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  • Hi! My name is Brantley and this is my little corner of the web!

    Thanks for checking out my blog! This is the place where I share my heart & passions! I am a wife to an incredible man. The mommy to two beautiful girls. My husband and I are the founders of Voices 4 the Voiceless, a ministry focused on orphan advocacy! I am passionate about missions and educating the world about the orphan crisis around the world! I love being a mommy, documenting life through my lens and traveling the world!

    My heart is burdened for the fatherless. I love adoption and how families are made! Our first child was welcomed through adoption and we praise the Lord for the gift she is! Join with me as I talk about life candidly, the challenges of being a mommy & my heart for serving the Lord faithfully!

Guess What?

My girls wanted to share something with you!

Big Sister

Baby 3

and 4

Yep, thats right!  Identical twins are growing inside mommy’s belly and we couldn’t be more surprised and thrilled!  We’re so thankful to God for these little blessings!  Please join us in praying for a healthy pregnancy and of course, healthy little babies!  Thank you for sharing in this excitement with us!!!  We’re all so excited about them!!!

Until then… Brantley

Julie - So exciting!!! Hope you will blog about them! Congratulations to your precious family!

Angela - Congratulations! That’s so exciting!

Julie M - Super excited for you all, congratulations and very best wishes.

Katherine S. - WOW!!! What a miracle! Congrats and God bless your growing family! Prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy!

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I’m back…

Hello friends! Its been a while and I feel awful for leaving you hanging for so long.  I’ve received some sweet sweet messages from so many of you – concerned asking if we are okay.  Thank you.  Thank you for checking on us and being so concerned.  We are doing very well.  We sold our first home and moved all in one month.  It happened quickly and in the midst of chaos… I allowed this sweet place on the web to become neglected.

I miss blogging… so I hope to do a better job updating you all on life and changes. (even those that I have failed to share)

My girls are growing {fast} and I cannot believe the changes over the last few months.

Thank you all again for the sweet messages!  Updates, with pictures, to come soon!  Promise!

Until then… Brantley

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Where do I fit into this?

I ask the Lord constantly, “where do I fit into all of this?”.

Its a tough place to be, but after traveling back to Africa, I feel a great peace about where I am.  This trip was a vision trip for us – the main reason why it was just our family this time.  We wanted to seek the Lord, be purposeful with our time and patiently introduce our 4 year old into a new culture.  Thankful, that is what I feel.

Truly blown away by how the Lord used us on this journey back to Africa.  In the months leading up, He used scripture to prepare my heart. He even used very specific verses as confirmation throughout our time there. In the last 4 years, I haven’t felt a greater peace than I do now.   I have spent more time in the Word, truly digging into scripture this last year then probably in a lifetime.  Thats embarrassing to say, but its true.


The Lord broke my heart for the fatherless some time ago. Orphan care and advocacy… that is what my heart longed for!  And since then, I have been searching for where I fit into it all. For the bigger picture. We started our ministry 4 years ago next month.  And while we’ve been productive… I sometimes question if we’ve been purposeful!

Ministry is definitely a growing experience, and if we’re seeking for answers, we might be waiting a while.  But when we are seeking the Lord, and his guidance… He is there!

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.  ~Jeremiah 29:12-13

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!  ~ Matthew 7:7-11

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I may not find the exact answers I’m looking for.  But, that doesn’t mean he’s not still working in us.

I am seeking the Lord.  I am seeking him through prayer and scripture!

I got to experience something so special this time around.  Watching my firstborn experience something brand new.  She went a country on the other side of the world.  She embraced babies that were crying, held hands with those trying to walk and got on dirty grounds to play with street children.  Looking at my child in this far away place, loving on the least of these, humbled my heart in a way I never thought.


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Watching her reminded me of what Christ called us to do!

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. ~ Mark 12:28-34

He said, to LOVE THE LORD with all your heart and to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR as yourself!

Basically, He called us to LOVE.  I know its easy to love myself.  Thats a no brainer.  But how easy is it to love the guy next door who plays his music too loud, or the rude woman glaring at your child in the checkout line?  Maybe the children with dirty faces and urine soaked clothes?  Or what about the guy who shot and killed people praying in their church? Trust me when I say this… I am not starting a debate.  However, the Bible calls us… HE COMMANDS us to do these things.  To truly LOVE our NEIGHBOR as ourselves!

I won’t pretend to say I do this often.  There are many times when I struggle and even ask God, “how can you expect me to love that person??”



My husband and I spent time in Uganda, watching our 4 year old LOVE.  She loved so unselfishly and without hesitation.

That is the kind of love I want to have.  That child-like faith, the carefree spirit and unconditional love towards others.  In no way am placing my daughter on a pedestal, bc thats far from what I mean when I say that.  I simply mean that when we stop and truly seek the Lord with all our hearts, He shows up in the most incredible ways to remind us of what we were created to do!  While I still do not know exactly where and how I fit into all of this… one thing I do know.  I am called to LOVE.  I am called to Go and tell all the Nations. So until He gives us a more clear direction of where we fit into all of this – I will simply love.



My prayer is that I cling to the Lord for guidance always and LOVE with all my heart!

Until then… Brantley

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Uganda 2015

Hello friends!  It has been far too long since I’ve updated here.  We just got back from Africa late Sunday night, and I’m slowly getting back into life here.  My heart is full and I got to see firsthand all that the Lord has done!  Its truly been an emotional few days trying to resettle back into a normal routine here.  I’ve always said, it is a greater culture shock coming home then it is going there.

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The Lord was evident in so many ways throughout our time there. I have so much to share with you soon, but for now I am still processing my thoughts.

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We are so thankful for each of you who lifted us up in prayers.  We felt the love and support that so many extended to us and we are grateful. Our time was well served and we are so thankful for the opportunity to serve as a family.

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Katherine Grace saw so much on this trip.  She experienced life in a new culture, met children “who look like her” (in her own words) and truly embraced everything that came her way!  It was priceless to have her with us and share in such a special time with her! I cannot help but wonder what it was like through her little eyes!

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She misses Africa and the people there.  She’s had so many questions since coming home, and I now pray that I can answer them well.

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers as we continue processing through everything and seeking the Lord in guidance!  We have a lot we’re praying through and we look forward to seeing how the Lord can use us!

Until then… Brantley

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