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  • WELCOME!

    Hi & welcome to our little corner of the web! My name is Brantley and this is the place where I share about life, adoption, ministry and being a mom! I am a wife to an incredibly patient man and a mother to a beautiful little girl who was brought into our family through adoption! I love to document life through my lens and share them with you here! My husband and I started a non-profit ministry called Voices 4 the Voiceless back in 2011... and we are currently working to build a babies home in Uganda, Africa!

    Most recently, I said goodbye to my job as a full-time photographer to focus on my family & ministry. And in June of 2014, we will be expecting a baby girl! God has used us in BIG ways already, and we look forward to seeing the path He continues to reveal for us. Follow us as we venture out on this amazing journey the Lord called us on!

33 Weeks – Pregnancy

Those of you who follow us on Facebook know that I landed myself in the hospital Monday morning.  Praise the Lord all is well and baby girl is staying put for now.  But I definitely had a little scare!  Last week and over the weekend was really rough for me.  Ive had a lot of pelvic pressure and pain for a while… but recently it started becoming unbearable.  So much so I could barely walk and even laying down, taking warm baths, etc didn’t seem to help ease it any.  So I called up to my doctor Monday morning and they told me to come in so I could be checked.  Needless to say, baby girl has dropped and thankfully in head down position.  She is VERY low, hint the incredible amount of pain and pressure.  :)  Thankfully I am not dilated as of Monday – however I was having mild contractions so they hooked me up to the monitor.  And I definitely was!

The doctor came in after reviewing everything and told me I needed to head on over to the hospital.  While there I was given an insane amount of fluids for dehydration.  They also gave me a shot to calm my uterus and help keep me from contracting more.  And then they gave me my first shot (in the tush) of a steroid to help baby girl’s lungs to develop should she come in the next week or so.  I went back yesterday for the 2nd shot!  So, if she decides to make an early arrival – we’re praying her little lungs will be developed nicely!

Its been a crazy whirlwind, but the Lord has given us a great peace throughout this.  Monday definitely made things real for me.  Instead of now thinking I have less than 7 weeks to go – now I’m in the mindset of… I could meet my baby girl any day now!  Although we definitely know she could easily stay put till the end… its crazy to think its possible sooner!

Richard went out Monday night (bless his heart) and bought me a nursing bra, nursing camis and some of other items for my hospital bag that I never stocked up on.  He was such a good sport and I am so thankful for him.  Our bags our packed, Annalise’s bag is now packed and the carseat is ready to go!  We’re ready when the Lord decides its her time to come!

Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement!  So many have been a huge blessing to us throughout this entire pregnancy and we’re so grateful!

Please continue for our little family!

Until then… Brantley

A Baby Shower for Annalise

What a SPECIAL day I had celebrating our newest bundle! The girls in my Sunday school class showered me with an amazing shower this morning!  The attention to detail was something from a magazine, and the thought that went behind each little detail made my day!  I was so happy and I’m beyond grateful for the many friendships I have made over the last 3+ years with these girls!  I feel so blessed and I am excited to show a few pics I snapped (yes, I took my camera to my own shower)!  ;)

Thank you to my precious hostesses Ashley, Amber and Rossie!  Rossie, I am so sorry you were sick… but please know how grateful I am for all the work you did to prepare for my shower!  I love you all!

Me and my baby girl before my shower!  :) She was so excited to be a part of it!

Me with my hostesses!  {Ashley & Amber} I missed you  Rossie… we need a make up day for a pic of the 4 of us!

Seriously!  Could this food table be any cuter??  I am in love with ALL the little details!

They had a brunch theme (which I adore!)… mini pancakes with syrup, mason jars filled with yogurt, strawberries & granola, cupcakes, quiche bites, scones & fruit!!!

They asked me earlier on in the planning if I had any scrap fabric left from her nursery bedding.  Not knowing what they were doing with it – I was completely surprised by the sweet flower pin they had made for me!  It even has Annalise’s monogram on it!  HOW PRECIOUS and sentimental is this??!!

Me and my mom!  :)

And me with the girls who came to celebrate with us!  We missed those that couldn’t make it due to prior engagements and sicknesses!

Thank you ALL for celebrating this special time with us!  You have NO idea how much this meant to me!  I truly felt special today, so thank you all!

Until then… Brantley

April 12, 2014 - 9:25 PM

kayla - Looks like it was a good time. You are beautiful pregnant! I hope the delivery goes well for all!

Pregnancy Updates & Life

We’ve been busy around here lately…

Super Sibling Class for Katherine Grace at the hospital this past week!  She got to watch a silly video about being a super sibling, learn how to hold babies and even swaddle them, and they even got to wear hair covering/mask and tour the nursery in the postpartum floor!  All the kids were so cute and Katherine Grace really had a great time!  We’re so proud of her!

Currently, I am 31 weeks pregnant (9 weeks remain)!  I will be 32 weeks on Monday.  The reality of life is quickly hitting me harder and harder.

I am still feeling great for the most part.  Definitely feeling a lot more pressure down there, and feeling the weight of carrying a child more and more each day!  But I am so thankful for sweet Annalise!  I try hard not to complain… but some of the “not so fun” things…

1} Acid Reflux (killer!) Enough said there!

2} Weight gain

3} Pelvic pressure

4} Sleep!  (Its definitely getting harder and harder to sleep each night.  Between getting up a million times to pee, and just trying to get comfortable… sleep is becoming less and less relaxing.)

I am excited about April though…

Next week, I have my 32 week appointment (now going every 2 weeks), Awana Easter party with our Puggles, and my first baby shower with my Sunday school girls!  So I’m really feeling blessed!

Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers and of course, encouragement throughout this time!

Until then… Brantley

April 5, 2014 - 9:35 AM

Mimi Elmer - That is so neat that your hospital has a sibling class! Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Mimi

Sweet Moments

I’m sure my readers are probably beginning to think we are conceited, or maybe I am.  I promise I’m not!  :)  But never knowing if this will be your only pregnancy – and really aside from that – we are documenting this precious time!  These are sweet moments in our lives and we want to soak them up.  As photographers, pictures are priceless to us!  We treasure them and hold dear to the memories behind the images. So when we realized today was going to be a warm, Spring day… we decided on yet another impromptu session.  This time my main focus was to be on me and my baby girl.

We’re entering into the final weeks of being a family of 3!  And as excited as I am to meet Annalise and welcome her into this home… I am trying desperately to bottle up this precious time with our first born!  I adore my sweet girl, and I want nothing more than to bottle this time up and have memories to treasure later in life!  Also, I am 30 weeks tomorrow – just another milestone!  So, since I will be entering my last “double digit week” in pregnancy, figured one last session was in order!

So, here are some sweet moments from today’s session.  Compliments of my wonderful husband (again) and truly thankful for him and his growing talent!  I hope to snap some of him one day soon… I promise he exists!  ;)

My Katherine Grace. {age 3}

Love her sweet kisses!

Couldn’t decide whether I liked the B&W or Color version of this shot!  What do you think?

the bump {oh that bump… growing big! lol}

Well my friends, I won’t make anymore promises on whether this is the final session!  However, I really do think I worn out of being the subject!  lol  Hoping to have a beautiful baby girl to plaster these to these pages before long!  :)

Until then… Brantley

March 23, 2014 - 7:16 PM

Dawn - LOVE the color photograph! Beautiful contrasting. :)

March 24, 2014 - 6:10 PM

Mimi Elmer - I love the pics!! It’s amazing how fast the last few weeks go.

Blessings!
Mimi
http://www.mimielmer.blogspot.com

Eve of Eden Maternity – Review

Hey friends!

Being pregnant and getting to that stage of not feeling so glamorous…. I was completely FLATTERED when the owner of Eve of Eden Maternity contacted me.  They are a maternity clothing retailer based out of Australia!  They saw my maternity session pictures that Richard took of me on that frigid snow day and loved the style and look!  They said I was photogenic and wanted to know if they could send me some clothes to wear and photograph and write a review!  YES!!! Of course I would be flattered to do so!  So… in a VERY timely manner… they shipped me three things! Below you will find my HONEST opinions about the clothing.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Eve of Eden Maternity.  These are simply my opinions based on the three pieces shipped to me.  I am not getting paid to write this review, I am simply sharing my opinions and feelings on the items I received and wore.

Today, I am only writing a review on these two pieces.  The other top I received is a nursing top and I LOVE it… but my bump is a tad too big to model it at the moment!  But when Annalise arrives and my mid section slims down a tad – I look forward to sharing that with you!  :)

My first opinion of this dress was the color and how I LOVED it!  Its soft in tone, and completely complimenting of my skin tone!  (personal opinion obviously)

The cons: Although I adore the color and soft, luxurious feeling of the material – I am not a fan of the fit.  I am not now in my third trimester and although many probably prefer something a bit loose in fit – I prefer something with a bit more shape to it.  My hips have widened and the baggy, pillow case feel of the dress isn’t my favorite on me right now.  Otherwise, I adore this dress and think its EXTREMELY comfortable.

Probably the best part of the dress… it has POCKETS!!!  :)

The top of the dress which I also like, has tie/adjustable straps and pretty, feminine detailing along the bust.

This cardigan is absolutely PERFECT and versitile!  I can see myself wearing it with just about anything from cute Spring dresses to tanks and tops!  The detailing on the cardigan is soft and feminine.  It ties around the waist or a little above the bump!  I can also see this working great after the delivery with nursing tops and such!  I really do adore this cardigan and everything about it!

Pros: the material, style and versatility!

Cons: sizing is confusing for me!  Thankfully, they were a tremendous help when choosing the correct sizes for them to send!  :) I wear a size 6 in the States… so the best size for me with them is a size 12.  Although it felt strange ordering that {large} of a size… it was equal to my size 6 clothes here!  :)

Overall, I am in love with their clothing and highly recommend them!  The quality is amazing, very high end in materials.  Much nicer in materials than what I am able to find locally.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

Until then… Brantley

March 21, 2014 - 2:19 PM

Ariane - Those clothes are beautiful on you! Having pockets is a huge plus for a dress.

March 21, 2014 - 7:09 PM

Bridget - I love the cardigan style on you.

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