New Years Eve Tuesday, Dec 31 2002 

December 31st the end of 2002. What a year this has been! Lots of good stuff!

Had a great day yesterday. Brooke and Kelly Graham came over at about 10:00 am for coffee and homemade cinnamon buns (made by Tamara). The day ended with them leaving about 11:30 pm. We just hung out all day. Kelly was able to pick up his Christmas present at McNally Robinson Bookstore. We met Kelly’s cousin, Reid, as well and he spent the day with us. Great guy! Kelly and Brooke have been in the Dominican Republic for the past 5 months. They have learned soooooo much and have “grown up” in so many ways (Kelly turned 30 on November 22nd). They are very special people in our lives and we are so proud of them. Lots of character building! Not always a fun experience but a necessary one in life.

Now, there was a special person in my life by the name of Geordon Cooper. However, after spending lunch with him and some other great people enjoying “spicy soup”, he then derided my wholesome reputation by posting an entirely unsanctified picture of a person who was “supposedly” me on his blog. I have always trusted Geordon, however, he is going to have to earn my trust back!!!

New Year’s resolutions: I have never been good at these because I invariably don’t follow through, but one resolution I am hoping to follow through on this year is reading through the Bible in 2003. Lakeview Church has encouraged our people to read through the Bible in 2003. Great opportunity! In January 1999 I started a study through the Bible, starting in Genesis. Today I will finish the last 4 chapters of Revelation – my study through Genesis to Revelation is completed – it took me 4 years. I am a bit of a “slow” learner! Reading it through this year will be different, in that, we will read some of the Old Testament; New Testament; Psalms; and Proverbs each day. I am looking forward to that.

We have experienced an exceedingly wonderful Christmas season. Our home has been filled with many people over the holidays and we have consumed much food and enjoyed many laughs. “Laughter doeth good like a medicine” the Scripture says and I hardly agree. We have many wonderful friends who have enriched our lives over the years. We received word today that a dear friend of ours from Brandon, Manitoba, Suzanne Bartlette, suddenly was taken from this earth to join her Heavenly Father. When Jerry and I moved to Brandon, Manitoba, in 1973, not knowing anyone in that City, Peter and Suzanne reached out to us and we became very good friends. It is hard to believe that life passes so quickly. Our sympathy and prayers go out to Peter and their 3 children.

Have a great New Year! May God’s richest blessings be yours in 2003.

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Reading Sunday, Dec 29 2002 

It has been a snowy, lazy Sunday. Had a chance to read one of my Christmas books. Tom gave me the book entitled “Abraham” – A journey to the Heart of Three Faiths written by Bruce Feiler, New York Times Bestselling Author of Walking the Bible.

“At a moment when the world is asking ‘Can the religions get along?’ Abraham stands as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians and Muslims. He holds the key to our deepest fears — and our possible reconciliation.”

It has been a very interesting read so far. Am looking forward to a continued good read.

Christmas Season is over. It was wonderful while it lasted. Christmas Eve came with a surprise visit by Santa. Made for some great excitement in the Reimer household. Christmas Day was great as we spent the day with some pretty special people in our lives, Jordon, Wendy and Mark Cooper. Great time of exchanging gifts and good conversation over some great coffee!! You never want for conversation with Jordon and Wendy around. Darren, Sherryl Friesen and their three children joined us for our Christmas meal. It was a wonderful day all-round. I drank a little too much coffee and ended up cleaning the house until about 3:00 am. At least I had nothing to do the next day.

Spent Friday, December 27th, in Prince Albert visiting my sister Doris and her husband Lorne. Tom, Tamara and Berke Buchko came as well. Berke connected with Brooke and Kelly. Great day! We had given my brother-in-law the book “Young Evangelicals” by Robert Webber. We had some great conversation regarding it. Lorne is a Traditionalist/Pragmatist which made the conversation very lively. Lorne has influenced many people with the giftedness he has in teaching the Scriptures. He is a great guy – even if I don’t always agree with him.

Brooke and Kelly Graham are coming over for the whole day tomorrow. Am looking forward to hearing all their experiences over the past three months while in the Dominican Republic.

Merry Christmas to all! Wednesday, Dec 25 2002 

I have just received this Christmas Gift from Jordon and Jeb. It is a little frightening for me, however, I am so excited that I have been included with the natives! Thanks for your messages of encouragement Jeb, John and Allison, Darren, and Cathy. With all the new books I have received for gifts, I should be able to “wax eloquent” with all the learning I will be doing.

Merry Christmas Tuesday, Dec 24 2002 

Oh Gloria, I hope you enjoy this little present where you can chat it up with the rest of us natives. Thanks for being who you are, it means so much to me. Oh, and I thought the choking thing at the top was playful, it gives a little insight into your zany character. Yeah, I know I’m dead. But thanks for being caring when I was alive.

Jeb

Merry Christmas Tuesday, Dec 24 2002 

Happy Christmas Gloria!!! I hope you enjoy this gift (even if it’s not from me). You are so wonderful to have around. Thank you for helping to keep me sane.

Darren

Seasons Greeting’s Thursday, Dec 19 2002 

Am off to eat your food while you are reading this. Mark is probably playing your piano with sticky fingers. Must go and stop him. – Wendy

Merry Christmas Gloria! Thursday, Dec 19 2002 

Merry Christmas!
Welcome to the dark and mysterious world of the Illuminati, err, I mean blogging (same difference). Jeb, John, or I can help you change anything you don’t like or add anything that you want. Since there is a some good chance that I am reading this over your shoulder on Christmas morning, I should get downstairs before Mark breaks anything or does anything to my coffee.