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.

faith motherhood

i think it matters

I think it matters how we do it, ya know? That it’s not about just doing it but our heart, our posture, our willingness to do so. For anything – for marriage, for parenting, for PCSing, for grocery shopping, for cleaning the house, for reading “we’re going on a lion hunt” for the sixth time today. I think The Lord cares a whole lot about what are heart looks like while we do these necessary daily acts. He cares if it’s with thankfulness or annoyance, with joy or frustration, with gladness or apathy. Because the real shaping of our hearts, the sanctifying work happening in and through our days comes when we take every though captive and let him do His work in them. 

So as a military wife and stay at home mama for me that means deployments, parenting solo, moving often and the constant unknowns. I cling to the truth that He is good and He provides, He alone sustains and carries. 

It doesn’t happen over night and it’s not all of the time. Slowly, faithfully the Lord sanctifies our hearts. We get to partner with Him, ask Him, to bring joy and gladness to the places we feel frustration. He’s faithful to do it! Mama, cling to what is good. Look at eternity and the dishes don’t feel so overwhelming. Gaze at the cross and the tantrums feel manageable. Stay rooted, friend, in the gospel. Let it seep into all the places of your heart.