Giveaway: Kisses from Katie

~My review policy~
When I was asked to review the book Kisses from Katie I was completely thrilled. You see, I’ve read Katie’s blog for a couple years now, and I’ve always wanted to know how exactly a 22 year old girl could end up living in Uganda as the adoptive mother of 14 girls.  The story is just as intriguing as I suspected.  My 16 year old Ethiopian-born daughter read the book in four days, utterly enthralled.  (She’d love to go back to Ethiopia and be a missionary some day, probably working alongside her Aunt Sophie.)  I got the book next and finished it just as quickly.  It is a compelling, inspirational story.

Today I have a copy of Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption to give away!  To enter the drawing, comment below and tell me what your childhood dreams looked like.  What did you want to be?  I always wanted to be a nurse and a mom, and I thought it would also be cool to be a writer. (Except back then I imagined writing horse books!) For a second entry, ‘like’ this page on FB and come back and tell me you did it. I will select a winner at random on Thursday.  Looking forward to hearing about your childhood dreams…


  1. I “liked” this on FB!

  2. I thought I would be a lawyer…Glad that dream changed!

  3. I wanted to be a mom of a bunch and to be a foster/adoptive mom. I also considered a middle school teacher. Basically, I guess I wanted your life. LOL. I ended up a mom to an only kid. Oh well. Life’s not over yet!

    I learned about Katie’s blog a while ago and have followed it since. Her story amazes me, and I would love to read her book!

  4. I wanted to be a teacher, a mom, a radio DJ, a singer, a famous scientist.

  5. Oh Mary, learning about this girl is giving me goosebumps!
    I wanted to be something silly growing up. It represents my upbringing in a rich country I guess.
    I wish I had then the wisdom of the author you are describing.
    What an inspiration. Will read if I win or not.
    Thanks for the reference.

  6. Oh my – what a story this young lady has! My dream when I was younger was to work with the deaf. I saw myself as an interpreter or teacher and working immersed in the deaf community. God had other plans for me though. 🙂

  7. I liked the page on FB as well.

  8. I wanted to be a school teacher and I was for 3 years, and still am, homeschooling my 8 beautiful blessings!

  9. I wanted to be a writer and still do. Mostly now I just want to be a mom!

  10. I wanted to be a doctor.

    Love what God did much better!

  11. I dreamed of being a teacher and a Mom! My dreams came true!

  12. AHHHH!!!! So glad you are having this giveaway. I’ve been wanting to read her book. Not that I’ll win, but it’s fun to think I might. 🙂
    I always wanted to do exactly what she’s doing. If I weren’t a wife and a mom (which I love with all of my heart), I’d be in her shoes.

  13. Liked on FB 🙂

  14. Dreamed of being a teacher & a mommy – I taught in the public school system for 5 years before being a stay at home homeschooling mom. I’m living my childhood dream 🙂

  15. I do believe I had teacher, social worker and doctor somewhere in there. I am now sort of a mix of all of them, since I am homeschooling mommy to 8 children, all of whom get cuts, scrapes and illnesses, all of whom have their own peculiar issues that need working on, and two of whom come to our family via Ethiopia. But I want to tell you about my dream now, which is to own this book. Because my daughter spent 9 months last year living in Jinja, Uganda. She attended a Bible Study with Katie. My son visited my daughter for a month last May, and also got to hang out with Katie. I love what Katie is doing, and how recklessly she pursues whatever it is she feels God calling her to do!! Thanks for sharing her story with everyone 🙂

  16. I wanted to be a “cash register lady”! And my dream was fulfilled when I got my first job at 16 🙂

  17. I wanted to be a mom and a teacher. I’m a mom to 3, and I homeschool. This book looks interesting. My 11 year old daughter’s dream is to be a missionary.

  18. Luanne Shackelford says:

    A lurker comes out! I wanted to be a missionary doctor in the Amazon jungles… I wanted to have at least three boys. We have 5 boys (and 2 girls) and have been missionaries in the Philippines for 23 years! 🙂

  19. I always wanted to be a wife and mother, with a secondary desire to be an author.

  20. The book sounds wonderful! I just wanted to be a happy wife & mother! Happy to say that I am! 🙂

  21. I liked this page on Facebook as well! 🙂

  22. I always thought I would be a teacher and married with alot of kids of my own – I didn’t get to go to college ( my mother was sick and I stayed home to work and take care of younger siblings – OK it worked out just the way it was supposed to be) – I didn’t get married till I was thirty and after six lost babies we have one beautiful Korean 10 year old – also meant to be I am working on my teachers degree – so maybe my dreams did come true only in God’s version 🙂

  23. I wanted to be a teacher, Vanna White and an actress. Instead, I am in the military!

  24. I wanted to be a wife and a mom. Here I am!

  25. I wanted to work in theater as a director. Today I’m a homeschooling mom to 4 great kids. Sometimes reality turns out better than your dreams.

  26. I liked you on FB as well. 🙂

  27. I thought I would be a nurse like my mother, even though nothing about my life showed any real interest in that direction. I always wanted to travel and I wished I was better at art.
    I’m not a nurse and I’m not good at art, but I did get to travel, married an artist, and have a daughter who’s pretty darn talented. So I’d say I’m doing well!
    Also I would love to read this book.

  28. I wanted to be a veterinarian.

  29. And I just liked you on FB 🙂

  30. I started out wanting to be a nurse but then realized that being a teacher was more my style! I taught school for 10 years before becoming a SAHM!

  31. I wanted to be a teachers and a nurse.

  32. Oh what a cool book! I always wanted to be a mama (check!), a horse vet (decided against that in college), and run my own horse rescue. I’m still dreaming of that last one!

  33. I always wanted to be a teacher and mom. Thankfully, my dreams have come true!

  34. Wow I may need to order this book! A mom I always wanted to be a mom.

  35. I “liked” on Facebook.

  36. I always knew I wanted to help people. When I realized science was not my best subject, I changed from wanting to be a nurse to being a social worker. Also always thought I would travel to other countries to help others. Haven’t yet, but still have it as a dream!

  37. I dreamed of being a wife and mommy and teacher and I am so blessed and thankful to the Lord that I have a wonderful, Godly husband and I’m homeschooling my 6 sweet kids!

  38. I liked the page on FB 🙂

  39. This sounds like an amazing book! I always wanted to be a mom. : ) That was really always my biggest ambition. Excited for a chance to win!

  40. I wanted to be a teacher and a business owner.

  41. I LOVE Katie’s blog! (Just had to say it :)) When I was little I wanted to be a mom, have 6 kids, 2 dogs and a window over my sink that faced the sunset. Well, I have 5 kids and used to have 2 dogs and now I have a window that faces the sunset. I didn’t even realize it until posting this! I guess I’m super lucky 🙂 (I also thought I might be president – thank goodness that didn’t come true)

  42. I liked this on facebook : )

  43. I always wanted to be an airline stewardess but back then they didn’t take people who wore glasses 🙁 I would love to read Katie’s book – she’s so amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  44. andrea sullivan says:

    I wanted to be the docent/ caretaker in the zoo for the baby monkey nursery! will LOVE to read and share this book. thank you for the opportunity.

  45. I wanted to be an architect and a mom. Thankfully God changed my desires to want to solely be, “Mommy!”

  46. Karen Martin says:

    I lived in Tn as a child and I was going to be a forest ranger in Idaho. I had the whole thing planned with a friend of mine. Now she is in VA with a military husband homeschooling and I am in TN married to an engineer homeschooling.

  47. heather c says:

    I wanted to be an OBGyn and a mom!

  48. Katherine Simpson says:

    I wanted to be ( and now I am in college to become) a teacher. I would absolutely LOVE to teach sixth grade english:)

    I have read Katie’s blog for the past few years, and I am so excited to read her book!

  49. Katherine Simpson says:

    I liked you this article one Facebook!

  50. My early dream of being a ballerina was completely and utterly crushed when I overheard the ballet teacher tell my mother that maybe I should try some other activity where my endurance would make up for my lack of coordination. Looking at myself realistically now, of course she was right, but at the tender age of 8 how it stung! Later in childhood I learned to tell people I wanter to be a doctor or a teacher or a poet, because nobody wanted to hear that I wanted to be a mommy. Now I’m a mommy who teaches at home, which is also the only place that I dance 🙂