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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!

10 Months

Annalise ~ 10 Months

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Weighing in at 16 lbs, she still petite.  She lost a little while she had her stomach bug… I’m betting she’ll be under 18 lbs at a year old!  Time will tell.;)

We’ve brought out the Spring and Summer bubbles which makes my heart happy.  Although most are WAY too big since she’s still wearing 6 month clothes.  We’re having a blast, and are truly thankful for this sweet girl!

Until then… Brantley

April Wainwright - What are Spring and Summer bubbles? We call them onesies or sundresses :) AK is getting so big :) So glad you’re taking KG to UG :) So exciting!

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Will you send me?

Hi friends!

Richard and I thrilled to announce we will be going back to Uganda, Africa THIS June!  After so many months of prayer and preparation… we feel more than ever before the Lord is calling us!

With that being said, we also will be taking our 4 year old daughter, Katherine Grace.  We believe that its easy to teach our children to care for the fatherless, to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to follow Jesus.  But we believe that showing our children can go so much farther!  By taking her with us, to meet people in a poverty stricken world, to love on little children without judgement, and to truly care for others firsthand – we pray that she might have a greater understanding. So we’re excited for her to experience a small part in what we do across the world firsthand!

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

Most importantly, we ask for your prayers!  Please lift our family up in the final weeks as the Lord prepares our hearts.  Please also pray for Katherine Grace, as this will be a culture shock indeed. But mostly, pray that her little eyes might be opened to see the world around her, the great need to love others and plant a seed for her to share the gospel one day!

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 

~ Matthew 19:14

go fund me

Secondly, we ask for your help financially.  Praise the Lord we have all of the funds needed for Richard and I to go.  But we need to fundraise the remaining $1,200 needed to purchase Katherine Grace’s plane ticket.  Yes, that is a steep number… but we believe that the Lord will provide! Would you pray for us and consider giving?

Visit Our ministry’s website HERE and be sure to choose “Uganda 2015 Trip Fund”

{And did I mention your donation is tax deductible!}

Will you please pray, and consider giving?

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  ~ Matthew 28:19 & 20

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  ~ James 1:27

Thank you all for your love, support and encouragement!

Until then… Brantley

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Our little crew

Early this month, we had family pictures made.  I wanted to do something inside our home – something relaxed, comfortable and just us, in our own environment.  We found THIS amazing photographer and she has truly blown us away!  We decided to go ahead and have family pictures now before Annalise became mobile.  And thankfully we did… I LOVE them and everything about them!  Enjoy!

Thank you Sarah for capturing our family so well ~ you bottled up something special!

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me and my crew

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{keeping it real folks!}

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{adore these people}

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{lets just say, the dogs weren’t exactly thrilled about being in pictures!}

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me and my girls

{special note: the image of me holding both girls in my lap… I have one almost identical of my mom hold me and my sister. And the best part, this was completely unplanned! Priceless}

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our babes

Photo Credit: Sarah Pascutti Photography

www.sarahpascutti.com

Sarah, I am speechless for once! I will treasure these images forever, and what these sweet faces mean to me!  You bottled up our lives in just a few images and for that I am incredibly grateful! God gave you an incredible gift behind that lens and you are beautiful both inside and out!  Thank you for sharing your talents with others and pointing it back to Christ! I adore each and every image and are so thankful I got in touch with you to photograph our crew!

Until then…

Brantley

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Annalise {9 Months}

My spunky, happy, silly, full of personality, beautiful baby is now 9 months!!!  I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it and where the time has gone…

… here she is!

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Somehow I just imagine her in 16 years as a teenage girl giving me this same look.  Sigh.

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This my friends, this would be her “dancing” to the ‘itsy bitsy spider’!  lol  She always gets a good laugh from mommy & daddy!

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There she is, in all her splendor… Annalise at 9 months!!!  One day she’s gonna hate me, but for now, I’ll treasure each smile, giggle and quirk!  :)I love you baby girl, always!!!

Until then…

Brantley

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A piece of the world

There’s a small piece on the other side of the world where my heart rests. Uganda, Africa. I miss it greatly.  Going on two years since my last visit.  The last time I hugged some precious necks. I miss them more than they will ever know.  And although I have struggled and questioned the “whys!”, the Lord simply hasn’t had it in His plans for us to go back.

Yet each time, the Lord whispers, “be still my child”.  And I wait.

I’ve attempted taking it into my “own hands” and planning trips, and He pulls the reigns a little tighter.  I do not know the answers even now… but my heart aches to be back.  Often times I find myself putting this place in the back of my mind, somewhere not to “deal with it”.  I make it mere memory. So for now, I press on and continue praying for the day He calls us back.  To love on little babies.  To serve amongst the poor. To BE the hands and feet and walk the streets proclaiming His name.

Yes indeed I yearn for that day!

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Be still my heart for the day will come.  I have hope that there is purpose in the waiting!  Lord, prepare my heart! Mold me. Lead me and send me so that I might step out and be a servant for you!

Until then… Brantley

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