kellyportnoy "A woman who is free is unchained from her past and unafraid of her future, and because of this she can laugh at the days to come. She's got an assured confidence; she doesn't let circumstances shake her; she loves people but doesn't live to please them. She is content with what she has, never striving to conjure up something more. She is almost inexplicably light and unencumbered.
Isn't this the way we'd live if we really believed we were freed from our past, held in our present, and protected in our future?" pg 147

#WildandFreebook drops TOMORROW!!! So proud of @jessaconnolly and my sweet friend @hayley.e.morgan for stepping out in obedience to pen these words that are bringing so many women freedom in Christ. Been an honor to be part of their book launch team.
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kellyportnoy "Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”-- C.S. Lewis
So today I unfurl my fist and let go once again. Not because I have to, but because I get to! Sending one of my best friends back overseas for the next few years happened this morning. The pain of the relational sacrifice is immense but the joy of watching them serve in obedience is so soul satisfying I would be a fool not to see it.
The sisterhood we share only grows deeper though oceans and continents separate us. The privilege of sitting face to face is a gift. To hold baby Zeke one last time, to bow our heads in prayer and worship together, to let the tears fall hot and heavy bc the pain in separating is so real. I have to seal up mornings like this and put them in a jar to retrieve on the days loneliness tries to take root. "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”--C.S. Lewis. That Lewis...he gets it, he understands God's deep intention for mankind was kinship.
We love you Short family. Thank you for giving shape and value to our life, marriage and selves.
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  •   living_a_simple_life Beautiful! 1d
  •   living_a_simple_life And on an extremely shallow note: can I ask about your sandals? 1d
  •   kellyportnoy @living_a_simple_life ha! I need superficial to balance out sadness. They are from Old Navy. Got them in March so should have style still. I love them! Super comfy and cover up my heels that get gross and cracked every summer. 1d

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kellyportnoy This little guy got 23 pokes on the back this morning for allergy testing. He deserved a yogurt treat and a little time with daddy. Trying to get off the hamster wheel of awful with his allergies and asthma that come every six weeks. Breathing and sleeping is kinda important, kinda. 5d
  •   jldnickerson Do you get the allergies shots that are what you are actually allergic to? It sucks at first but your body then accepts it. My parents and nephew are in the process of it right now. I hope you guys feel better soon! Allergies are awful! 5d
  •   kellyreece Froyo is a cure all 5d
  •   hollister82 Aw, sweet boy. I had allergy tests done on my back several years ago. Frozen yogurt is much deserved. :) 🏼 5d

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kellyportnoy A monumental day today for our non profit @the_good_story
Our first board meeting just wrapped up and I can say with confidence, as I look around this table, that God has knit together an all star team full of vast wisdom, passion for Gods kingdom and a huge heart to see this ministry grow and flourish.
@lucashayden led us in a beautiful time of worship and prayer this morning which completely set the tone for this Spirit-filled day. May God be glorified with the "plans" that were decided. My heart is overflowing with joy at the privilege of this calling. Huge thank you to Knapsack Creative for allowing us to use their amazing space!
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kellyportnoy And I love these people.... Welcome to the world Ezekiel "Zeke" James. You literally have one of the best women I know as your mama. God is good. @kristie922 2w

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kellyportnoy The world got more perfect two weeks ago when my dearest friend @kristie922 brought this hunka hunka burning sweetness into the world. "Auntie Kelly" is over the moon for little Zeke, drinking in his "newbornness". I am in emotional denial that they all head back overseas next week and I won't watch him grow up. The bitter and the sweet. Trying to focus on the sweet right now. Squeezed in a quick shoot to document his perfect face 2w

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kellyportnoy Just finished kindergarten registration. This kid is more than ready!!! He's bummed he can't start today. My August is about to look drastically different than the last ten years of my life. Cue all the conflicting emotions. 2w

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kellyportnoy #Repost @the_good_story with @repostapp.
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We are thrilled to be releasing our next The Good Story video THIS Monday highlighting our Ambassador program which is the "heart and soul of our ministry". We are truly grateful for our Ambassador, @mattrm86 for flying to Lynchburg from Dallas to record and produce this video for our nonprofit. Here is a small teaser....
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kellyportnoy And there we were at 6:15am going through chapter one of "It's Great to be a Girl"-a biblical guide to your changing body. Somehow a shift is happening in Chloe despite my feelings of wanting to keep things as they are.
The battle of innocence crashing up against awareness. Evidence of her sweet, naive self in her monkey pajamas and playing with her dolls this morning stands in stark contrast to the girl that was hesitant to put on her backpack yesterday, wondering if we had any "plain" bags bc "I'm just not into Frozen or cartoons on my backpack anymore, it's babyish".
I don't know this world of tween but we are being catapulted head first into it with a one-two punch as Bennett is right behind her shedding his child-likeness by the day. So our tween bus is pulling out of the station and I can nervously get on or stand awkwardly to the side denying what is our new phase.
I was reminded with Chloe today in Psalm 139 that God knit and formed her with intention, purpose and with His mysterious power. He's going to get us both through these years just fine. His word is full of the wisdom I need to cling to and offer as a way in the wilderness of puberty. Away we go.... #raisingtweens #jesustakethewheel
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  •   tenderbranch I am feeling the same feels lately... The innocence slipping... No longer shopping in the cutesy little kid sections... the next chapter is coming whether we like it or not. We need to arm ourselves and arm them. And seek out the awesomeness of each stage because it's there! The fact they can read is awesome too. JP was asking a lot of questions about his purpose and I bought him the devotional 'purpose driven life for kids.' He reads it each morning before school to center himself with an injection of truth. Highly recommend it. Maybe we can chat more over our smoothly bowls 2w
  •   tenderbranch *smoothy 2w
  •   laurynegalloway Do you follow Dr Jim Burns? He has such wonderful insight on teens! Were not there yet but I still love following him! 2w
  •   kellyportnoy @leahopher81 so appreciative of the encouragement from someone higher up the mountain 2w

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kellyportnoy Well ok if you insist. I don't want to be rude. #porchesaretherapy 2w

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kellyportnoy I've laid in bed for an hour this morning taking slow dregs from my coffee, ignoring any fighting in the living room, and welcoming the sun to fall sweetly across my lap and the smell of bacon to fill my bedroom.
This book is gripping my soul and I'm both uncomfortable with its truth and realizing how much I've actually longed for this rawness. Depending on the page I feel a gentle shake or an intense jolt in my spirit. I'm only a 1/3 of the way in and my feelings are now exposed on the surface. I've laughed out loud many times and cried out of sympathy? Longing? Shame? Gods goodness? So many feelings crammed into each chapter. @Greg_boyle paints with ALL the colors in the box with his words.
Thanks for the recommendation @flowerpatchfarmgirl You were right, this book will transform me. #tattoosontheheart #compassiontransformseverything #readthisbook
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kellyportnoy I love that Rhett and I have "our thing" which for months has been coming back from the bus stop and playing two games of Skipbo while I drink a hot cup of coffee.
I hope we always have a thing that's just ours. I love this nugget!
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  •   bethanyjoy88 Finally persuaded him to give Uno a break, eh? 2w

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kellyportnoy Sometimes you just need to invite one of your favorite girlfriends over, drink way too much coffee, and make magnolia wreaths. Sometimes you just gotta..... 3w

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kellyportnoy Classic Kelly with bad spray paint estimates. My $16 project is going to be $32 now 😐 so frustrating to be set up and in project mode and run out of paint. This is where country living is a pain. Too far to drive back.
Looking super stylish dodging pollen. In between spraying I'm blowing my nose and sneezing like a fool. Basically I am 110% attractive.
In case you are hiding under a rock, that plastic attachment I'm holding is the best invention since sliced bread. It clips onto your spray can so you squeeze a trigger with your whole hand instead of murdering your pointer finger. Worth every penny!! #projectfail
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kellyportnoy When you've watched two seasons of #fixerupper and pinned porches with no railings, also four steps up, you feel empowered to set your husband loose to demo all your dry rot railings to completely open up your porch. 🏼 (our house left, inspiration on right)
You immediately follow up the demo by roasting hot dogs over your fire pit as you burn all the railings to ash. We've officially tipped the first domino in our porch renovations. 😬 SO much painting ahead (hold me)
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  •   annieseay Are tou planning to paint all the dark white?! You do have a lot of paining ahead.....but it will look amazing. 3w
  •   deviduerrmeier It looks great! 3w
  •   kellyportnoy @annieseay indeed we are moving that direction and it will be a huge on going project we save up for and chip away at little by little. I hate the brown 3w
  •   kellyportnoy @deviduerrmeier thank you so much! 3w

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kellyportnoy A Saturday home as a family with zero written on the calendar 🏽We've needed this so bad. Eating pancakes and bacon. Coffee flowing, comfy clothes firmly in tact and we put on Star Wars "Force Awakens" at 7:30am because Saturday don't care. #pantsoptional #coffeeandbaconforever 3w
  •   kellyportnoy @dustinheigh it was the #pantsoptional hashtag that cinched the deal right? Honestly... Can you even imagine if we lived that close that we could crash our families together on a Saturday with bad morning breath, bed head and lazy Saturday morning smell? #heaven I'm still lighting a candle for May with you all!!! 3w
  •   lanierswann Scott mocks me bc I love to celebrate "no pants Saturdays" and stay in a nightshirt some mornings. You are clearly my kindred spirit. I am hopping in my car - be there asap. In my Disney nightgown. 😎 3w
  •   bg_and_the_4 U should post that "other" picture u took today 3w

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kellyportnoy Yes, yup, absolutely.
Don't be led by your feelings or "what your heart tells you is right". Those are rabbit trails at best and the heart is fickle and deceptive. Be led by the "True North" of Gods Spirit. The compass that never fails is Gods word which keeps our feet firm and steadies us through the emotional highs and lows of life as well as circumstantial changes and trials.
Run wild with God.
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kellyportnoy Easter recreation year 3. We plan on doing this every year forever and ever amen.
Top photo is the authentic #rhettpoutnoy moment captured masterfully by @ryanportnoy
Middle photo is a wonderful reenactment the following Easter. Rhett thought it was hilarious to recreate the photo.
This years Easter portrait in Kentucky is less of a pout and more of an uncooperative stance. He was not remotely interested in recreating the drooped shoulders and lip out pout. It still accomplished the overall "feel" we were going for.
Maybe in 12 years we will make a calendar and capitalize on Rhetts alter ego #rhettpoutnoy
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kellyportnoy I confess I have a new crush and its name is black and white. Trying to convince @ryanportnoy to let me recover our wing backs in oversized buffalo check. He thinks it's a pattern fad and won't cave. I that wallpaper and it would look amazing on the small triangle space on the side of our staircase where our desk is. Sigh...wants not needs however.... For now I will pin all the black and white ideas for inspiration and dream! 4w
  •   tenderbranch I am SHOCKED @ryanportnoy !!! At least get this woman buffalo checked blanket or pillow! I think it would add a bit of a masculine edge. How classic is black and white? Doit 4w
  •   marymtorrence Well Kelly, you've gone back now to 1980. My sofa was slip covered in a large navy plaid. 2 chairs too. Still have it. 4w
  •   kellyportnoy @marymtorrence clearly you are a classic decorating trendsetter. 4w
  •   dikolabragg Just do the big check in throws over the back of your wingbacks.....that orange is perfection...and it is so you!! 3w

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kellyportnoy We put in a fire pit (thanks tax return!) but really I just love this man to the moon and back. He makes me SO happy. I'm just wildly attracted to those crazy long legs and all the corners of the earth we've already walked together going after Jesus and this wild call on our lives.
I cant believe Thursday marks the ONE YEAR anniversary of launching @the_good_story A decade long vision, turned ministry, turned into a legal non profit all in ten months time! Four countries traveled, 15 Ambassadors around the US serving this ministry selflessly and over 50 missionaries gifted creative communication pieces free and clear....and thats just year one. What is my life??? I have to keep reminding myself of all that God has done to blow our minds and to not fear this next stage of fund raising so we can do this full time. Long and beautiful road ahead. But yea....we also got a fire pit and that's pretty fun too.
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  •   pobke Awwww yous guys!!! :) xoxox 4w

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