Tales Of A Houseparent Blog

A Joy Ranch Blog

Have you ever wondered what life as a Houseparent is like? House parenting is a unique role like no other, filled with joys, sorrows, and everything in between. One question that every houseparent is asked frequently tends to be: “So, what do you do as a houseparent?” While this is not a simple answer, the Joy Ranch House-parenting team wants to share their stories so that you can see a glimpse into the life of a Houseparent, understand their work here at Joy Ranch and why it matters, and perhaps even search through the idea of becoming a Houseparent yourself! Run by our incredible girls’ house mom, Bethany Collins and our amazing boys’ house mom, Michelle Rash, “Tales of a Houseparent” will bring you into the dynamic world of living life as houseparents – laughs, tears, and all.

 

Recent Blog Posts

A Unique Perspective

A Unique Perspective

Recently I, along with another staff and two kiddos, took a Bob Ross painting class. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if I was good at art, but my running joke has been that I can’t draw a stick person straight. To willingly take a painting class was no small thing....

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“Life is But a Vapor”

“Life is But a Vapor”

This verse comes (James 4:14) to mind for several reasons at this time of year for this house dad. My father passed away a couple of years ago and 10 years ago a young lady we worked with as a youth pastor passed away at age 16. One of our kids from here at Joy Ranch...

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The Staying Power of Love

The Staying Power of Love

The Staying Power of Love by Erin Austin“How do you solve a problem like Maria?How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?How do you find a word that means Maria?A flibbertigibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown! Many a thing you know you'd like to tell herMany a thing she...

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Introducing Isaac

Introducing Isaac

What is your favorite food? “Pizza – pepperoni.” What is your least favorite food? “Vegetables. If I have to pick one I don’t like the most, I really don’t like cabbage.” What is your favorite game? “Fortnite.” What is your favorite animal? What is your favorite...

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Exercise with the kids

Exercise with the kids

Several years ago, before I worked at Joy Ranch, I felt compelled to volunteer some time each week participating in exercise with the kids at Joy Ranch. My mom had worked at the Ranch when I was a teen, and I always felt a tie to the ministry after that, plus I was a...

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Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Celebrations

It’s that time of year again: lots of candy, stuffing ourselves with turkey and that “most wonderful time of the year” - Christmas!  As we have told you before this time can be both fun and challenging at Joy Ranch. What kid (no matter how old) doesn’t love...

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Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites

The days are getting shorter, the air has turned cool and crisp, and the leaves are showing off their colors. Fall is upon us and with it, all the fall festivities. Admittedly, I love this time of year because it means the Christmas season is near. And while we're...

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A Healing Journey

A Healing Journey

I have a rescue cat. At the time I got Lilly, I didn’t realize the effects of trauma are similar amongst animals and humans. Don’t get me wrong, people’s brains are far more complex, but the fear, tendency to fight, and distrust are the same. Lilly was dropped off on...

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Conversations

Conversations

Although I'm not a houseparent, I was invited to contribute to our blog since I work part-time at Joy Ranch. I love being part of the "family", even though I don't get to spend nearly enough time with the kids we serve (as a homeschooling mom of my own three,...

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A Time to Laugh

A Time to Laugh

Community. I’ve been reminded recently how important it is. Sixteen months ago the world shut down due to COVID-19, and although many places have removed all restrictions, places like Joy Ranch are still dealing with regulations which keep us from fully engaging with...

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About The Authors

Bethany Collins

Bethany Collins

Bethany Collins has been a houseparent at Joy Ranch for almost 5 years. She is the perfect balance of tough but loving and kind. In addition to spending her time raising a house full of girls, she enjoys reading, watching Superhero movies, and laughing at her own jokes. There is a legend that says she is a ninja- the girls in her house attest that this is true.
Michelle Rash

Michelle Rash

Michelle Rash has been a boys’ house mom with Joy Ranch for around 5 years! Ask any one of her boys what they would describe her as and they would likely say that she is a “mama bear” through and through. On top of raising a house full of boys, Michelle and her husband also have 2 beautiful daughters. Michelle has a relational heart and loves deep conversations, midnight runs to Wal-Mart, and is secretly married to Batman.

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