faith family motherhood

don’t talk about it, be about it

its what we’ve said for years. from ryan saying, “hey, you want ice cream?” my response being, “don’t talk about it, be about it.” to our response when we share a conviction, a burden, an idea, a plan. we don’t want to be all talk no action. while its sometimes is fun and ice cream, we know the same truth can be found in scripture. don’t talk about it, be about it. In james we read:

“…Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear…In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the word, making a salvation-garden of your life. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self deceived. This kid of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” James 1 19-27, The Message

since I (portia) was in middle school i have known i would have children through adoption. the biological route was always more of a question. when ryan and i started dating in high school the adoption conversation was had even then. by the time we were engaged and certainly by the time we were married, we knew for certain our family would grow through adoption. The Lord surprised us in 2019 with our sweet Alasdair and we are so thankful! he brings so much joy, laughter and silliness into our lives! and we knew, still, that our family was supposed to grow through adoption.

between finishing degrees, deployments, 6 moves, and a whole lot of life, we knew that moving to colorado was going to be our chance to stay rooted in one place long enough for the adoption process to happen.

friends, i cannot even tell you the joy and excitement in our hearts to tell you we are officially moving forward with adoption! our hearts are glad, expectant and eager to see what The Lord does in this season. there are still so many unknowns and steps left but we couldn’t wait any longer to share with you!

we know The Lord’s faithfulness, we’ve seen it again and again and again. we’ve spoken of it, praised Him for it and know it to be true. He who promises is faithful! we know he has called us into this. we’ve talked about it for 10+ years, but its time to not just talk about it, but to be about it.

friends, we need your help. we know The Lord has plans and we are ready to see the next step and see him work!

Would you pray with us? for stories of grace, redemption, beauty, mercy. for The Lord to use this for our good and His glory, that a story would be written that makes much of Him!

Would you also consider supporting us financially? we will have several ways for you to come along side us the next few months, so you can be on the look out for what stirs your heart. But we will have a page setup for you to give directly. We truly believe in the power of community, of walking this together and seeing this through to the end, together. We really believe we have some of the best people in our corner and are so thankful to know so many of you from different walks of life and places around the world! So, you can give directly in the link provided or support us through the fundraisers we will have over the next few weeks and months! We need to raise about $30,000 to complete the adoption. It is a lot. please know, that every bit helps. We believe The Lord blesses the $5 and the $500, we will be so thankful for anyway you feel led to give.

you guys, we cannot wait to watch this story unfold and see what The Lord has prepared for us. We are excited to share this with you as we move forward.

we pray you find encouragement to do the things. to not just talk about it, to set your feet in motion and be about it! that you would stay rooted in the word, in your purpose, in what The Lord has called you in to.

stay rooted friends.

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rooted in: family

we have this vision of 100 years from now when our grandkids have grandkids and our great greats ask what grandpa and grandma mccomb were like. we pray our grandkids laugh, followed by a sigh and something along the lines of, “oh, gosh, where do we start…”

we pray they tell stories of packing around our table for meals where we probably ate tacos. while the conversation around the table may be long forgotten we pray they remember laughing till their sides hurt. we pray that they tell our great greats about how we were quick to dish out wisdom, kindness and always had ice cream in the freezer waiting for them. we pray that our kids and their kids and their kids remember that these McCombs were committed to their word, quick to take in anyone who needed a bed and there was always another seat at the table for anybody who needed a meal. we pray they see ryan and I forgive freely, encourage often and do so humbly. we hope they tell our grandkid’s grandkids that we got a fork and spoon tattooed for each other and because we didn’t take ourselves too seriously. we want them to remember we were quick to put down what our hands were busy with so we may listen well and that the gospel was on display in our home. 

that’s where we want to be 100 years from now. but here’s what we know: it starts now. it started almost 5 years ago when we said our vows and became a family of our own. while we know every generation only takes a piece of what previous generations have given them, we want to make sure we give them good stuff to take. maybe more like, gospel stuff to take. 

we’ve been working on a mission statement and creed. we’ve been messily stumbling through creating new traditions for our family and continuing traditions we both loved as kids. we have lots of conversations about the air in our home, what do we want our kids to feel like at home? what do we want their friends to feel like at our home? our friends? strangers? what will they feel as they step through our front door? 

Friend, if you’re here then maybe you too are wanting to create roots for your family. if you’re a military family like us then you probably feel all the more a desire to create a family culture that remains the same duty station to duty station, state to state, country to country. your whole family will find comfort in traditions, rhythms and a heart beat in a family that remains the same in whatever time zone you find yourself in. 

so, we will keep chatting more about what we are doing (read: figuring out) as we go! but I would love to hear how YOU are creating roots in your family. what traditions do you have? have you written a family mission statement or creed? what do you want your kids’ kids’ kids’ to say about your family? 

stay rooted, friends!  

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welcome / what’s this all about

hey, friend. Im Portia. and man am i thankful you are here. here’s the run down: i married my my prom date in June of 2016. In under 5 years of marriage we managed to squeeze in: five homes, three dogs, one deployment, one baby, eleven jobs, 1.5 bachelors degrees, nine cars and somewhere around 1k bowls of popcorn. its been wild. Im not here because i think i’ve mastered any of these changes and have some new insight to share with you. nope. im a military wife, mama to a wild little man, wrangler of two dogs and believer that He really uses all things for our good and his glory. and when we really take Him at his word, in trusting the holy spirit we get to partner with The Lord in some wild and beautiful redemption stories. We’ve moved. like, a lot. with no sign of slowing down any time soon. we’ve yet to spend 2 Christmases in the same place. but even so, i believe in planting. in digging and watering and caring for the soil. in growing roots deep in community, deeper still in the word of God. deep roots let trees weather storms. whatever happens above the surface, be it leaves falling or limbs breaking, the tree lives on to see another day for the deep roots its grown beneath the surface. we get to be people rooted in the truth, watered by the word, deep in community with one another so that we may be steadfast in the storm. as a military wife, which really means a professional nomad, it’s inevitable that we will be uprooted. But we know we are rooted in much more than the city we call home or the local church we find ourselves in. While we value and seek to be rooted in the places that will undoubtedly change, we know we also get to grow roots within our family and in His word. We are simply seeking to be deeply rooted.