food on. I had purposely picked the second class as it would give us more opportunity to get to know anyone that spoke English.

We boarded the train in Prague, Czech Republic and went through a portion of Slovakia and then into Hungary. We knew it was supposed to be a 6 hour trip and so we had some food and drinks that we had picked up at a local store. They also had a small dining car but we were fine except for a coffee during the day. This train was really not for tourists but that is why we wanted to try it. It was more than half the cost of flying and quicker so we thought “why not?”

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We had a wonderful day too. the beautiful scenery went by our window and as it was a beautiful sunny day we could sit back and enjoy it. We had very nice travel companions, several Canadian students and others who spoke English well and several Czech people who also knew some English. that came and went as their stops came up. We were some of the few that stayed on the entire trip.

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It ended up taking us 8 hours as the train conductor and ticket taker got off at the Hungarian border as they were done for the day and did not cross the border. At least that is what we thought was the problem…without fully knowing the language you are never sure.

But we sat on the train for 2 hours waiting and finally two men came on and we got going again. It really reminded us of living in Brazil and just waiting until they were ready to take you  on.

Once we arrived in Budapest we soon found our hotel. It was a smallish one and the front doors sort of hide what is behind them. The front desk people were fluent in English and very helpful, so we were soon checked in and able to leave our luggage and go check out the city.

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The next day we met up with our co-workers and we had some delicious coffee and pastry together. They took us to some of the sites and also to the city market. I love going to markets in other countries or towns. It kind of tells you what the people eat and a little of their crafts too. So whenever possible we go to markets. We ended up having a late snack at the market which is always fun.

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The next day was Sunday and our co-workers asked us to join them at their International church. We had a wonderful time there and I so enjoying singing in English and taking communion there. There were people from many different countries represented there too. Fun!

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We really enjoyed meeting these co-workers and felt that they were encouraged by our time together.

We stopped at the California coffee house for coffee and to check our emails. We knew once on the cruise our internet would be sparse. It has an interesting name and it was filled with young people looking as if they were studying for exams. We felt right at home among them, although they looked at us kind of funny! I must Kent with his full white beard and mustache did draw looks at times.

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Stay “tuned” for part 3 which will be the cruise.

For more pictures of this part of our journey check out this video at vimeo.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

40th Anniversary trip/ Part 1- Prague

June 7, 2015

We recently returned from a 2 week trip to Eastern Europe. We wanted to visit some new countries and were able to get three new ones.  We arrived in Prague, Czech Republic by plane after traveling about 18 hours. We were so grateful that we had a colleague meet us to help us find our place to stay.

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We had several days there. We visited with one of our missionary families. That was a real treat and to meet their 6 children too. The father met us at the airport and was invaluable in helping us locate the place where we were staying. they also invited us to have a meal with them the next day and that was so sweet too.

Seeing beautiful old Prague was wonderful too. We found a great place to stay through a website called airbnb. We had a great view

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We were within walking distance of most of the old town. So we walked all over for the days we were  there.

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Oh yes, for those of you who know Kent well…you will see a big change in him. He has grown a full beard and mustache and it is all white! So he looks very different… but this is not the first time he has grown a beard and so I am getting used to it.

One great memory was that we went for a free city tour and the guide who spoke English didn’t have any other customers so gave us a private tour. Wow! That was special and at the end we asked him to join us for a bit of lunch, and then we got to know him better. That was a highlight for us.

We loved seeing the old and beautiful city of Prague. We met some nice people and made at least one new friend.

An Indian lady stayed with us in the airbnb apartment that we rented a room in. She was very sweet and invited us to visit her in India.

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Here is the link for a video with more pictures of our time in Prague. You will need to check it out in vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/search?q=Pre+cruise+visit+to+Prague

Come back to see more pictures of our adventure.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers