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 wanted to be a wife and a mother. Blessed x 5

  2. I wanted to be a wife and mother! (It’s harder, though, than it was in my dreams!)

  3. I always wanted to be a Mom of Many – some by birth, some by adoption. Oh, and a star on Broadway…

  4. I “Liked” this on Facebook… 🙂

  5. Honestly, I wanted to be a college professor and an author. Not sure what I thought I could write about that someone else would want to read, but I always loved to write. I never really thought about being a mother – assumed I would have children, I guess, but did not focus on the fact that that would make me a mother. God has such a sense of humor… ! Now I have 7 children, home school them, and the only “writing” I do consists of lessons, emails, and occasional notes to people. I have thought, even recently, about writing again. I would like to write stories for my children. Maybe between 2 and 4am…. 🙂

    Thanks for your blog and your book – I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts.

  6. I wanted to be a wife and mother and of course have horses. I just wasn’t sure about a career. Good thing! I haven’t needed it! Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. I wanted to be a mommy first and always. Then I had dreams to being a dr. or writting books. Now I’m a mommy and I don’t know what I’ll be when I “grow up”.=)

  8. I love reading Katie’s blog and really want to own this book. When I was younger I didn’t think too much about being a mommy. I wanted to be a teacher or work in an office. In high school I thought I’d be a park ranger.

  9. I liked this giveaway on FB!

  10. I liked this on facebook!

  11. I wanted to be a classical saxophonist… Good thing God led me on a different adventure!

  12. I wanted to be a mom of 5 and a teacher. Growing up in an family with adopted siblings I knew too, that I wanted to adopt some day. I wanted to be a singer and an olympic swimmer too.
    I achieved adoptive mom (only 3 kiddos though) and ditched the teacher plans to become a pediatric nurse, a career that fits me perfectly.

  13. I liked this on Facebook. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  14. Elaine Evans says:

    I always wanted to be a mom to atleast ten children by birth and adoption. I used to make floor plans and name every child. I remember being especially concerned about one “daughter” named “Ashley “. I love that God let me know even back then that there is loss and pain with adoption We don’t have an Ashley, but otherwise our lives have turned out almost exactly as He revealed to my young heart. We also don’t have near the number of bedrooms I thought we’d need…so thankful for that, too.–Elaine

  15. I always wanted to be a mom too!

  16. Children, I have 10 and now grandchildren! Couldn’t be happier.

  17. I wanted to be a wife and mom. Oh, and a Broadway actress/singer. And an astronaut. Not sure how I planned to make all that work out-it would have been a crazy schedule…

  18. I wanted to be a teacher, and then a lawyer. My dream was to teach Special Ed., get a law degree, and work in education reform.

    God had such better plans for me.

  19. I wanted to be a teacher and a mom.

  20. I don’t even remember what I wanted to be. I was a little lost, perhaps still am, lol.

  21. Melissa Allison says:

    When I was younger…I had so many dreams…and although, I’ve only accomplished one, it was the most important. That dream was to become a mother…and I was blessed x 5. I also dreamed of becoming a pediatrician, a nurse, and an EMT. I always wanted to help people 🙂

  22. I always dreamed of being a wife and mother….the Lord has seen fit to bless me more aduntantly than I ever dreamed!

  23. My childhood dream was to be a mom. I dream of having 4-6 kids (all girls). I have been blessed with 8 so far 3 bio boys and 5 adopted daughter! I am truly blessed!

  24. a professional horse trainer or a teacher…I’m neither!

  25. Narelle Galloway says:

    I wanted to be an air hostess…able to fly around the world and get lots of money to do so 😉

  26. I wanted to be a teacher 🙂

  27. I wanted to teach kindergarten. Now I am a homeschool mom 🙂

  28. I *liked* this on fb!

  29. I wanted to be a teacher. Now I homeschool our 2 girls, so I get to teach everyday! Also as a teen I wanted to be a park ranger. We have incorporated that passion into a family goal, to visit as many National Parks as we can. We have been to 4 and are planning to see some more soon!

  30. I wanted to be a wife, mother, teacher and a musician. I’ve been able to be all four in my life and love being a wife and mother the most! What a privelege it is!!

  31. I wanted to be a librarian or child psychologist.

  32. I always wanted to be a teacher. I spent hours a day lining up my stuffed animals and “teaching” them, I even wrote their names in their “textbooks” 🙂

  33. I wanted to be all the regular things like a teacher or lawyer. But, near the summer house my grandparents owned was a huge rambling yellow farmhouse that I always dreamed of owning. I was going to stop and pick up all the homeless people I could find with signs that said “will work for food” and let them come live with me until they were back on their feet. Strange goal for a little girl I guess, but I’m still not convinced it was a bad or unattainable goal.

  34. This book is on my Christmas / Birthday wish list!
    As a kid I wanted to be a teacher, or an acrobat, or run an orphanage.

  35. I wanted to have a picture perfect life as a mother and wife!! Glad that I have found out life just isn’t perfect!! I have been eager to get my hands on Katie’s book like others!!

  36. I never wanted to be anything but a wife and a mother. My mother was so upset with me when I told her I didn’t want to go to college. I got married at 19 and have been married to the love of my life and my best friend for 29 1/2 years. I have been a mom for almost 28 years now but have never been able to stay at home until we adopted Emma. In 2006, my dream finally came true and I was full time Mommy to two precious little girls and two big kids. Now I’m even a homeschool mom:) God has blessed me so much!

  37. I always wanted to be a mommy. Number 5 is due in about 7 weeks. 🙂

  38. i wanted to be a music teacher with a barn in the back yard and some horses. ha! i am a wife, mom of three, and urban dweller so there is no room for the barn. i love her blog also and have wondered the same questions… such a faithful mature young lady.

  39. I wanted to be a college math teacher!

  40. I always wanted to be a mommy! And now I have 9 sweet babies…not such babies anymore. My new grown-up dream is to adopt a baby.

  41. I wanted to be a mommy and a teacher. I got to do both!! Homeschooling momma to 8, mother to 11, grandmother to one so far.
    I am going to ‘like’ this on FB right now.

    Thanks for the chance to win Katie’s book. I have loved following her blog for a couple of years now. She has inspired us more than once, to bring ‘one more’ home.

  42. I wanted to be a mommy and a nurse and God has given me the desires of my heart. I have 4 children through birth and adoption and am an OB nurse too!

  43. I started off wanting to be a wife and mother, then a civil engineer. I’m now home with our daughter and entering our 9th year of homeschooling. (With the Engineering degree hanging in the home office) 🙂

  44. I wanted to be a missionary.

  45. I wanted to be a mom and had an interest in some sort of medical career (it changed from doctor to nurse practitioner to ultrasound technician and several other things in between). I have a biology degree and used it for a few years then gladly settled into life at home with my girl!

  46. I liked you on fb too.

  47. I wanted to be a newscaster. I’m a marketing manager. Better hours and less powersuits.

  48. Since I flew to see my dad back east a lot, I wanted to be an “airline stewardess”, and other times wanted to be “interior decorator”. Funny enough though, my little brother and I used to play “school” where I was the teacher and he was my student…and now I’m a homeschool mommy and housewife. 🙂

  49. I always wanted to do what Katie is doing!

  50. I liked this on Facebook!