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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!

Life lately {April}

Somehow I have gotten very behind on my blogging!  I suddenly realized I haven’t posted several things! So in an effort to get caught up, here you go….

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A few “firsts” ~ riding the merry go round at the zoo!  :)

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Easter!  We went to the sunrise service at church Sunday morning, then we went to visit Richard’s family in Aiken for Easter lunch.

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Excuse the camera tilt and the expression my daughter is making… the camera was sitting on the back of a car on self timer!;)

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We’ve been enjoying the great outdoors… and sprinklers are no exception!  :)

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THIS girl turned 11th months on April 12th!  Oh my… just one more month and I will have a 1 year old!  :(

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Well… thats about it for it!

Until then… Brantley

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Missions and the unknowns

Just like many others, this has been a post thats been on my heart for a while – but one I’ve struggled to put into words.

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I get asked continually…

“Isn’t Uganda a dangerous place to travel, especially right now with all thats going on in the world?”

“aren’t you afraid to take your child to a place like that?”

“Are you not aware of what just happened in Kenya? And what about ISIS?”

“How can you leave your youngest behind?”

I could list a million more questions that I get asked… but I’ll refrain for now.  Let me go ahead and get this out… YES, I am fully aware of what is going on around the world.  I am fully knowledgeable of the Islamic groups, terrorist organizations and threats (all over the world). I am also completely aware of the dangers to travel anywhere in the world – especially Africa.

But… and there is a big “but”… God NEVER called ANY OF US to sit in the midst of our comfort zones and quietly hide behind the comforts of our own homes.

The Bible is clear when Jesus says,If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

David Platt even talks about this in his latest book, Counter Culture…

“It is not possible to love the poor & live in unabated luxury. It is not possible to care for the orphan and the widow without major implications for the makeup of your family.  It is not possible to confess gospel convictions about marriage and sexuality without being criticized. It is not possible to profess gospel truth at all and remain popular among all.”

The reality is, what we are doing is not popular amongst our peers.  Richard and I have quickly learned that not much of what we do is popular or even supported by many.  But we are also learning that what we are doing is what God has called us to do.  Doing missions in another country is not something ‘I’ decided to do on my own.  It has been a constant work in my heart by the Lord!  Tugging at me, burdening my heart and creating in me a desire that only He can create!

A tough verse, but true indeed is…

I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10:35-37

I am to follow Christ. The reality is, it is often difficult to think of loving Christ above all else.  Obviously I love the Lord with all my heart.  But when you factor your children or your spouse into the mix… it can become a heart battle!  (just keeping it real) Therefore, missions is HARD.  Leaving one or any of my children behind is hard.  Taking a child to a part of the world where tragedy and persecution is happening is hard.  But I have to trust in God that this is what He has called us to and this is where He has called my family to serve.

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Its easy to sit here in South Carolina, in a comfortable town, where people are friendly, welcoming and lets be honest, the Bible-belt of the South and never leave this place because of fear.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

And all of Chapter 23, because oh how comforting it is to walk knowing the Lord is leading and guiding me.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

So yes, is it scary?  Absolutely.  Knowing we are traveling across the world where so much is happening and Christians are being persecuted!  But I MUST cling to the truth that He has given to me, and I must GO and serve and pour out the gospel to the Nations!  I must let go of the fear I am holding inside, and surrender it to the Lord for He has already gone before me!

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In June, our family will travel.  We will love on babies, share the gospel and pray that the Lord will use our family in greater ways for His ultimate purpose!  Please continue praying for us as we seek the Lord!  Pray for Annalise as we leave her behind and for all of those serving to love on her while we are away!  Pray that God will use even the littlest of hearts, and teach Katherine Grace to love the least of these! And lastly, pray that lives will be reached and give us opportunities to share the gospel.

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Thank you so much for your continued prayers, encouragement and love to our family through financial support and just loving us!

Until then… Brantley

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Spring Mini ~ Annalise

Yesterday I did a quick spring mini session with my Annalise.  It was a beautiful evening and we already had plans to go for a walk at the park… so I thought I’d take advantage of our time there!  :) Enjoy… next week this girl will be 11 months.  Oh my!!!

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This is her ‘praisin some Jesus’ pose!;)

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To say she’s teething is an understatement!;)

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Love you baby girl!  What a little blessing you are!

And btw… Katherine Grace wanted no part in pictures yesterday… I had wanted some of both of them playing in the grass.  But she wanted to slide and run around instead.  I guess I cant blame her!  ;)

Until then… Brantley

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Raising Disciples

My husband and I think often about our roles of being parents.  We think about their future, our future, their future husbands and plans for their lives.  We often wonder if they will become missionaries or doctors or lawyers or artists or athletes.  We wonder what they will look like as they grow older and how their personalities will develop.  But most importantly, we talk about raising our children in such a way that they will SEE Jesus, and grow… in hopes that they might have a relationship with Jesus one day!  I saw this brief video on raising disciples and it is so perfect!  Please watch and enjoy!

My prayer will always be that God will wrap His arms around my children, and bring them to himself!  I pray daily that they will one day seek and know the Lord… that He will be their EVERYTHING!

Until then… Brantley

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