This Year

Here is a video my family made in the beginning of the year after JJ Heller introduced her new song “This Year” along with a cover contest. Although we didn’t win we had fun putting it together and are happy to have such a cool music video πŸ˜‰


Hello Blog


It’s been awhile.

I practically feel like I’m starting a new blog!

So far 2014 has looked like this for me:

January- I housesat 14 days, we celebrated my parents 25th Anniversary (woot!), and participated in a Civil War reenactment across town.

February – I started leading our HighSchool worship team on Wednesday nights and went with Jordan to Pheonix for 5 days to participate in a Justice For All training and outreach.

March – Enjoyed fellowship around a bonfire, as well as at our Church picnic a couple days later!

April – Performed with a band in our homeschool group’s talent show and celebrated Joshua’s 7th birthday on the 10th along with my Dad’s birthday at the end of the month. AND we went to the Grand Canyon and stayed in a trailer (but that’s a long story for another time)

May – Choreographed Musical Bootcamp and taught 50+ teens in one week!

June – Left for the Dominican Republic on the 6th, Jordan’s 22nd birthday, and had an amazing 2 weeks there working hard, building a great team, reaching out, loving on children and sharing God’s love. I missed Father’s day with my dad, but made him this song. 3 days after arriving back in the states my Dad and I drove my sister to Kansas, her new home! She is now working as an intern with Justice For All!

And that brings us to July! The coming weeks are packed for me, so it’s likely I’ll disappear again, though not so long this time! Family coming into town andΒ a lot of housesitting for my sister and me!

Hope that helps get this blog up to speed πŸ™‚ I’ll be posting about a highlight from my trip to the Dominican Republic soon, so stay tuned…

❀ Riahjoy


PS How do you like the new blog look?

VBS! – 6/3-7/13 {Flashback Friday}

Vacation Bible School is always something I look forward to each year. I love getting to shepherd 6-7 kids around while having lots of fun!

My silly boys from my VBS  group

The silly boys from my VBS group

The boys loved making the “Kingdom” themed crafts. The shields below were quite a hit!

Game time was also always a big hit! Especially the day they turned the gymnasium into a giant Candy Land game board!

One of my favorites was music. It was fun to see how much the children got into learning the moves and words. It was also really great to see how worshipful the children could get praising Jesus!



Although VBS is an amazing week I’m always glad that it only lasts five days at the end πŸ˜‰

My birthday!

On the 17th I had a wonderful winter wonderland birthday party! For the special occasion my sister Jordan made me a dream dress, which was of course orange πŸ˜€

Sweet sixteen!

Sweet sixteen!

My personal designer ;)

My personal designer πŸ˜‰



My wonderful family

My wonderful family

The beautifully decorated room

The beautifully decorated room

Sweet sixteen birthday wishing...

Sweet sixteen birthday wishing…

Silly cousin picture (the only kind there is, right?)

Silly cousin picture (the only kind there is, right?)

Of course, an action shot ;)

Of course, an action shot πŸ˜‰

Chase the squirrel 2


Thanks to all who made my birthday party a huge and wonderful success!

Old Fashioned Family Social!

Our homeschool group just had another dance! As usual I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

All the Newhouse children along with friend Miss C!

The yummy food!

MY little bro a bandit?? Got to admit he’s a pretty cute one Β though…

The Pumpkin Dance!

Pumpkin Winners!

Not a great picture, but thought it would be a good laugh. Look at my feet! Gotta love action shots…

Spring Vintage Ball

This ball was so much fun!

I think I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking…

My lil bro playing with the dress up

Bethany with our little cousin

Cousins! πŸ˜€

Sir Christopher was our gracious and wonderful caller for the night

My grandparents came as a surprise!!

Can’t wait to get the dancing started!

Waltzing with my sister


Now you can be the judge: Do you think I had fun?


Thank you Daddy for the wonderful pictures!Β Aren’t they great πŸ˜‰

The promised pictures from February!


These are so late that there is another ball happening tomorrow night!! I’m so excited πŸ˜€

The only non blurry picture of me. What can I say? I move a lot πŸ˜‰ (and to tell the truth, it is blurry πŸ™„ )

I was hoping for more, but this is all I can get, at least for now. Hopefully I will get pictures up of the coming ball faster then I did with these!