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

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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Waffle Iron Chef

See what we did there?  Since we are all still at home having to get creative we thought we would pass along some things we do here that add a little fun - as well as ease and convenience - to the "every day". Most of these ideas are self-explanatory but we’ve...

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Spotlight on Cheyenne!

Spotlight on Cheyenne!

After taking a break on our blog for the holidays, we are back to our kid interview series. So without further ado, meet Cheyenne, our fun-loving silly girl, who regularly makes us smile. What is your favorite food?Chinese food. It was the place my mom took me for my...

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Introducing Danny

Introducing Danny

We’re continuing the interviews with our children at the Ranch, and today we want to introduce you to Danny, our sweet-loving kiddo who brings joy to everyone he meets. What is your favorite food? “Chicken nuggets! But I don’t eat the chicken nuggets at school because...

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Presenting Lily!

Presenting Lily!

What is your favorite food?  Alfredo! (Fettuccine)   What is your least favorite food?  Mushrooms! How do you know if a mushroom is poisonous or not?  What is your favorite game?  Apples to Apples  What is your favorite animal?...

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Introducing Edith!

Introducing Edith!

We're continuing our interviews with our kiddos at the Ranch, and today we want to introduce you to Edith, our fun-loving teen who lights up a room when she smiles. What is your favorite food? “Steak! I love both steak and ribs, but if I have to pick steak is my...

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Meet Julia

Meet Julia

We have some awesome kiddos at Joy Ranch. It is our privilege to walk alongside and help them heal, grow, and mature into the amazing people God created them to be. You know them through the photos we share, but we’d like to introduce them to you individually over the...

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We survived! School is officially over. I think it’s safe to say the last three months of school was a learning experience for everyone. We’ve all been stretched and grown, both as a group and individually. But now that school is over, what do we do? Our beach trip?...

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Picture This…

Picture This…

We have been keeping ourselves, and our kiddo's busy! Now that school is officially out things are both a little more relaxed, and a little more hectic than usual. Here is a look at some of the things we have been up to over the past couple months: Picking and eating...

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Unspeakable Joy

Unspeakable Joy

Joy. This is a word we’re all too familiar with at Joy Ranch. Although we’ve understood the power of joy, it has come to have a much deeper meaning during this time of isolation and restrictions. Happiness is different from joy. It is based upon circumstances, but joy...

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Filling Time, Fostering Growth

Filling Time, Fostering Growth

Homeschooling, ready or not, here we come, here we are, here we go, etc. The following is an idea to help motivate those who don’t love to read and reward any who do. One thing we try to teach our kids is that what you focus on, grows. An area our kids needed to...

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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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