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 andย a lot of housesitting for my sister and me!

Hope that helps get this blog up to speed ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be posting about a highlight from my trip to the Dominican Republic soon, so stay tuned…

โค Riahjoy


PS How do you like the new blog look?


VBS! โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Teaching My Little Brothers

I greatly enjoyed teaching my brothers kindergarten for a whole month this year. I can’t wait to do more this coming year!

I decided to focus on the 6 days of creation for our subject. The first week we focused on day 1 & 2 (light, water, and the land) and we started what we call “The Masterpiece”. Each boy painted a big piece of paper blue to signify the water. They then drew a line “separating” the water from the sky. They then added an island to represent the land. The second week we focused on day 3 of creation adding plants to “the Masterpiece”. Week three we studied the planets for day 4 of creation. Of course we added to “the Masterpiece” as well. During the last week we barely scratched the surface of days 5 & 6 (birds, fish, and mammals).

Here is a peek into one of our “lessons” during week 4:

Here they are getting ready to do a craft about insects. We collected stuff from outside and made our own insects on "leafs"

The boys diving into the craft

I loved watching their small hands get busy (and dirty) with this craft ๐Ÿ˜€

Daniel and his insect

Joshua and his insect(s?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now this part is always the most loved by my brothers I think: SNACK TIME!

I know that at least Joshua liked this snack ๐Ÿ™‚

I am very proud of howย “the Masterpiece”ย came out:

I think they're happy with the way they came out as well ๐Ÿ˜€

Joshua's "Master Piece"

Daniel's "Master Piece"


I get to check off another goal!!

โˆš ย  20. Plan and teach kindergarten for a month