November 23, 2017

Big Announcement and Why I Need Your Help

I’ve been keeping a little secret, and it’s time to just say it.

No, we’re not expecting our ninth son.

It’s been on my life achievement list for quite some time to run a marathon.  I point out the parallels of running a marathon and motherhood here all the time, and the time has come to actually train for the real-life running event.


team heart swaziland


I’ve put it off long enough and have run out of excuses.  And I’ve accepted a challenge to run a marathon and help raise money for the people in Swaziland.

My Goal

In six months, I will be participating in the San Antonio Rock n’ Roll Marathon, and my goal is to raise a minimum of $1000 which will go directly to help meet the needs of the people in the nation of Swaziland.

If you’ve never heard of Swaziland til now, please watch this short video about this kingdom whose prediction is extinction if we don’t intervene in a major way right now.


You can participate in helping the people of Swaziland in a number of ways:

1.  Make a direct donation to help bring life for swaziland  here.

Or donate using paypal:

2.  Sign up to run with (me and) our team and raise $1000, too!  The name of our team is Team Heart Swaziland, and you’ll need to make sure you’re registering for that team.

3.  Sponsor me by making a donation towards my personal $1000 goal.  I’m working on an official sponsor sign-up form, but until then, if you’d simply email me here letting me know you’re wanting to be a sponsor, we’d be so grateful.  (We’ll email you back with more details.)

My Confession

I’m scared silly.  I feel pretty confident I could run a half marathon, but to make the commitment (and publicly) to run 26.2 miles all in one day leaves me sort of shaking in my shoes.  But I have six months to the day to prepare.

And I believe in doing hard things, especially in light of the fact that in reality, it’s the least I can do to help orphans and widows in a nation predicted to become extinct.  I don’t have to think too long or too hard to realize that my life circumstances are pretty luxurious and pretty posh compared to the folks dying of AIDS, homeless and hungry, in Africa.  It doesn’t take my heart too long to respond with a “YES! I can do this!  For them!” because I have so much to give and they have everything to lose.

So are you in with me?  Will you cheer for me?  Will you help me help them?



  1. You’ve got this! And you know I’m with you! 🙂 It’s gonna be great!

  2. Wow! I wish you all the best. I’d be scared too! Just out of curiosity… What will you do if you get pregnant in the next 6 months? Will that affect your running?

    • Hmmmm….That’s a loaded question, Stacey! 🙂

      • No intention to pry… The thought just crossed my mind when I read that it’s still 6 months away.

        • Oh, Stacey, I didn’t think you were praying. It’s crossed my mind too, and is a complex conversation to have. 🙂 You are welcome to email me if you want. Some details I’d rather share in private. 😉

  3. Way to go!! Will be thinking of you and cheering you on as you train and get ready physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

  4. I’m so proud of you Brandy!! Running a marathon is and has been a goal of mine too! Wish I could run with you but perhaps your next marathon! What an amazing cause to run for too!

  5. Samantha says:

    This is so awesome! I just ran my first marathon earlier this month. It is totally worth all of the crazy hard work you put into it, especially since you are running for such a wonderful cause. I wish you all the best!

  6. katie bailey says:

    I loosely follow your blog and was being nosey about what your announcement was…. my heart leapt when i saw the word SWAZILAND!!! I will be in the kingdom in just over 2 months! Our church has partnered with a church there for the last 3 yrs and has sent numerous groups over for 2 wk stays. This will be my first trip. I’m very anxious to experience this culture in a very real way. What is your connection to swaziland?

    • Hi Katie! My connection began when I was a part of a church family a few years ago and our (then) pastor began taking teams from our church to minister to the people in Swaziland. My husband went on a few trips there. Since then, our pastor/friend and his wife (one of my dearest friends) and their family have moved to Swaziland permanently to do mission work full-time. They are a part of the AGWM and we whole-heartedly support their endeavors. Randy and Dezra Freeman are their names. You MUST meet them and their four beautiful children when you’re there, okay? And please tell them I sent you! 😉 Here’s a link to their site:

      • katie bailey says:

        i will absolutely check out their site! we are with a different organization (AIM) so not sure if we’ll be able to find each other…. will watch out for them though! 😉 love knowing other churches are teaming up to make lasting efforts! thanks for your efforts!

  7. Brandy,
    Way to go! I have done 7 marathons- before having my boys- and am currently preg with twins– probably both boys- since we have 4 boys already.
    We have spoken before- since a few of our kids have the same names 🙂
    I wish you the best. I personally like 1/2 marathons- and think that is the length I’ll stick with. There is nothing better than expending your energy to help others. Good luck!!


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