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 😉


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 and a lot of housesitting for my sister and me!

Hope that helps get this blog up to speed 🙂 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?


Sir Knight of the Splendid Way

Here’s a little video I made with my family over the summer for Lamplighter‘s summer reading program. After enjoying the audio drama made by the Lamplighter guild for the book Sir Knight of the Splendid Way we were inspired to create this exciting book trailer!



Mt. Lemmon 7/1-5/13 – {Flashback Friday}

We enjoyed spending the 4th of July week up at our friend’s cabin again this year… Enjoy the pictures!

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Camp Saddlebrooke/House Renovations! 6/11-15/13 {Flashback Friday}

Bethany, Joshua and I got to enjoy a retreat at Camp Saddlebrooke (aka my grandparent’s house 😉 ).

We got to enjoy lovely, cool morning walks…

Morning walk

fun time in the pool…


puzzles (three to be precise)…


and wildlife sightings!

can you see the bobcat?

can you see the bobcat?

…while our parents lived at home during the popcorn removal off our ceilings:

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Thank you SO MUCH Gramma and Papa for having us over while the work was being done so we didn’t have to breathe all the dust (and even that extra night/day because the work was taking longer then planned). Thanks to Mema and Papa too who had Jordan and Daniel!


SetApart Girl Conference – 5/31-6/1/13 {Flashback Friday}

This year’s SetApart Girl Conference was amazing!


We worked with the Ormand’s church and we’re able to use their building to reach a bigger group then last year in my small living room



I am so grateful for the Ormand family and all they did to help grow my vision and share this conference with others!

Daddy’s Birthday! – 4-29-13 {Flashback Friday}

Birthday sign

Delicious chocolate ice cream and cake with whipped cream, cherries, coconut and chocolate sprinkles for breakfast!!!

Delicious chocolate ice cream and cake with whipped cream, cherries, coconut and chocolate sprinkles for breakfast!!!

Presents Yum!

I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful Daddy! He’s loving, caring, thoughtful, a good listener, a hard worker, my teacher, and an amazing husband!

Thank you for…

…Doing {stuff} with me

… Driving {fast} with me

…Daring {far} with me

…Dancing {whenever} with me

…Dreaming {big} with me

I love you Daddy!


Great Papa’s Burial – 4-10-13 {Flashback Friday}


After a short and sweet celebration of Joshua’s birth, we met with our family and said goodbye to our dear Great Grandpa, but oh what peace it brings to know that it was only his old, broken body that we must say goodbye to and never see again; for we know that we will see him in heaven one day with a new, perfect body!

It was such a beautiful celebration of his life, love, and legacy of family, music, and dedication to the King of kings.



Joshua’s Birthday! – 4-10-13 {Flashback Friday}

Joshua turned six this year! What a big boy he is turning out to be 😀 I’m pretty sure his favorite gift was the WHOLE Magic School Bus series!


Zoo – 4-5-13 {Flashback Friday}

When some family came down from Prescott we all enjoyed a day at the zoo! Hope you enjoy a few of the cute pictures my dad and I took 🙂

Josh 1

Josh “scheming”

Josh 2

and “thinking”. What a silly boy!

Josh 3

Trying not to smile for the camera…

Josh 4

and not succeeding!


Giraffe feeding!


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The zoo!

We love our zoo!