Hello Blog

Wow.

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?

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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…

Pool

puzzles (three to be precise)…

Puzzle

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!

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!

Music

 

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

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.