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?


The Past 4 Months in Pictures – part 2

Here’s our July trip to Mt. Lemmon in Pictures:

I hope you enjoyed the pictures (even though they were a bit late πŸ˜› )!

The Past 4 Months in Pictures – part 1

The set up for the Set-Apart Girl conference

The Set-Apart Girls!

Our Set-Apart Lunch πŸ˜‰

Jordan’s Birthday Dinner

My VBS group of 2nd graders!

Skyping with Aunt Becki on the projector just because we could πŸ˜‰ This is where the topic of me coming to visit came up… and then came true!

The beautiful flowers Mema and Papa (my mom’s parents) gave us after our Musical Bootcamp performance

Three of our chickens trying to lay eggs… Sausage in the way back, squeak on the side, and Pot Pie in the front who we no longer get eggs from since her death 2 weeks ago 😦

The pretty eggs!


I hope you enjoyed and got caught up a bit on my busy Summer! More to come πŸ˜€

April 2012

I just realized today that I never posted about the month of April! Sorry!

Here is what I discovered this month:

  • That I don’t know the 10 plagues God sent to Egypt πŸ™„
  • I LOVE frogs! (did I mention that last time?)
  • Cousin and Aunt time is AMAZING
  • I miss my Uncle 😦
  • Scrap-booking from 8am-8pm with the only break being spent doing sign language at a funeral is VERY draining
  • Some people thing my photography is worth a Best of Class ribbon!

Here’s my month in pictures:

*click on the pictures to see them bigger

Note: My dad had his birthday as well, but I couldn’t find a great picture 😦

March 2012

March, one of the busiest months in Arizona because of theΒ amazing weather. Let’s see what fun things happened this month!

Here is what I discovered this month:

  • Hydroponics do not grow in our house
  • A lot of new stuff about my Church which just celebrated it’s 60th birthday!
  • I enjoy volleyball while it lasts, but the next day… πŸ˜› (maybe I’m doing it wrong?)
  • I really like catching frogs

Here’s my month in pictures:

No real reason this is here, I just thought it was too cute not to share!

Enjoying the new Elephant exhibit at the zoo

We have five Elephants in all

Isn't the little one cute?

The little lion cubs at the zoo aren't so little anymore!

The big truck that comes every month to drop off food for our large food order from Azure (don't worry, we aren't the only ones ordering all the food πŸ˜‰ )

Who says donuts aren't good for you?

Lots of cousin time! (pretty pink nail polish don't you think?)

That’s all for March. I apologize for it being posted so late… I will try to do better in the future.

PS I did not lie to you about posting pictures of something that happened in February. I have FINALLY got them and will post them as soon as I go through them πŸ˜‰

February 2012

Wow! I think I’m going to end up saying that every month, but really, wow. February has gone by so fast!

Here is what I discovered this month:

  • I greatly enjoy having short hair.
  • I love having bees model for me (as you will see in a soon to come post) only they move, A LOT.

Here are some pictures:

I went from this....

...to this!

Look at all that hair! Ready to be sent off πŸ˜€

One of the bees that modeled for me πŸ˜‰

There is one more highlight of February that I would love to share, but sadly, I don’t have the pictures yet…. Hope you enjoyed what was available!! πŸ˜€