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 Time to Grow

A Time to Grow

Like people all across the world, Joy Ranch has been thrown into a time of uncertainty and social distancing. When this pandemic first started, we weren’t sure what to expect. Since learning schools were closing for the remainder of the current school year, staff at...

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No Fluff Needed

No Fluff Needed

By: Dan Austin, Director As we approach the Easter celebration, it is going to be different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will not be the traditional Easter worship services or cantatas. While I’m grateful for the virtual worship services, they...

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Anchors and Eagles

Anchors and Eagles

There has been some confusion during the COVID-19 pandemic about whether Joy Ranch has remained open or not. In short, we are open. We have no choice. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that we don’t want to be here, it’s just that we literally have no choice. We have kids...

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Captives Log, Day 8

Captives Log, Day 8

We are officially on Day 8 of isolation. Although Virginia isn’t as strict as some states in this time of containment, it does have more stringent requirements than neighboring states. The Wellness Center and libraries are closed. Football conditioning and basketball...

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

It has been a few weeks since Valentine's Day. It was such a fun day for all the kids, and there was a lot of celebrating going on! The boys celebrated with special Valentine's traditions, gifts and surprises, and sweets from a local baker. The girls were thrilled...

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I’m Sorry

I’m Sorry

“I’m sorry” We have all received an apology that was less than heart-felt. Saying sorry is something everyone has to do at some point in their life. It is also something everyone struggles with at some point in their life. Sometimes it is hard to know the right thing...

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Fall Holidays

Fall Holidays

With another holiday season rapidly approaching it’s time to take a look at Fall Holidays. In an earlier post (titled “Holidays” if you’d like to go back and check it out) we discussed Spring holidays, and how holidays at the Ranch can be difficult, since kids are...

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What happens when . . . . kids leave.

What happens when . . . . kids leave.

Since we have talked about what happens when kids come to join us at Joy Ranch, the next logical question is: What happens when they leave? When kids leave is determined by a lot of factors - in the end there are times when our kids leave having completed a transition...

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When Kids Come In

When Kids Come In

A lot of questions we get asked as houseparents begin with the phrase: “What happens when” A common question of this sort is: What happens when kids first come to Joy Ranch? How do they come to be with you?   I am so glad you asked! As we have often mentioned...

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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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