Exciting news…

I’m really excited to introduce my new blog!

His Face – My Vision

It’s a little place I share quotes, verses, music, thoughts and poetry I come across or write and want to share!

So, head over there right now and follow me!  I’d really like it if you’d click the link and check it out… and follow me if you like what you see! 🙂 Comments are always welcome too…


❤ Riahjoy



I did it again! I won NaNoWriMo 2013! 😀



Bethany made it to 25,000 and won through the Young Writer’s Program!! So proud of her 😀

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!

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? 
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 …


Sam, Mari, and Risa

Calista Beth

Can’t wait to see what your answers are!

100 for 100



Wish I had thought to post about this sooner! Tomorrow I start the 100 for 100 challenge; to write 100 words everyday for 100 days! Think you might be interested? Click the button below, but you only have tonight to sign up!

One year older…

(I wrote this 12/17/12)

When December began I started doing something most people do the month of their birthday; counting down until the exciting day or in some cases the dreaded day of growing one year older. I continued to count down the days to my birthday until three days ago when tragedy struck our country. Shock, fear, grief and even anger grew in our hearts. Emotions swelled as we continued with the flow of the Christmas season. I wasn’t able to calm myself and actually wrap my mind around what had happened until the next day. And that’s when God took hold of me, gently by the hand, and pointed out some things I needed to identify. He made me question the way I had been living.


Why have I been given sixteen years of life? Why the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes that God has given me one more breath? The answer was clear: God has a plan for me. A broken vessel, a mound of clay. But the questions were not through.


Have I used those valuable moments to fulfill that plan? Have I been furthering God’s kingdom? Have I been bringing God glory? Have I been blessing His name in the hard times? Have I thanked him enough for His daily blessings, big and small? I began to plead with God that I would not take my life for granted. I want to live my life with no regrets and fully, no matter how long it lasts. I want to live my life for Him, counting the blessings, even if they come with pain.


So today I want to re-dedicate my life to Him, whether it be a few more days, months, sixteen or even eighty more years.

In Memory of Pearl Harbor…

Jackie walked to the mailbox on a bright summers day and finally found the long awaited letter. She dropped all the other letters on the table inside and quickly opened the letter unfolding the paper inside. Her son, Timmy wrote of the weather and some good friends he had made. He then wrote, “Mom, I’ve been thinking a lot about dad and the life that he lived. He gave his life for others. That’s why I’m here today.” He signed off, “You are what I’m fighting for. Love from your son, Timmy.”
She held the letter close to her heart, remembering the first letter she had received 26 years ago from war. It had been from her husband, Edward off in France. He too had written about weather and friends. Even though Timmy could barely remember his father, Jackie saw Edward in everything Timmy did. Oh, how she hated him fighting in a war so far from home, but he knew what he was fighting for.

She sat down at her desk pulled out some paper and wrote to Timmy as she prayed. She wrote that she loved him; of how proud she was of him fighting for freedom, how brave he was and what a good father he’d be someday. She folded up the paper, placed it in an envelope and on the front wrote, Be Safe. After that night she wrote every night just like she had years ago.
As summer slowly changed into to autumn and autumn into winter, Jackie prepared for Christmas. She knew it was going to be a lonely this year, but nothing could have prepared her for the news to come.
She had to shovel a path to the mailbox the snow was so thick, but she had waited a long time for a new letter to arrive that deep snow drifts weren’t going to stop her. When she opened the mailbox and looked inside she saw one letter that looked like it had traveled a long way. She opened it right then and there not even taking the time to go to the warm house to read it. The words stung her worse then the bitter cold she was surrounded by. The writer of the letter was named Josiah and he explained that he had been fighting alone up on a hill, shots were ringing out all around him, and bombs were exploding. Then Josiah was shot down. A man came back for him and though the man was captured he set Josiah free. That man was Timmy. Timmy asked Josiah to write to his mother and Josiah swore he would.
Jackie fell to her knees and prayed Timmy was living. She then picked herself up walked back to the house and sat down at her desk like she did everyday. She kept writing each day. Jackie kept on hoping and believing.
Then two years later a car pulled up running over all the dry leaves on the ground. Jackie knew who drove that kind of car and she fell to the ground. Out stepped a captain who ran over to Jackie.
He said, “Mom, I’m following orders from all of your letters and I’ve come home, safe.” And there in his hand he held all of his letters from war.

(A story I wrote inspired by the song “Letters From War” by Mark Schultz)

NaNoWriMo 2012!

It’s that time of year again! Where I try to write 50k words…

Will I succeed this time?

Here are some pictures of my 2010 novel that I published:

Isn’t it pretty! Thanks to BushMaid for making my beautiful cover!

And since Nano will be taking up most of my time, blogging will be even scarcer 🙄 Sorry… But while you’re waiting for me to come out of my writing closet, go check out It’s About Story. I’m posting a story I wrote chapter by chapter through out the month of November! Hope you enjoy 😀