Ok, so does anyone actually read my blog anymore? If not, I don’t blame you. Our internet has been out for weeks and going to the internet cafe to sit and wait has been on the bottom of the priority list, as you can imagine

I don’t even know where to start to tell about all that God has been doing in our lives since I last wrote. I know that my words aren’t even close to adequate to describe His goodness and love.

A week ago today, I turned twenty one. I sat in awe as I celebrated with 14 beautiful girls who call me Mommy. (Ok one actually calls me “Maamaaaamammaaa“) I wondered why God chose me, little ole twenty one year old me, to be entrusted with so much. There is nothing greater than the responsibility of raising a child to love Jesus. Except maybe raising 14. Words are escaping me. Two years ago today, two we moved into this home. In the last years I have learned more about Jesus, about myself, and about life than I ever could have imagined. I am so thankful. So, so very thankful for the life you have given me Jesus, for entrusting me with so much when I deserve so little…

Last Thursday as I was meeting with some women in the village of Masese, one of them got a call from her brother that there was a child dying near the local steel mill and did she know anyone who could help… So it was off to the steel mill where I met the sickest little boy I have ever seen (I know, I know, I say that every time, but I am serious…. God just gears me up for it a little at a time…) David looked merely dead, breathing shallowly as I took his naked, 15 pound, 4 year old body into my lap. His mom was “scrapping”, or digging around the steel mill for nickel-sized pieces of scrap metal that she may be able to sell for 2 cents. As we waited for her to come back, I felt sure that this child was going to breathe his last at any moment. When she got back to their closet-sized home, she explained that her husband had left her for another woman last year when she miscarried (often viewed as a curse in rural villages). Since he has been the only one providing an income for her, David and her other 3 children, and since she had never been to school, she began the practice of picking scrap metal. In just 30 minutes in her yard, WITH shoes on, I cut my feet twice… It broke my hear to think of all the physical pain she was having to endure every day as she cut her hands and feet trying to find this metal that may sell for enough to buy them a small sack of corn flour. She cried as she explained that they had not eaten in three days because no one had wanted to buy her metal. I felt certain that David would not make it through the night, and I am guessing I do not have to tell you what happened next. I scooped him up, put him in the car and took him home where my sweet, loving girls welcomed him with open arms, and we gave him all the ORS and Pediasure he wanted

The next day at the hospital, we found that David had sickle cell anemia, which was worsened severely by his chronic malnourishment. While they gave him his blood transfusion, I was very thankful for a doctor that, though he may not know it all, knew more than me. I watched David like a hawk all weekend, making sure he had lots to eat and drink and all his medicines and vitamins at the right time, but he continued to weaken after the initial improvement following his transfusion. He cried all the time as it hurt his little body to sit, to stand, to lay… just to be. He finally gained the strength to stand, but shook the whole time. This morning, when his feet began to swell, I took him to the hospital where I asked that he be admitted. Though they won’t do anything different, I imagine, I want his mom to be able to sleep with him and I will feel better with someone who knows more than me about sickle cell supervising. Please pray for sweet David tonight…

At the same time all this was going on, three of my children have had very high fever’s and Patricia has had severe pneumonia (they are all doing so much better now, thank you Jesus.) Sleep was infrequent for this Momma and I had a lot of time to just ponder the fragility of life. We are but a vapor. I think we know that we could die tomorrow, or worse that our children could, but do we really KNOW it? You know, LIVE as if we know in our hearts that we are just a breath, that we will wither and fade like the grass and the flowers… I know there are days when I don’t. I am not meaning to be morbid, simply realistic. Because I know that if I lived like I really KNEW this truth, if I treated everyone as if they were David and might be taken tomorrow, I would love better. I would hug my children tighter and hold them longer. I would tell people thank you more often and I would tell God thank you more often. I am thankful that as I care for sick children often, this is something I am reminded of often, and I pray that it would change the way I life my life.

Francis Chan wrote, “How we live our days, is how we live our lives.” I had to read it several times as I let it soak in. Because it is true. So often we find ourselves waiting for a specific moment, a specific call, something special. For what? How we spend our days… that will be our LIFE. Because today could be it. If Jesus came back today and said, “Let’s go!” would we be ready? Would we be doing what we want to be doing when we meet Jesus? People say to me often, “You are so lucky that you found your calling, that you know your purpose in life.” This statement boggles my mind. I AM so blessed to live the life that I do. But it isn’t rocket science. God did NOT part the sky and shout out to me, “Katie! Serve my people.” I read it in His word. You can too. We can all see as plain as day that Jesus says the number one commandment is to love the Lord and love your neighbor. I happened to move to Uganda and love those neighbors, but that is not the point. As believers, we should already KNOW our calling; it is to love the Lord and love our neighbors by caring for them in whatever broken state they are in. When He said that “the poor will always be among us” I don’t think he meant that as an excuse not to worry about it but as a reminder that there is ALWAYS a neighbor, no matter where we are, in a worse condition than we are. I can only believe that God created us to make this world a little better. That he designed us in love to show that love to others. I just don’t know what everyone is waiting for.

I am so thankful for my sweet children and their beautiful example of loving their neighbors and welcoming them into our home without blinking an eye. When my head is thinking (don’t judge me ) “Oh my goodness. God? Do you really think I can handle one more? I was just starting to get used to Josephine being here and the meds schedule she is on… are you really giving me another one?” My girls do not question. They see a baby who needs love and carry him off to feed, bathe and dote on him as if it is the most normal thing in the world. Shouldn’t it be? While I am starting to feel overwhelmed, they are feeling overjoyed at the prospect of helping someone else. Oh, what I learn from their beautiful hearts… As I remember the brevity of my life, I pray that I can live more like them. I pray that this whisper that is my time on earth would change the whispers’ of my neighbors, would strengthen and enrich them.

So hug your children a little tighter and hold them a little longer. Say thank you to people more often and say thank you to God more often. Love your neighbor well today. We will be trying our best to do the same over on our side of the globe

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10624220090240391921 Erin

    Oh, yes, we still read, and we still pray, and we are still humbled…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11586066822993946977 babydoc

    You bet someone still reads your blog sis. I watch it like a hawk. I've been waiting for your next post very very eagerly.Thank you for sharing your life with us on your blog. Since I found it about a month a go or so now, I've been so encouraged and challenged and comforted as I walk my Christian walk on this side of the globe in the UK.Think, pray about you as you share.Eagerly awaiting to exit on this road with the most glorious exit and when I do, I'll be sure to come say hi:-)God bless you and your family abundantly. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06189417053958066874 The Liebers

    I am still here, being inspired by your words. You keep posting and I'll keep reading. If you have delays, I will just be patient. Thank you for your insight and important reminders.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06826190879329559194 Erin

    I check this blog every day :) so yes, it's still read. Thank you for this. I think God's using your words thru this post to point me toward returning to Uganda myself. Thank you for being clay in out Father's hands.

  • http://notmuchofadutch.wordpress.com/ notmuchofadutch

    Yes! People still read your blog. In fact, I check back religiously :)Girl, you are incredible and I love reading how you are truly changing the world, one kid at a time. Keep writing, you are encouraging a bunch of us here in Lil' ol Washington to pursue something more! Praying for you and your little ones and the countless number of 'David's' in the world!

  • 1 Chronicles 4:10

    Good post, Katie. Everyone can use a reminder about how precious life is, and it doesn't take being in Africa to see that, although I know you see it more frequently each day than we do here back in the States. It fills my heart with happiness to read your blog, because I can see how much you love Jesus Christ in the way you write, it's a beautiful thing. Keep seeking His face, always know He will take care of you, and know you and your girls are in my prayers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05121461134201171349 jstromli

    Yes…we're reading it:) I think I checked the blog twice a day every day for the last two weeks or so:) From a mom in Minnesota wiht a heart for Africa!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02250527593449041309 Lauresa

    I am still here, Reading. Praying.Praising God with you.lovereese

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02250527593449041309 Lauresa

    I am still here, Reading. Praying.Praising God with you.lovereese

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17224532992415184911 Becca

    I still read!!! <3 Keep it up Katie!!! *hugs*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05828284048841366810 Calee

    Katie,I found your blog a couple weeks ago and have been reading them whenever I get a chance in order to catch up. My husband and I are actually going to Masindi, Uganda in December (which isn't close to you- I looked it up bc I wanted to come visit!!) Anyways, I have been VERY touched and moved by your courage, love, and your passion. Thank you for blogging about your happenings in such a beautiful way. I am getting more and more excited about my mission trip as I read about the children's lives you are touching as you live out God's calling for your life! Be Blessed!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00671809610777791393 botanical brouhaha

    Katie-So glad to hear from you! Yes, we still check every day to see if you've left an entry on the blog. We know how busy you are and pray for you often. Thank you for giving us glimpses of the work you're doing in Uganda. God is changing hearts here in Texas for the needs of the precious people in your community. And, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! You've changed many lives in your 21 years. We're blessed by you…Much love,Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14485406690863800462 Newlywed Ria Thurston

    Hello!I read your blog :) Thank you for sharing your heart & loving the peoples of Uganda. Your service does not go unnoticed & It is obvious the glory goes to God. ALL of it. Blessings to you & praying for quick recovery for your sweet babies. <3 Ria Thurston

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00407881912701983356 Whitney

    Amen! Katie, this is beautiful. Thank you again for speaking from the heart. Please hug my sweet Rebecca for me if you see her or even know her. She is the precious little girl that we sponsor through Amazima Ministries. I was thinking earlier today how I hope to meet her in person one day. Also, I just read in Francis Chan's book (CRAZY LOVE) last night that "the point of our lives is to POINT TO HIM"…that is what you are doing with your life! May that be an example to the rest of us :)Much love from this side of the globe, Whitney N.

  • http://alittlelove.wordpress.com/ alittlelove

    i was touched so much by your blog. you are living my dream..literally.i will be praying for you and the children. ♥keep Jehovah close.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18432811268594217122 Stephanie

    So good to see a new post from you. :) You and your girls and all y'all do are consistently in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11347429036016602504 Ab

    Oh katie. I love reading your blog posts. Makes me remember what is truly important… don't ever stop! xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11477529513390374567 Angie and Curt

    I'm still here and reading. You have captivated my attention and my heart. Bless you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11477529513390374567 Angie and Curt

    I'm still here and reading. You have captivated my attention and my heart. Bless you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13915012788325421944 God and Ponytails

    Thank you Katie and I am quite sure we are all here- hanging on every story that God uses to impact our view of our short lives here. Thank you.

  • http://blog.hafchurch.org/peter Peter P

    Wow. That post was incredible!Thank you for your inspiration and teaching!

  • Hailey Porth

    Hey Katie,i just wanted to let you know your are an a mazing girl and you shine with Gods grace, i check your blog everyday to see if something new is up. I look up to you and i want to be like you when i grow up. When i tell people i want to be a missionary they look at me and laugh but i know that i will have true happiness in serving my Lord.. My friend showed me this blog in August and i can never stop reading about your adventures there such an encouragement. and even though you are half way around the world you say stuff we can all apply to our own lives. Keep living the dream. Your Awesome Katie and thanks for sharing your story with me :)

  • http://shepherdsgrace.wordpress.com/ shepherdsgrace

    Yes and amen…so well said…it's all about His love..pouring through us…His vessels…pour us out Papa, but constantly fill us up to overflowing…give us untethered-to-this-world hearts…blessings,Sarah in Oklahoma (the other side of the world)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00310072331960500111 aimee

    beautiful, beautiful words and more importantly, beautiful reminder of what we're called to do.lifting sweet david and his mother and siblings up in prayer today…please keep us posted (as you're able of course).

  • Lisa Kindred

    KATIE,Your life continues to be the most inspirational testimony of JESUS that I have seen. Thank you for sharing your HEART for those precious children and for the incredible example you are to me and my family and so many others. We pray for you daily and count it such a Blessing to walk with you on the journey God has set before you. We pray we will take your lead and continue to think of the least of these and put those words into action. You are the hands and feet of Jesus like no one I have seen. Blessings to you and your lil ones, LIsa K.

  • http://todaysjourney.momaroo.com miis mary

    oh wow! the things going on in your life are amazing. wonders never cease to amaze me. God is good isn't he? You are right though, There are so many things we can do in our own backyard (so to speak) Hospitals, nursing homes, homeless people, orphanages and the likes, if we would just stop and think. We don't have to travel around the world to do good to our neighbour. America is hurting right now too. Joblessness, people losing their homes and not able to eat, so much we can do from where-ever we are. Your words truly touched me and tears stream down my face. You are so filled with wisdom. Thank you for waking us up. I've been looking for my purpose in life for so long and you just showed it to me, so simple but I needed someone to bring it to my attention. Love you dear sister in Christ and child of God,- can't wait till the day I get to Huuggg you. Look out it's gonna be a long one.(hug that is) = -) Love to you and your girls. Many blessings to you. Still praying for you. GBU

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12526217323870886806 Me

    thanks for your work and the challenge….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03230682066708030621 Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae

    Happy Birthday, Katie! Thanks for the reminder… off to go squeeze my babies now.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14973345052859247902 Family

    May God continue to give you strength! Thanks for taking some time out of your day to share what God has been up to. I will be praying!Em

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13334895316692365469 Pharmcats

    We read your blog…and it (He) moves us. Actually, my wife reads it more than I do, but I must say that the story of how God is using you to touch so many lives touches us both. Be encouraged that there are Christ followers all over the globe praying for you and the ministry there. God bless.

  • http://makeadiff21.com Ginny (MAD21)

    Of course we are still here, and still interested in everything you have to share. That's the glory of Twitter and online readers that let us know you've posted something new.God bless you and all of those children whose lives you are changing. To God be the glory, but praises to you for answering his call to care, "for the least of these."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13516299949602545781 Kim

    You dare not ever wonder if your blog is read. People would rather read it than the daily newspaper! You may not know it, but you are a big deal!!! You do so much for the kids of Uganda. You also do so much for all of us who read your blog. You turn us to the Lover of our souls. You challenge us to live up to what God wants us to do.Thank you, sweet Katie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05525644107594362899 Tony C

    We're still reading so you keep posting! Your blog is so uplifting and inspiring…seeing your work done in God's name and for His glory.David will be in my prayers…but so will the rest of you. Blessings!

  • sarah

    I read your blog and I love it! I will be praying for you and your sweet children tonight. I think you are doing an amazing thing. –sarah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07468947043504678635 Joanna

    Katie,I do not know you, and yet I wanted to say hello. I have been an anonymous reader of your blog for a while now. I appreciate it so much – thank you for posting as often as you do! I pray for you and your children, and I am grateful to know you, and I look forward to meeting in heaven someday. God bless you! From a sister in Christ,Joanna

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17200140908725810935 the bowlin family

    i am still reading so please don't stop writing!! :) thank you for always sharing your heart and inspiring me. today i will hug my children a little tighter and try to be an example of christ's love to those around me. stephanie bowlinrichardson, texas

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17530064120229456124 lisha

    Yes, I am still reading…and waiting patiently for your updates. Thank you for all you are doing and for sharing your life — both with "your" children and with all of those of us who are reading here. Thank you for showing us how you are letting God work through you. Thank you for letting us pray for you. Thank you for the inspiration you give us to make a difference where we are, or where God sends us.Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Katie,I do! I do! And Happy Belated Birthday! Thank you for opening our eyes to what God is doing through you in Uganda. I read your blog and almost feel like I'm reading a modern day Bible story. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Amen! You may not realize this, but your blog ministry is just as important as your hands on ministry with the children of Uganda. By "bragging on God," you're spreading His glory and encouraging believers all over the Earth! Again, thank you for being obedient to the Lord.By the way, I have a dear friend that suffers from Sickle Cell. It's a super painful disease, and unfortunately their's not a cure – not saying our God isn't big enough to heal. We'll pray the Lord will wrap His arm around this little one and ease his pain.Be encouraged and keep the faith!Your sister in Christ,RebekahPelham, AL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00648717571683752221 Gary and Michelle

    We are still following in England. Please keep writing when you can. You are in our prayers.Michelle

  • http://www.debwatson.net Deb

    Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you for setting such an amazing example for others. Your words are truly an inspiration.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16002674772593778644 Ribbens Family

    Thanks Katie for the great reminder! I seem to take life for granted so often.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16002674772593778644 Ribbens Family

    Thanks for the great reminder! I seem to take life for granted so often.

  • Anonymous

    I love and follow your blog constantly. I check, 'almost' daily to make sure I don't miss an update. When you are absent from writing, it just makes each entry that much more sweet to read. I savor & love each word you share. May God Bless You & Your Children! You are an inspiration Katie.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09638277713092229056 Lisa McSpadden

    I do! I check your blog almost every day and am always so excited to see a new post. Your words never cease to inspire and encourage me to be a better person. I think about and pray for your ministry and love reading your blog, no matter how much time passes in-between posts. God bless you and your precious children!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15831515908096557633 Chelle

    Yes I am a reader. My friend is too. She told me about your work. I'm so sorry. I should have been writing to encourage you. I get so wrapped up in my own life. I am lifting you all up in prayer right now. God is using you in a wonderful, mighty way to impact the lives of these children and their families. I am praying that God will give you strength, courage, renewal and rest in His shadow. You are an encouragement to me. God bless you and your little ones. (Isaiah 58)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04176481097516655869 missy

    do we read your blog anymore??? are you kidding…my friend and i were just saying how we were WAITING for your next post. i work for a college ministry and the students women i lead have been impacted by your blog. they are so touched by you and your girls. as am i. we've never met and you don't have a clue who i am, but i feel a love for you, a gratefulness to you, and a deeper love for jesus because of you. praying for david and for all of you.

  • Anonymous

    I check your blog daily still and each time you post a new entry it is the perfect encouragement and/or motivation that I need at that very moment. Gods timing is perfect and there is a reason you write not only the context you write but also in the moment you do. THANK YOU. I have never met you but you are such a blessing in my life.

  • erin

    katie, i heard your story yesterday from a leader at my church who had come to visit uganda. after reading your blogs and seeing your pictures, i'm amazed. seeing what God is doing through you is so exciting. it has really made me see that when we live our lives for God, leaving everything else behind, it becomes more exciting than we could ever imagine. i thank God that He has brought you to those children, to teach them His truth, and most importantly, to love them. i will definitely be praying for you and your girls. god bless <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05865546168394192157 *Annie*

    i just happened upon your blog and have already been blessed immensely. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13267227787400213195 Donna

    Thank you for reminding me!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04158268316743152137 Karen

    Yes – of course we still read your blog Katie. Even when you are not posting, we are thinking about you and praying for you! with love, Karen Wistrom

  • Monica

    Your blog today was very encouraging, thank you. Praying for you :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02673771123626729081 Caitlyn Doris

    WOW! This was an awesome post! It brings me home and back in a way to everything I saw in Mozambique and the people that I met and walked with!

  • Ashley

    Katie,I read your blog. In fact, I have been checking it pretty much every day waiting for a new post! Your entries ALWAYS encourage and challenge me- thanks for writing.A sister in Christ,Ashley

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12450724140636907692 jahkamakura

    Thanks for taking the effort to post when just getting internet is a challenge. I check your blog every day for an update. Your heart is so big and your love so much.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12450724140636907692 jahkamakura

    Thanks for taking the effort to post when just getting internet is a challenge. I check your blog every day for an update. Your heart is so big and your love so much.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15008835660518360884 Mamita J

    Yes, yes, yes, I read your blog! (You're on Google Reader, so I don't miss any.)And you're right. I love the quote.Going to go hug my kids now.Julie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01316694683416273731 annette

    thank you I realy needed to hear this today(bad day.) But now I'll stop complaining and get to God's WORK raising my little one's to know christ.

  • Emma

    Wow Katie! I will be praying for little David as I do for you and your girls. God has been dealing with me this past week on what you just wrote about. I just had to smile at Him as He is being extra loving in nudging me. Thank you for taking the time and energy to post as I know your plate is FULL, but it is such a blessing and inspiration to read. And yes, I still check your blog daily!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16487408670005241724 S

    Well I'm still reading your blog and I am always delighted to see a new posting. Today's was especially eloquent. Thank you for the loving reminder of why I am here. I am lifted up by your honest approach to living God's will, right here, right now, in this very place.

  • Anonymous

    Katie, Uncle Denny said to tell you he loves you and prays for you everyday. We are so glad to hear from you and that all is well. Katie , you are the richest person I know on this earth. If we could all "GET IT", we would just be helping others and waiting on Jesus to return. Love, Uncle D. & Aunt V.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13510196769469024869 Amanda Kay VN

    Thank you for sharing your story! I hearing about it and using it as an example for my Brentwood/Franklin middle schoolers of what God can do in their lives. We are praying for you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13595188087523116290 Elisabeth

    I'm reading… every post. And praying. And crying. And blessing God that there are women like you in the world. Keep writing when you can.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing about your life in Uganda, I imagine lots of people still read your blog. Thanks for taking the time to get to a cafe to let people in the states know what God is doing in your life. It is inspiring and encouraging, we all have the ability to minister to our neighbors.

  • Anonymous

    Katie, You are an amazing woman of God. Thank you so much for sharing you life and testimony here to bless and encourage others to live well too. If we all just love our neighbors, there will be peace. Our neighbors are everyone!!! You are a wise woman who is willing to live out God's truths. I respect and love you already and am commited to help get funding to you. Thank you again. I have been reading your blog over the past couple of weeks, which as my friends know, is crazy for me to make the time. I am hooked on seeing Jesus at work in you and God's plan revealed for you! I pray for your family. You are a blessing. I am catching up on all that God has done and is doing, and it is amazing! Continue to love well! I know as you continue to pour yourself out as a love offering, God will always fill you with more to give.Love,Tracey

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14736349949628952430 Karen

    Katie- still reading, still praying, still loving your heart for these kids!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11652169775105334576 Tien

    Hi, Katie,I still read your posts and they make me cry each time sometimes with they are happy tears. The world is truly a better place with strong and kind souls like you who can make a difference. -Tien

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14754544839305891032 Sydney

    Your words are so inspiring. I think sometimes I get caught up in what I want to do with my life and forget that everyday counts and I can use each and everyday to show people the love of Christ! Thank you for that reminder :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03796808566902777825 Fuad

    Thank you, Katie…You continue to inspire and remind us what it truly means to love, as our Lord instructed. And you do so by example.May our God continue to bless you and your children.I'm always so happy to read your blog and get your news, as often as you are able to find the time.Yours in Christ,Fuad

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13448340679335145960 Michelle

    Yes yes yes we read your blog.. and are humbled and amazed at your life of surrender.. thank you for being real and posting the inner thoughts and feelings of your heart. It truly is challenging and heart wrenching each and every time we look at your posts. God bless you, and God give you great strength as you lean on Him in all of this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13448340679335145960 Michelle

    Yes yes yes we read your blog.. and are humbled and amazed at your life of surrender.. thank you for being real and posting the inner thoughts and feelings of your heart. It truly is challenging and heart wrenching each and every time we look at your posts. God bless you, and God give you great strength as you lean on Him in all of this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15285684636719502964 florence

    What a blessing you are! God is using you as an amazing vessel of His love. Thank you for your obedience to Him and thank you for calling fellow believers to be obedient to Christ's command to love our neighbors. I, too, have been reading Chan and have been so convicted of the way I live my life. I want to be used! I am so restless for God ordained opportunities. I will be praying for David and his mother. Thank you, God, for Katie's sweet children who are a mirror of Your love.

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant! Shine on Katie— we see the reflection of christ shine so brightly in your little fragile life!! love it! Elizabeth

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01598478578683295786 Debra

    Katie, I read your blog … in fact, it's on my blog roll. You are an inspiration, especially to my 7 and 9 year old daughters who see what God can do through someone who is willing. He can do "hard things." Thank you that you share your life and your journey! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01684464106336948272 Christine

    I read your blog. I love it! It is amazing to see God work in your life. It just seeps out of you. Praying for the situations in this post. God is good.

  • Sue

    You are amazing and your faith in God is wonderful to read about. You are touching so many lives.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02550529124003458500 Tara

    This is my first comment on here even though I've been following your blog for a long time (maybe 6 months or longer?) Just wanted you to know that this blog inspires me and is such a blessing. Please keep the updates coming. You have opened my eyes to a lot.Tara

  • Anonymous

    I do not know how I stumbled on your blog, but I have been reading over EVERY word for weeks. I can't get over the amazing story of your life. May God continue to bless you through the people you reach daily.Heather (in Virginia)

  • Anonymous

    Oh Katie, what an inspiration you are! I love the example that you are…..I admire you and Jesus ~ so thankful that you are obedient to Him daily! Bless you, my friend!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17247824698674815568 Mom to 9 Blessings!

    Katie – happy 21st birthday!!!!Praising God for the love being poured in you and through you every day!Your heart just blesses me over and over again!We just learned about this tonight during my husbands bible study – he taught through Jonah. He was too comfortable and didn't want to go. He disobeyed and God punished his willful disobedience. What does God have to do to each of us to become DOERS of the word instead of hearers!Hugs and much love – our prayers are with you!Jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06062503689921594934 Nicole

    Just wanted you to know we are still reading. Your words amaze me each time I read. May God continue to bless you. Happy Belated Birthday to you as well!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06357696321667626585 Les

    "… and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then you light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." Is 58:10-11. I've been praying this verse for you Katie! May He strengthen your frame and may your waters never fail!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15086860316789104014 Chi-Chi

    haved missed you-glad you and your girls are good and getting better! He is a healer. glad you have a sister coming to get her daughter-love reading all of your blogs!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. Thank you for being flesh to those children and a reminder to the rest of us about what really matters.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17488893644672282859 Dawn

    Thank you! As a new mom, I too wonder how I could be so blessed with such a gift as my daughter. I know she was perfectly designed for me by my Maker on the other side of the world but I don't know why He chose me. Thank you for openly sharing what you go through so we will feel the desire to want to love Him more and serve Him more and do the little things such as love your neighbor. It doesn't matter where in the world we are…it matters that we call ourselves Christians and that we are in on the mission field when we step and love our neighbor where ever we are. God uses you to inspire me to be more and do more for Him and His kingdom. Thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06811769993459237509 Leigh

    Happy to see you are back to blogging! Happy Late Birthday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03520696226301288779 Aaron and Erica

    I'm still here Katie…not going anywhere. Your blog is in my google reader thingie and so anytime you post I get to read it! I'm always encouraged and challenged through your posts…you make me want to do more, love more, give more, pray more (you and Gwen :)

  • Amy M

    Thank you for reminding of what I should be doing! I am amazed by you! I have 4 kids and sometimes I wonder how I can handle them. Hugs and kisses will go around when I get home.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02664346732472571884 the Rackley family

    Yes! I check every day to see if there's a new post!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09675485453694999261 Mrs. McGoo

    Happy Birthday Katie!You, your children, and your organization is on my heart and in my prayers!!! One week from Sunday I spent an entire day reading your blog from start to finish… God is doing a work through you and I am asking Him what He would have me do now… today… tomorrow… etc.Thank you, Katie! God bless and HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Katie! God bless you! I come to your blog every day to see if you have posted another incredible story. Your passion inspires me. I have been praying for you ever since I found your blog. God has even better things in store for your willing heart! Give the girls a kiss from a fellow sister in Christ in Oklahoma City! And as always… keep trusting HIM!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Katie! God bless you! I come to your blog every day to see if you have posted another incredible story. Your passion inspires me. I have been praying for you ever since I found your blog. God has even better things in store for your willing heart! Give the girls a kiss from a fellow sister in Christ in Oklahoma City! And as always… keep trusting HIM!!

  • Anonymous

    Katie, I DO read your blog still and understand your delays in new postings. I just wanted to drop a line and say thank you for the example you set for all of us. Thank you for reminding me not to wait. Now, I pray that I would have the courage to step out even though I dont know the "how." Thanks for who you are and the way that you serve our Lord. I dont know how to sign on this blogger thing, so it will come up as anonymous, but I am not. My name is Trina Scoda and I just happen to be blog illiterate! (-;

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00073604854023663626 Christy

    Katie, I was pointed to your blog this summer by a friend and have read it ever since! Thank you for your faithfulness to the calling of God each day, one moment at a time. Every time you post I am inspired and encouraged.

  • Anonymous

    It is inadequate to say that I needed this word, this reminder today. Thank you for your timely and heartfelt encouragement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10571292647854427888 amanda humphrey

    YES Katie! People still ready your blog! I check it several times a day to see if you have updated it. You are such an inspiration to me as a mother. I have three very young children, and we are now in the process of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia. THANK YOU for your constant example of living the life that God intended for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05757016285935587717 Katie

    O yes, people read your blog! Those of us who don't do fb and find little time at the computer, but when I do and I read your blog my heart is drawn to Christ as it is when I read Amy Carmichael. I weep and I pray…for you and your children..for the children of Africa, that otherworld-place where two of my precious grandchildren were born..and I pray for myself and for the American Church, so fat in things and so lean in our souls. I stumbled onto your blog trying to find my 16 year old daughter's new blog a few months ago..Her name is Katie and she is lovingly known as 'Auntie Katie' by her 7 nieces and nephews. Coincidence? Nah! Providence. She just received her 'Pick me' tshirt from your friends-bought w/her own $ made from her very first violin lessons given. Her dear daddy went home to live with Jesus in Paradise just over three years ago. Reading your dad's post about your girls calling him Papa thrilled me for that is what our granchildren called my husband. I hope our (she is still her daddy's little princess even though he is with Jesus)Katie will one day come to that large dark continent. Her daddy came three times-once to Uganda. He was a preacher of the pure Gospel, lovingly known as the Mzungu mza (?)–'old white man' May our God sustain you and hold you close in your loneliest hours; He is able. a fellow pilgrim, Kathy Strevel Mississippi

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09553147938234644736 Amy Lou

    Katie! Wow, I've read your entire blog and am blown away and have cried several times! Your life and heart is so beautiful! You are willing to risk and love and give everything you have and it is so inspiring! I am moving to Uganda in 2 weeks so it has encouraged me and challenged me to get a glimpse of what your life is like there. I'm praying for you that you would experience huge amounts of God and live in the midst of His love that never runs dry as you give it all away for Him! It would be great to connect with you sometime once I move over there. Lots of love, Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00306049499606669381 drea

    Are you kidding me…we all just wait and wait for an update. I mean for real, we (my whole family)want to know what is going on in the lives of Katie and her girls. As for me this is a great reminder. i think that I am always looking for what is next, not just living for the day that the Lord has for today. I have 2 orphans..4 bio kids and 3 on the way from Africa, I will live for what the Lord has today…a lot of kids and a big investment. Thanks for the perspective shift. We have missed you so much.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09553147938234644736 Amy Lou

    Katie! Wow, I've read your entire blog and am blown away and have cried several times! Your life and heart is so beautiful! You are willing to risk and love and give everything you have and it is so inspiring! I am moving to Uganda in 2 weeks so it has encouraged me and challenged me to get a glimpse of what your life is like there. I'm praying for you that you would experience huge amounts of God and live in the midst of His love that never runs dry as you give it all away for Him! It would be great to connect with you sometime once I move over there. Lots of love, Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09553147938234644736 Amy Lou

    Katie! Wow, I've read your entire blog and am blown away and have cried several times! Your life and heart is so beautiful! You are willing to risk and love and give everything you have and it is so inspiring! I am moving to Uganda in 2 weeks so it has encouraged me and challenged me to get a glimpse of what your life is like there. I'm praying for you that you would experience huge amounts of God and live in the midst of His love that never runs dry as you give it all away for Him! It would be great to connect with you sometime once I move over there. Lots of love, Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16148685030887996392 Julie Hoagland

    Yes Katie….I read and check in on you daily. I cry as I read and realize how much I need to do to serve the way Jesus would serve. You are so inspiring and you are right…it is written in His word plainly and simply. We are to do this, be His hands and feet.Thank you Katie, Sweet blessings and protection to you and ALL of your beautiful children.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10925615006720302501 Renee

    So glad to have you back here! Your words resonate in my heart, and I love, love, love hearing yours! I can just picture those beautiful girls swooping David up and caring for him. They are learning from a beautiful role model what loving Jesus and loving others looks like.:) Love you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06211786739045413080 jtkpatch

    Great post! Love it all the time, such touching stories God is weaving together. God bless your hand and heart.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13739803716604818731 Ellen Wrede

    Katie I check your blog every day! I am praying for sweet small David.

  • tiffany

    1. i love reading your blog. 2. amen and amen and amen to everything you wrote. such good reminders.3. you are an incredible inspiration-tiffany

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16999153775307342942 Small Stones

    Like so many others, I check your blog daily. :) Whenever a friend asks me for a book suggestion, I tell them, "Go to kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com and read it from begining to end! Best read you will ever find, and much more inspiring!" I mean it, too!! Praying for you all and for little David. Breclyn

  • Anonymous

    Katie- Happy 21st! 21 and a mother of 14. To think most people (including myself) can't wait to turn 21 so they can drink legally. Boy how many stupid and useless things I did when I was your age. (I am now 39). Thank you for listening to God's still small voice at a relatively young age. Thankful that there is nothing more- or less – that we can do to make God love us. He is gracious and forgiving.I will pray for David and his mother and siblings.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08411875604165948012 SiLa

    Thank you to give us those words

  • Nuggin

    actually, you're right. everyone stopped reading. 100 comments is far below average. ha!if it's right, don't stop no matter what people above say or don't say. good luck, keep it up.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01739931954780969499 Allison

    yes, we are still reading . . .and telling others to read and be blessed!thank you for your heart for Him and for His children – I'm so thankful for the amazing example you set . . .i will be praying!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00306049499606669381 drea

    Ps. I totally agree with we are all called…what are we waiting for. I want to wait for nothing else. Especially the self indulgent me. We don't need some crazy sign…we just need to obey. Love you Katie and all your babies. YOu are a blessing to us in so many ways.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05668714449544283433 Belinda

    Please don't stop writing. We read and we pray.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14988061283377595038 Kelli B

    Absolutely still read your blog! Your words and life and actions continue to minister to so many people globally.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday! I'm a blog lurker but thought I would comment today and say I think of you and pray for you and thank God for you. May you be blessed! Your blog has changed me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11836468972385583983 DanG

    I think what you wrote on this blog is exactly what Soren Kierkegard meant when he said we Christians are swindlers who don't take the Bible serious. We use matters of academia to be our excuse for not understanding the Word. When in reality it is quite simple…you love people like crazy and you love God like crazy and there shouldn't be an ounce of unjust going on. However, sometimes we are just idle and lazy americans (sorry I had to say it). Keep challenging and being used by our Lord (remember Deborah was an amazing judge whom God used to free his people from oppression).

  • joan

    Thank you for reminding us love is an action. You are doing so much good for people around the world (I'm from Australia) not just in Uganda. I love your humbleness andhumility, telling us that we can all lead a life like yours,it's sotrue. Praying for you and your beautiful girls and little David. Thank you Katie – Joanps Happy 21st Birthday

  • Anonymous

    God bless you, Katie. Your blog posts never cease to stir up my heart for Jesus and my neighbor. God is using you where you are and is using you where we are. Thank you for sharing your life.ChristyLebanon, TN

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05255968576744501554 i’m beccy.

    reading and praying. thank you for being there and loving when we can't.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16180526334127037167 Accidental Poet

    yes, we're still reading."How we live our days is how we live our lives." Very convicting for me, thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00347652142463308256 Goodness and Mercy Mom

    Dear Katie, It doesn't matter if you post once a month or once a year, we pray for you daily. I came across your blog a few months ago and you have been such an inspiration to our whole family. We read your blog as part of our family devotion time. What a beautiful example you are, especially for my 12 and 9 year old daughters.We are a family with a heart for orphans (completing our first adoption of a 9 year old boy from Guatemala this month). Perhaps God will lead us to Uganda next. But for now, we will continue to pray for a beautiful young woman with a mighty ministry. Happy birthday! I hope your day was as special as you and may the coming year be full of many blessings. You've done more in your 21 years than most do their entire lives.God Bless,Kathie from Georgia

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10794711997975461879 the4j’s

    I am reading, and praying, and hugging a little tighter.Thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00324479985950087358 PegS

    I will join all the other voices and scream YES!!!! I check your blog daily and when there is no post, I figure you are really busy (as Renee posted) and so I pray all the more for you. My heart breaks with what I imagine you are seeing daily. And no judgement for your words to God! Why would I judge? He is our Friend and Father. You can question Him about anything, really, He'll listen. Lots of love and hugs from this Nebraska grandma.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12746233349847124744 Kalee

    Yes, I read your blog every time you post something. Happy Birthday!My husband and I will keep David in our prayers.Your words hit home. I've been wondering what my purpose is, and you reminded me I need to just start living, helping others more, loving everyone I meet.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Katie,I must be reading the same book you are right now by Francis Chan. It is a good one. Thank you for the reminder that I don't need to leave my small section of the world to love my neighbors. I am praying for you. Be blessed today! And thank you for being such a blessing to me! Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! -this is your birthday song, it isn't very long, Hey!RaVae

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15968518688947590276 Jillaine

    you are so awesome! We love you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01534056033300482484 natasha

    Just found your blog today and really enjoyed your posts. Thank you for the reminder that no matter how overwhelming it gets here, we are so completely blessed to have what we have.I look forward to following you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12116822005100810294 Erin

    Your name and your children are in my thoughts consistantly. I cannot tell you what your words and life have done to my heart and my way of thinking. Thank you for hearing Him and sharing His love with all of us. You inspire me to do now and not wait for tomorrow.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11447648898316884917 Renee

    Oh, how I've missed you! :) Thank you so much for taking precious time from your day to bless us with your words. Every time read your writing, it puts things in perspective for me. God's abundant blessings to you!In Him,Renee

  • http://passionsandsoapboxes.com passions and soapboxes

    This is an amazing quest you have taken on. God Bless you in your endeavors.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01981169657817249206 Design A-Peele

    Yes, we still ready! I am so challenged over what you are doing with your life. I am sure you hear it all the time, but you have done what so many of us can't do and won't do. Keep seeking the Lords will girl. You are doing great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11586669636129219626 Wendy

    You can "ditto me" on the checking every day… and even if there is a delay, I will still check!Thank you for your humbling words and insight Katie. My prayers are with you and your girls.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16250379150320815001 samuelsadoption

    THank you so much for that post. I really needed it.Amy in GA

  • Anonymous

    oh course we still read girl! your blog inspires me! you just breathe the Spirit! i pray for you every day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14933107502180701676 themiddlemom

    Hi Katie,How humbling…I'm a foster and adoptive parent and in charge of our county's Heart Gallery- we had a photo shoot this past week and added 48 new kids to our gallery. My heart has been so heavy for these precious ones that God would provide a forever family for them….and then I read your comments and I realize how easy I have it. It truly is living out what God has called you to do-and you are exactly right it is NOT rocket science- it's "whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all of your might!" I am so proud of you and all that God is doing in and through you, precious one. Love and blessings, Christie :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10624308860293269049 Julia

    I still read! I needed your perspective tonight to live every moment because the sum of them is my life. It's too easy to become entangled in the everyday and forget the bigger picture. Praying for David. Please update.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01241776501953502604 dana

    always reading! your blog is so inspiring. i feel like every time i read it, i catch a glimpse of how life is REALLY supposed to be lived. thanks for the encouragement

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12955029706756769653 Jewels of My Heart

    Happy Birthday lovely woman of God….you found just the right words as always…. thank you….will be prying………

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06023166965641992124 Brian and Mandy Harvey

    Katie, praying for sweet Michael. Being a mother of young boys, his story hearts my heart. Hug Suzanne for me…in case she forgets to tell you, we are going to get Mia this weekend :-)Love and prayers…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01221954899806662602 Brit

    You are amazing! I just found your blog, I will be a follower for sure :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05302692829810205652 On A Hot Tin Roof

    Yes Katie, still reading your blog & check everyday in anticipation for some inspiring post you might have…one that will call me to strive for more of the Lord. I am hoping, with my husband, to be in Uganda at some point next year to help in your ministry.Love, Wendy Simmons

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05302692829810205652 On A Hot Tin Roof

    btw, i have a 2 year old David & your blog today had me crying and praying for your David. thank you for being the hands & feet of Jesus in Uganda. thank you for encouraging us to be the hands & feet of Jesus where ever are.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00321669455326392110 Melissa DeBardeleben

    Hi Katie, I started reading your blog two months ago when a friend sent it to me. God has used your blog to change me. I am a mother of two young children who has been overwhelmed with life and pretty miserable. I have had a real struggle with the fear of man all my life, which has made me pursue after empty things. Reading your blog truly humbled me. She has 14 children and I cannot even get myself together with 2. God is opening my eyes and showing me that true happiness and fulfillment comes from fearing him. There is no life in the things of this world. Life comes when you are enthralled with his love and you are trusting him for your every breath. Your stories and your passion for Christ is amazing. I want to know Christ more and I want to have life to the fullest. God has also used you to give me a passion for orphans. My husband and I have decided to start the process of adoption. We really feel the Lord calling us to Uganda. I just wanted to let you know that God is truly using your life to bring glory to his name!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00719856434557180921 HannahM

    Still reading, and still praying!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01073617605071478917 Lisa

    Still reading. The break in posts gave me some more time to go back and read many of the posts from before I got to go to Uganda to meet your sweet girls and those other 300 or so that Saturday. ;)

  • http://wetoatmealkisses.com tracy

    Katie,I was so touched by your outrage post back in August that I have formed a group of women who are sewing colored pencil rolls for your school children. Has Gwen told you about our project? Well, it is coming along nicely and when Gwen comes over in December she will be bringing 500 pencil rolls with her!Thank you for what you are doing and please know that even though we aren't over there with you we are doing our best to serve and to love over here.Please keep sharing your journey with us so that we can all learn and grow from it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17577454750261235429 Guinn Girls

    I check your blog everyday! What a true inspiration you are. We pray and think of you often throughout the day. Thank you for sharing your life and love of Jesus, so the rest of us can grow too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02975024411236182256 Jen in NC

    Hi Katie, May the Lord continue to bless you and your work and your family! Do you realize that you are raising an army of strong, resourceful young men and women to carry on your good deeds and compassion? You are making a bigger impact than you know.God bless!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06903041511835011298 Jacqueline

    I check your blog very often, just waiting for another glimpse of your beautiful heart and what the Lord is doing in your life. Thank you Lord for, Katie and her heart for you. Thank you for 21 years of life. Bless the year to come.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15564145775609339895 Janell

    still reading and waiting for the next post. God is using you in Uganda and here in the US through this blog. Thanks for keeping it up.

  • Anonymous

    Katie,You blow me away! Thank you for the continued inspiration I find in your blog. Happy Birthday, girl!Natalie

  • Anonymous

    HELLO THERE! I am a stranger yet a sister, and new follower of your blog! Please do not stop updating! You are so inspiring .. in more ways than you can imagine! Thank you for being so sacrificial of your life! Thank you for being so obedient to GOD's calling! You will be hearing from me again! Right now I am at a "waiting" time of my life.. a "seeking" time for direction, and a "listening" time for what His calling is for my family!! But I keep coming back to your blog.. feeling such a connection… Thank you for being apart of this period of my life! YOU ARE A BLESSING IN MORE WAYS THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!!! KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!!!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!

  • Anonymous

    Katie,I ran into your mom at Publix in Brentwood (recognized her from your blog). What a beautiful energetic woman! Praying for you and your kids! Julie J (PS I got to Strong Tower with Gwen and Suzanne)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06091232102936751058 The Ferrill’s

    Still reading, still praying for yall, still lovin' all the words of LIFE I read in your posts….Happy late birthday, Katie!Love,Laine

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10054790889751068095 shelley

    Yes, we read and are continued to be inspired.

  • Anonymous

    We're still reading and praying.

  • Anonymous

    We're still reading and praying.

  • Anonymous

    Yup, we definitely are still reading in NY and checking in regularly. XOXOXOXO!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09226024184305999010 Rochelle

    I read too. After discovering your blog a few weeks ago, I spent an entire weekend reading your blog. I am so inspired by your big heart. You have tons of people thinking and praying for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12680857991911483945 Perry

    I check every day and if I do not see a post I pray more for you and all that God is doing through you. Blessing to you my little sister in Christ.Perry

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07996994078621643193 Jeanine

    Yep, we are still here! I continue to be blessed and inspired by every post. You speak such big truth so clearly, and it is amazing to see how God is using you around here (in Murfreesboro!) to spur the hearts of His people to get to work and start caring for the orphans and adopt! Bless you as you serve Him alongside your daughters. I pray for the Lord to heal that fragile little boy of the sickle cell and for complete restoration of his body.Happy birthday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14208703220686709051 Mollie

    Amazing as always. Thank you for sharing. And yes, I am always challenged to hug my family a little tighter after reading!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17704105097936793987 blissful thoughts

    A heart fixed on Jesus is one of the sweetest and most blessed encouragements to His people. Keep serving, loving, helping, and being the person that God has called you to be. For, we are but a vapor, yet the time we do have can be some of the sweetest moments for the neighbors around us. thank you Katie.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12010117079673222119 Adrienne

    yes your blog is read, by friends, and strangers- and I fall in the last category! 2 of my 4 adult children were serving in Uganda this past August and one of my other children came across your blog- we are humbled and inspired! My son goes to Uganda at least once a year.. he is part of the Uganda Water Project- He and his family have a heart for Africa for years- we continue to follow you and continue to pray for you, your family and your ministry- THANK YOU!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00984946345145279521 Erica

    Uh yes. We read. So convicting and I'm taking a portion of your blog to quote on mine….later today. Love your post. Love your heart. Some day I can't wait to come visit you and your sweet babies.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16285448908056831937 John Ross

    I just found your blog! I teach third grade. I am reading and praying.

  • Anonymous

    My dear Katie. You are so welcome!I'm praying for little David. How sad! Do pray that he is doing better under your love & care.I pray for you daile, Katie, that you will stay well so you can continue God's work.Love you dearly

  • jenr8joy@live.com

    I know this man you are in the photo with. Megan:: Suncandy80@yahoo.com:: sent me a link to your blogspot. I will keep you in my prayers sister. Your love for Jesus and courage to trust Him has quickened my heart. I also know what it is like to sit at the cyber cafe in Jinja. My heart is still there. (with the children in Uganda) you are so blessed.Thank you for blessing my life.Jennifer Thibodeaux…find me on facebook as well.In His service.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yes dear Katie, I read. And learn. And receive encouragement. And pray. And cry. And think about you and all your dear little ones often. I check back here pretty often to see if you have posted–I guess you might call me a blog stalker. ;) Wishing you a belated happy birthday and blessings for this next year!Sarah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01233456173816940821 Elinor Dashwood

    What a blessing this post was! Thank you for the reminder to live for God every day, every moment of our lives!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13006198193450517574 Amy

    You are simply amazing and every time I stop by here ( stalking your blog every 5 minutes) I am blown away by your words and your life. Thank you for being willing to share. You are wise beyond your years.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14216697845934961718 andrew

    Thankyou Katie. Thankyou for stopping for the one. Thankyou for loving David. Thankyou for your obedience. Thankyou for sharing your life on this blog so that we may be encouraged and Jesus may be glorified!! Thankyou for challenging us to live for Jesus today, because today is all we ever have. Thank you!

  • Jonathan Jenkins

    We wait for blog updates with great expectation. You encourage and provoke us all. My heart breaks for these children I have never met by your writings. Thank you for provoking us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08643346408388508283 scrappy quilter

    Beautiful…and yes I check your blog everyday to see if there is an update.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01900807847790720857 Julie P

    Still read. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09925228679181184561 Aimee

    Yes Yes Yes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04692383640592925992 Adelyn

    My mom just told me about your blog and I know exactly how you feel (about "why me"). My family is adopting and I just get to wondering why is it me that gets to have such a blessing as it truely is. God has surely blessed you and in what you are doing. Thank you for being such a life saver to the people of Uganda. I'll be praying for you. God Bless!!! –Adelyn

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04692383640592925992 Adelyn

    My mom just told me about your blog and I know exactly how you feel (about "why me"). My family is adopting and I just get to wondering why is it me that gets to have such a blessing as it truely is. God has surely blessed you and in what you are doing. Thank you for being such a life saver to the people of Uganda. I'll be praying for you. God Bless!!! –Adelyn

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05550286109630080609 Lainie Walker

    My dear sister Katie, I will keep reading until my eyes can no longer see, or your hands can no longer write. Both of which I pray to God will not happen for many, many long years. You have encouraged my heart with your stories of relying on God and learning the meaning of faith. Grace, mercy, peace, faith, and love to you. God bless you with all spiritual riches!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14266138921396622842 Meli n Pat

    Wow!!I'm a welder by trade and currently out of work in Alaska. As I sit by my fire tonight and read your blog, I remember that I just threw away a bunch of little pieces of steel. What was a nuisance to me would have fed this family for a week. I wept as I read about that starving boy and I am reminded of just how blessed I am. Thank you for ministering to my heart with your blog.Keep up the good work Pat

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17800236407881741454 Deacon Pat

    I ran across your blog…..Not by chance I bet. Thank you for sharing and your witness.May God always keep you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12020865969599875558 Jaime

    Reading and praying!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14842604313084065350 Gemma

    Absolutely we are reading! ;) Your commitment to love the kids and obedience to The Lord are both inspiring and humbling. You go girl!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone read??? haha almost comical. you're my homepage.. haha I don't even know you. But I want to make sure that I don't miss a single episode in the saga. :-) Its encouraging and challenging. Thank you :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07612379223081192687 Susan

    I've just been introduced to your blog by two other blog comments this week. =] God is doing some great work through you Katie! I hope that as I catch up on old entries that I can get to know you better.-Susan =]

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11321017952664859382 kim

    I read… and hope, and love, and pray.

  • Pamela

    Beautiful post. I love your description of what we are called to do.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09063029032695060303 Susie

    Happy Birthday Katie! As I think of your words through the day tomorrow, I will hug my kids tighter tomorrow.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04455698547207302964 David and Sarah

    My son had a peanut reaction this past week, and I, too, was reminded of the brevity of this life. Thank you, Jesus, for my sweet Adam, and for Katie's sweet children (who are well now!), and for precious David. Hold him in Your loving care.Many blessings to you,Sarah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17033580568798422970 Kat

    Oh, I read your blog! I'm a good friend of Stephanie Dykes which is how I heard about you. I also work at Ravenwood. I spend every morning reading your blog entries. Many mornings I end up with tears in my eyes. You have challenged me in many ways Katie. I want to selflessly serve God the way that you do!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17033580568798422970 Kat

    Oh yes, I read your blog! I am a good friend of Stephanie Dykes and I work at Ravenwood. I start my mornings off with your blog entries everyday. Many mornings I end up with tears in my eyes. You have challenged me in so many ways Katie. I want to selflessly serve God the way that you do!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16684082406469270237 Amy

    Ha! I'm sitting here laughing at the 191 comments on this post…"If any of you still read my blog". I think you have your answer. :) I am always thrilled to see a post from you, Katie because you mirror the Father's heart so well and are an encouragement to all of us to do the same. You are so right – life is so short. God, help us to live all out for you TODAY. Give us your perspective. Love you, Katie. Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17253303288242135440 Laurel

    Great post, Katie.Keep seeking wisdom as to which children to bring into your home, and He will guide you.I learned several years ago to rejoice in each and every day that I have my children. While my oldest son was serving in Iraq (and facing death daily) my youngest son became deathly ill with bacterial meningitis. He was in a coma for a week. And, he will now tell you, "God took me to heaven, twice, but then he let me come home." We rejoice that the Lord allowed our precious Elijah to come home; yet we know that we all live on borrowed time. Today could be my day to meet my Maker, or it could be the day for any of my 13 children, whether in Iraq, or safe at home.Aren't Frances Chen's books amazing? Wow! His words have spoken powerfully to our family. Have you heard about his new book, on the Holy Spirit?Blessings,Laurelmama of 13

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07051821102578257785 Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    yes, Katie, I still read your blog. I used to check it daily, then it dawned on me that you were probably too busy to write everyday. so now, I check every other day. :) You are a tremendous inspiration and I pray for you often. God bless you sister. :) praying for you and everyone that enters your path. tereza

  • Penny

    You are such an inspiring example! What a blessing you are to so many people. Praying for you and your families tonight.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09606929277257683112 Lisa T

    I'm new to your blog and your story. Thank you for being a light of His grace and love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04518683650197369551 ecaglover

    Oh I do still read your blog! I check almost everyday for an update! You are a wonderful inspiration and I feel blessed to have stumbled upon your story. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Thank you for your ministry!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09878145582788717026 Tania

    Katie,You may view your main ministry as to your precious children and your neighbors in Uganda, but you also have a huge ministry to each of us who read your blog! Jesus shines through you! You have a heart after His and a boldness and gentleness to share it with each of us. Quite often the Lord brings to my mind something He laid on yours to share. Thank you for your love, your sacrifice and your willingness to give up the "American Dream" for His dream instead (which is so much better!) You show us the Biblical truth that it is far better to give than to receive!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10203122216522370092 Raymond

    I do read your blog! :) And appreciate it very very much.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17522952628831269036 Mardi

    Well, by your 199 comments and counting you know by now that you still have bloggers following your site! :) I've been showing your blog to my 2 year old daughter who I just came home with from China. We are now going to go and sign her up to sponsor a child from your ministry. What better way to start 2010! Because…as you said, it's how we live EACH day!

  • Annabelle

    Dear Katie,I really want to meet girls so much. From, Annabelle