A New Look {part 2}

There’s another new look that’s happened in my life…
Glasses

Yup, I got glasses.

With Beth Me. Yikes!

Thanks to everyone out there who has “approved” of me wearing them (you wouldn’t believe how many! It’s not like I have a choice! 😉 ) But really. I don’t like them that much, so when you’ve let me know that they don’t negatively change my appearance it’s really helped. I know it could be considered vanity, but thanks anyway 🙂

A New Look

Since Jordan moved away to Kansas, Bethany moved into her room, which means I got my own room! I haven’t had my own room since I was 2. I didn’t really care that I had to share, I actually enjoyed it (the tough part was sharing a tiny closet). After Bethany moved out I knew I had to reorganize a lot in my room. That’s when the wheels started turning and I got the idea to move some furniture around and add some more colors!

We painted our room purple and got new white bunk beds in August of 2009:

 

The only things that had changed since then was our new white desk and new bedspreads. My goal was to make my room a little more modern and “older” (since I’m almost 18!) Did I reach that goal? I don’t know… You’ll have to be the judge!

This is how you would first see my room walking in... I'm hoping to change the top quilt, but for now it works fine ;)

This is how you would first see my room walking in… I’m hoping to change the top quilt, but for now it works fine 😉

From L to R: My vanity, locker, file cabinet, bunk bed, desk

From L to R: My vanity, locker, file cabinet, bunk bed, desk

I love my shelves :)

I love my shelves 🙂

This is where I had the most fun. Six of the cubbies are color coded. After originally organizing like this my brothers had fun sticking some of there things in the right cubby hole. I also really like the way my books are organized.

This is where I had the most fun. Six of the cubbies are color coded. After originally organizing like this, my brothers had fun sticking some of their things in the right cubby holes. What’s better than books in a book shelf? Books organized in rainbow color 😀

For now my desk has the book of James under the glass along with my memory verses from AWANA. My calendar sits on my desk for the time being since I don't have anywhere to hang it.

For now my desk has the book of James under the glass along with my memory verses from AWANA. My calendar sits on my desk for the time being since I don’t have anywhere to hang it.

My vanity: The rest of my room is somewhat "modern" except for this part. This is where I get to have fun with a vintage theme :)

My vanity: The rest of my room is somewhat “modern” except for this part. This is where I get to have fun with a vintage theme 🙂

My locker is one of my favorite things in my room because it's from my great grandpa and I've covered it in pictures that hold sweet memories from my trip to the Dominican Republic. (The two bottom ones are from when I was little) My file cabinet has random quotes, notes, and art from my brothers.

My locker is one of my favorite things in my room because my great grandpa built it decades ago and I’ve covered it in pictures that hold sweet memories from my trip to the Dominican Republic. (The two bottom ones are from when I was little) My file cabinet has random quotes, notes, and art from my brothers.

 

So? Did I accomplish my goal? Let me know what you think 🙂

The Children

The children we got to work with weren’t just kids needing something to do in the hot afternoons. They weren’t just faces we took pictures with and took back to show our friends and family how many wanted to hold our hands. They weren’t a number we needed a certain amount of crafts for. No. These children were God’s Children. They had names and futures in His kingdom.

Like Lucia, the shy but compassionate girl who patiently helped me with my spanish.

Lucia

Or Luis Fernando, the small but charming boy who loved unconditionally.

Luis

And then Jueniel, the one who remembered and loved and taught us a lesson when he turned the other cheek when being mistreated.

Jueniel

Oh, and none of us can forget Kendry, the one with no loss for words. (but he didn’t just say them, he sang them.) (watch him HERE)

Kendry

And then there’s Elito, the one who chose me and looked past the dirt and the grime of the worksite and called me beautiful. God has given me the incredible opportunity to continue a connection with this child through sponsoring him and watching God work in his life as he grows into a young man.

Me and Elito

Before going on our trip I think some of us thought that the children we were going to work with were so lucky to have us visit them, to make them smile and laugh and to have us, the amazing americans, take time to interact with them. But we were wrong. We were the ones who were blessed. We were the ones that they made smile and laugh.  And they are the amazing Children of God who willingly took time to interact with us.

DR VBS game

 

(Photo credit Chris O'Neill)

Elito. The eleven-year-old boy who chose me.

 

He wasn’t smiling like all the other children when he came through the gate. His reply when I asked “como estas?” was not “bien” like all the other children. He was frowning and feeling “mal”. As all the other children skipped off, excited to go to VBS, he walked slowly, so I matched his pace and let God show a little piece of His love through me. I prayed this little interaction would somehow impact his life for the better.

At craft time he insisted on writing my name all over his craft, and by song time he didn’t want to let go of my hand. When it was time to say goodbye, his frown returned, and he told me he was sad about me, that I had to say goodbye. “Tomorrow, “ I said, as he hugged me tight and I fought back tears. What if he didn’t return tomorrow? I walked him to the gate and he turned to hug me again. I reminded him “Tomorrow…please come back.” His sad eyes connected with mine and then he turned and didn’t look back as he began his walk home.

The next day I waited at the gate, but only a few children showed up. I searched each face and smiled, but he was not there. We opened the gate; VBS was about to start and he was still nowhere to be seen.

I searched the road with my eyes as more children made their way from their homes to join us one last time.

And then, there he was, smiling this time, and I began to think that maybe I had made some small impact on this young boy. He came through the gate and hugged me tight, then took my hand as we walked towards the main building.

The day continued much like the last one, though this time with added smiles, more words, and maybe even a skip in his step. Once again he told me he loved me, once again he wrote my name, once again he held my hand, and once again we found ourselves back at the gate, needing to say goodbye. We hugged three times, not wanting to leave. This time he flashed one last smile before he started on his way back home. I waved goodbye and watched til he disappeared, then looked in my hands where he had left me his craft with “Moriah I love you” covering the front and back.

But the story doesn’t finish there because this little boy chose me and this couldn’t be the end.

Curious, I asked the sponsorship coordinator if this boy had a sponsor to support him and found out that no, he didn’t. He’d been waiting for me. At this point I had no say in the matter; no, it wasn’t up to me. Because you see, Elito, he chose me.

 

Me and Elito

 

(Photo credit Chris O'Neill)

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?

NaNoWriMo 2013

Yes! It is November once again which means I’m racing to write 50,000 words in 30 days. AND ten days have already gone by, which means we are one third through the month! I was hoping to catch up to par by yesterday, but that didn’t happen… Today perhaps?

My start was a rough one.

Day one was busy and I only got 1,000 words written. And they were written in the car at a quick stop on our way out of town.

in car

I was only able to write at this stop you see because I was driving 😉

On day two I realized I would never be able to continue with my fast paced storyline without more planning. I switched to another idea.

It went well, though writing was still slow (always is in the beginning of Nano for me), until I reached day five…

writing with baby

I got a babysitting job. The picture shows me with “my” lil nine week old girl. What the picture doesn’t show is her twin brother. ^_^ Best job EVER! But I only got 100 words written that day. The babies weren’t that bad, but I was having severe writers block.

That night I was at a friends house and she asked how I was doing for Nano and if she could read anything. I said a very quick “no”, but let her read another story I had started earlier. She loved it and when my mom came in and saw her reading it she suggested I switch to that story.

The next day I began writing on that story which has caused me little writer’s block and much more enjoyment then the other two stories had!

So although I still have lots more to write before I’m all caught up I’m finally on my way. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. Plus I have awesome writing friends that are pushing and encouraging me to keep going!

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Ophelia – Marie at Opinions, Thoughts, and General Ramblings. Thank you so much Ophelia for  awarding me!

liebsterAWARD
For this award I have to:

*Link back to the blogger who tagged me.

*Answer the ten questions she gives me.

*Nominate ten others (or as many as I do) and ask them ten questions.

*Let those nominees know they were tagged.

The questions from Ophelia to me:
1) What is your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
Probably a short story I wrote about a year ago… it never got a good title, but you can read it at It’s About Story. And after you read it give me some title ideas!
 
2) What blog post on your blog has the most views?
 
3) If you could meet any currently living author, who would it be?
I’d say Chris Fabry, but I already have met him and get the chance to talk with him about every month… Probably Dr. Harry Kraus because he’s a doctor in Kenya! Oh, and I love his writing 😉
 
4) What is approx. the most words you’ve written in a day?
5,000. I did it twice during Nanowrimo.
   
5) What is the last book you read?
Shades of Mercy by Anita Lustrea and Caryn Rivadeneira (which was given to me by Chris Fabry )
6) If you could demand a rewritten ending to any book, which one would it be? 
Probably Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry! (Boy is he popular today!)
7) Do you have any books/blogs on writing that you’d recommend? 
I love Opinions, Thoughts and General Ramblings by Ophelia not a specific how-to writing blog, but I definitely learn a lot from her 😉
Go Teen Writers is also very helpful and I love Rachel Coker’s blog. Look around and find her videos, she’s very good at them 🙂
8) What book to movie adaptation do you find the most annoying? 😉 
 I’m annoyed by the changes they made on the last two Narnia movies 😕 I also didn’t like that the book Courageous that was written after the movie Courageous was way better then the movie.
9) What genre are you least likely to read? 
Sci-Fi
10) If you could write a book based off of one song, what song would it be? Why?

Oh this one is too hard!! I’ve already written one based off of Letters from War by Mark Schultz but I’m not sure I could pick just one song for a whole book… Can I get back to you on this one? Maybe?

Now here are my 10 questions:

1) What is your family’s strangest tradition?

2) Where is the farthest you’ve traveled?

3) At what age were your parents married (and/or Grandparents if that’s more exciting ;))?

4) What is your favorite book in the Bible?

5) Ice Cream or Cake?

6) What language do you wish you could speak?

7) How old is your blog? How many posts have you written? What year did you write the most? (Is it okay that I asked three (now four) questions in one?)

8) What is the last movie you watched?

9) What is your favorite music video?

10) What song do you feel was written just for you?

Now I nominate …

Susanna

Sam, Mari, and Risa

Calista Beth

Can’t wait to see what your answers are!