Tonight, I rock a baby who is not mine.

For the fifth time this year, we have a foster-baby.

I snuggle her close and gaze into her eyes as I feed her a bottle and sing Jesus over her. I kiss her forehead and pat her back just as if she were mine. I swaddle her tight and I tuck her in beside my pillow as if she were mine. But Jesus said, “Not this one.”

When we offer to foster a baby in the midst of our craziness, and when people learn that we are fostering another baby, they make the “you’re crazy” face. (come to think of it, people make that face at me a lot ;) ) “Don’t you already have your hands full?”

Yes. My hands are full. My heart is full. My life is full. And that is why I do it. Because faith is a verb. Faith does. Love does.

And because someone, somewhere did it for me.

My babies grew in someone else’s womb and someone else did the hard labor of bringing them into this world. Whether they remember the person or not and whether we know the person or not, my children did not survive the first years of their lives on their own. Even though for most of them the early years were not ideal, and even though I was the one chosen to teach them about consistent meals and bear hugs and pajamas, someone, somewhere carried. Someone, somewhere held. Someone, somewhere fed.

And with great hope I believe that one day in Heaven I will know who these people were and I will be able to embrace them. To these people, wherever they are, I am incredibly grateful. I feel so privileged to be able to do the same for a Momma who can’t right now.

We say “Yes.” Our hands are full. And we believe we have been filled to spill out.

Today we are thankful to love in the gap.


  • http://harvestinghanna.blogspot.com Hanna

    Amen, sista. I have just recently found your blog and charity. You are such an inspiration to me. I've put you on my Christmas list. I don't want gifts, I only want to help people doing the work I so desparately want to be a part of.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Thanksgiving Katie. You are a blessing to so many.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00251869333168942963 Waiting for Zufan!

    Oh, wow, I love this. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16472282381062622878 Cindy

    Amazing! :) I just bought your book and look forward to reading your story and following your blog! God Bless You! :) ~Cindy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11929967116411498173 The Annessa Family

    Beautiful. God bless you, your family, and your ministry this Thanksgiving and always. Brookewww.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15456291667703764012 L.O.T.

    Beautiful, Katie. Thank you for posting. Wow!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14250919916672926297 Purposely at Home

    so powerful. thank you, katie…may you be blessed.

  • Anonymous

    It is amazing what happens when we say "yes" to God…Happy Thanksgiving :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09252011706208068724 Lea also known as “CiCi”

    Katie, What a testimony! What a blessing! So, so thankful for young women like you that have sold themselves out to the Lord and ministering to all these precious little lives. Blessings abundant to you this Thanksgiving Day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02426791394343032657 Johanna

    Absolutely beautiful, Katie!! My daughter and I are reading your book together and are loving every word and proclamation in it! Thank u for writing it!! May God continue to bless u and your babies!!!

  • Darcie Kaiser

    Sweet Katie, you have changed my life. Your words are so beautiful and I want to thank you for sharing them. I have 3 teenage daughters and I see pieces of you in all of them and am so blessed. I want more. I want more of a relationship with Him because I see now the beauty of it. I am not worthy of His attention, but I know He wants mine. I pray for you often as I pray for my own daughters. I pray for you, your daughters, your safety, and your strength. I thank the Lord for blessing this earth, Uganda, Masese, your daughters, your family, your friends, and your many followers and supporters with the gift of you. You are changing lives and I thank you for changing mine.

  • Dan

    im incredibly inspired by the work that you do! God has truly blessed you with an amazing heart and i hope that i can show the same kind of love and compassion that you do on a daily basisKeep it up Katie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04380052147720120603 Amanda

    Upon hearing about you from a pastors' wife on Sunday, I have spent my week reading your blog all the way back to 2007. While reading you blog God has broken my heart for the country of Uganda and suddenly everything I read has something to do with Uganda. I just want to let you know you have truly inspired me, my heart is aching to answer the call of God on my life. One day I want to meet you and just give you a great big hug. I am so thankful for all you are doing over there. I believe God is going to open a door for me in Uganda and I cannot be more excited!Just a 19 year old/ministry intern/college student from the gulf coast of Mississippi passionate for God.God Bless you!-Amanda

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00799374786076387438 We Are Family

    So true and so well written.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18221349654103920087 Erica

    Filled to spill out. I need to keep remembering this. I can feel to busy, but He always gives me more to give out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02294446981531836637 Teacharoundtheworld

    As my 4th grade teacher always said, "Crazy people help make this world more interesting!" Continue to help baffle the world with your craziness Katie^_^ Besides if you didn't do what you've been doing you never would of heard the hilarious comments Patricia said about the turkey! My grandma & I thought those Tweets were hilarious!:) Thanks for sharing.Psalm 126 -128 (Message)It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn't believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations— "God was wonderful to them!" God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.Don't you see that children are God's best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior's fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.All you who fear God, how blessed you are! how happily you walk on his smooth straight road! You worked hard and deserve all you've got coming. Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!. . . The children around your table as fresh and promising as young olive shoots. Stand in awe of God's Yes. Oh, how he blesses the one who fears God!I thought these scriptures would encourage you Katie. Continue to persevere sis. Even though many of us who read the blog might not be there physically to lend a hand we are with you in prayer and finances. You are not alone. The Mighty Lord & all of us will share the burdens with you (John 17:20-23). May your cup and your family's cup always overflow with the LORD's love! ^_^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12692936239384102040 Valerie

    Precious Katie, God shines so brightly through your sweet vessel. Your obedience to Him is a testimony to what lives look like when we focus one how great God is and how amazing is His love. I know you do not want to be praised, but can I say…..God is using your life to change mine?

  • Tabby Njeri

    AMEN!!!and AMEN!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01329012663561297080 Erin

    precious. i'm reading your book, katie, and praying for your ministry!xoxoerinsweetnessitself.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11896748964689585524 suubifamily

    I love it…."we are thankful to love in the gap." I want to love in the gap, too. Thank you for a beautiful post!

  • Anonymous

    Ps.119:34-37 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments,for I delight in it.Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;and give me life in your ways.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15642825788100257897 Sarah

    sister, i'm so glad you said yes to this sweet love. can't wait to celebrate with you when she's home and cry with you when you say goodbye again. love the way you DO love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10374206655203728491 Hedy King

    Such beautiful thoughts this morning, Katie. You are the Mother Teresa of your generation, my dear. What you do is admirable and brave and loving. Thank you for being so much more Christlike than the rest of us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13414526295669048539 Vashti

    Praying for blessing s to be poured out over you as you love this baby. As a adoptive Mum I am also so thankful to the biological mothers of my babies and to those who loved and cared for them until they came home to us. I have followed your blog for a long time now and have never left a comment until now. I am half way through your book and your life is an inspiration to me.I am praying for you and those beautiful girls of yours.Be blessed Katie.much love. Vashti

  • Anonymous

    Katie I'm listening to you on Dave Ramsey's show as I comment on your blog. I think you are awesome! I will purchase your book for my kids and I. Dave Ramsey ask you what you need from his 5,000,000 listeners, your response was Prayer. Wow! I wish I could join the ranks of arch angels that God ordain over the protection of your safety. God bless you Katie for what you do, but even more who you are.

  • Janet Kiessling

    Dear Katie, We love what you are doing over there!!! We are adoptive parents to 6 blessings! Would love to adopt them ALL!! Heard you on the Dave Ramsey Show; WOW!! Love your story! It really hit our hearts! Just finished your book! Now our 11 yr old daughter wants to read th book! She wants to go to Uganda! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13485518521402606014 Stacy

    I love this post, Katie. I love your heart. As a foster mother and an adoptive mother, I know what a privilege it is to care for and pray over and bless and love a little one– precious to Him, thus precious to me. I, too, am thankful for the ones who came before me in their lives. I've read your blog for years and just finished your book a few weeks ago and *loved* it. Thank you for sharing your story. You inspire and challenge and love Jesus so well through your life. He shines brightly in you. Blessings to you and your dear family.~Stacy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11895748323533125571 viviana

    This reminds me of the song that says, "I know I'm filled to be emptied again… the seed I've received I will sow."Thanks for being filled so that you can spill out and touch the lives of others :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18363455244282351552 phogue

    Beautifully said, Katie.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13495635759197523482 Ania

    Katie you are a beautiful soul! Blessings to your family!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06092947363306692646 He calls me Daughter

    Thank you for loving in the gap Katie, may He continue to fill you up so that you continue to pour out into the lives of others and may He do the same with me. Love and prayers little sister.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17068590599997073735 Here I Am

    Even when our hands are full, He make it possible for us to say "yes". Thank you Katie, you make me understand what is the sacrifice that we, as Christians, children of God, need to make, to go and bring His unconditional love out of our own comfort zone. :) Blessings & Love,Josephine Ruth(from Singapore)

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so beautiful. Thank you for these reminders. It's so easy to slip into trying to fit life into a mold. You are a true inspiration to let God mold us instead of our society.

  • http://www.kutterbutter.com Jamie Kutter

    and He smiles…

  • Anonymous

    Dear Katie, Just wanted you to know that our family is praying for you! Just finished your book!! WOW! Amazing stuff!! God is Good! We are adoptive parents – we know whats it feels like to want to just adopt them all!!! Blessings – the Kiessling family

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08731985788380720052 Athena Grace

    Thank you for writing this post. It has encouraged me greatly! Again I say thank you. For you are so right, Faith is a verb.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11394164233019032887 PeeJumpty

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Katie. I want to hold this precious little one close, too.

  • csz130

    Just finished reading your book. I did it in one setting and really enjoyed it. I have a friend leaving on tues to go to Uganda to pick up the 2 girls she is adopting!What He has led you to do is wonderfull. I know in my life he has given me the heart to be a nurse and still love it 38 years later. Prayors to follow, carolyn zapf csz130@aol.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06283197748791227012 Hold my hand: a social worker’s blog

    Katie, I just came across your blog, and I am so amazed at the beautiful work you have done.What an inspirational experience. You are an angel!Blessings. Doris

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12501080993405093826 jillianw04

    Katie! You have no idea how much you have touched my heart! I bought your book and am devouring it. I have been wrestling with the same conflicting feelings about this culture of "so much" that I live in and a culture that can't even feed its children. We have four bio children and we are in the process of adopting a special needs baby from China. People around us are constantly looking at us with that same, "Are you CRAZY?" look. It baffles me that more people aren't on this journey. My response to them is, "Crazy is what love does." Crazy is what God did for us! And I'm so glad he did it! I have added you to my prayer list. I am praying that God will bless you with the strength you need to keep loving everyone around you. I'm praying that He would give you encouragement just when you need it and that He would continue to provide in the beautiful Country you call home. So glad to "know" a new sister in Christ! Blessings!!jill winslow

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03087487658822307388 Jodi Tuell

    Adorable picture! Thank you, Katie, for your blogs. I always look forward to them. They are always a special treat. I am living out my dreams through you and I thank you for sharing yourself, your thoughts, and your lessons. They are a huge inspiration to me.Jodi

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03087487658822307388 Unknown

    Thank you, Katie, for taking the time to share the life God has given you with not only the hundreds of children who have become your life, but with those of us who have been so blessed because of it. I absolutely LOVED your book and rationed it out so I wouldn't finish it too quickly! My mother was a nurse in Africa and her heart was always there. She instilled the same love in my heart and I am blessed by hearing and reading of your life there. I always look forward to your blogs. I don't know how you find the time to write them, but I am so blessed because you do.Thank you.Jodi

  • http://www.facebook.com/stacy.wilson.willoughby Stacy Willoughby

    Thanks so much for sharing your lives & stories with us. You will never know this side of Heaven how much they have meant to me. I love your book and will probably read it and quote from it again and again. I am a foster mother in Missouri, and I understand where you are coming from. God bless and keep you and all of yours. Please say a prayer for us as well, as we currently are loving some little guys we will have to let go soon. My heart is so heavy for them and this heart wrenching situation, sometimes I wonder how I can make another day doing foster care. But 10+ years and two adoptions later, we press on. As long as we believe we are suppose to. Love your sister in Christ, Stacy Willoughby

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10877389420598114512 Anne Marie

    Your writings are beautiful and inspiring. May the Lord bless you and all those around you. :)

  • Anonymous

    You are truly an inspiration! Just finished reading your book and I didn't want it to end! As I was reading the last page, I thanked God that the "story" does not have an ending. God bless you and your little ones.

  • http://www.gracetags.com/blog Janelle@GraceTags

    Part of my heart longs to be the mother of several abandoned children. What an honor!Janelle

  • Anonymous

    I am a mom to 10 and many foster! I got your book and just couldn't put it down! Your words and what is in my heart and we try to live out! I love it, you give me strength and encouragement even on our hard human feeling days! Keeping doing, keep loving and keep sharing Jesus!

  • Betty White

    What a wonderful book…what a wonderful ministry. I have just finished your book and was so moved by it that I bought two to give as gifts for Christmas. I also want to contribute to your ministry and will do so below. Thanks for such a beautiful ministry!!!

  • Betty White

    I think I made a mistake on the previous comment I tried to send. Just wanted to let you know that I was so moved by your book that I bought two more to give as presents. I plan to become a contributor to your ministry.

  • Anonymous

    Dearest Katie, I just finished your book (in three days). The Holy Spirit has used you to touch me very deeply and has revealed things to my heart that I had been asking of Him for a long time.God used you to change me. For good. Thank you for your obedience and heart toward His kingdom – here and in heaven. I doubt I will get to know you here… but I'll be in that long line in Heaven to thank you in person :-) In His love, Heidi

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16921716602600025046 Maureen

    Fantastic post, Katie! I have read your book and now follow your blog, and I have just started to sponsor one of your precious children in Uganda. What an honor this is to give back to God what is already His and have it better the life of one of His young souls.I am anxiously awaiting the necklace I purchased at Amazima Ministries and will share your story to all as I wear it with love for the work you are doing in Uganda. How I loved Uganda when I went on a mission trip to this beautiful country. You are truly an inspiration, Katie, and I always pray for you each night. God be with you, precious one!All is glorious grace given, Maureen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16562193876077953870 The Foster Family

    Amen! This foster momma's heart understands completely.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13284831316657041310 Michaela E Stam

    A good reminder. God is so in control!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02753638947634185255 Kim Yeatts

    I love the pink toenails!!Finished your book and can't wait to read it as our next family read-aloud book. Kim Y.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02753638947634185255 Kim Yeatts

    I love the pink toenails!!Finished your book and can't wait to read it as our next family read-aloud book. Kim Y.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02753638947634185255 Kim Yeatts

    I love the pink toenails!!Finished your book and can't wait to read it as our next family read-aloud book. Kim Y.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13963931911436397173 Enjoy Country Living

    Beautiful Katie, and may our Heavenly Father Bless you and your girls always. We love you and pray for you! God has his hand in your life and his arms around you. Hope your Thanksgiving with your family was great! ♥

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07041448798074438184 Alanna K

    Dear Katie, I think you are wonderful and I am telling everyone I know about you and the beautiful calling you have from God. I am truly inspired by you and your love of Jesus, and you have taught me so much in your book and your blog! I will pray for you and all the many people you help in Uganda. God has blessed US with YOU! Thank you so much! Kisses "right back at cha"…

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

    Thankful to love in the gap. Beautiful.

  • Joy Colston

    Katie, That is the beauty of adoption! I pray for you and yours daily! I also pray for me and my family that our eyes might be opened to God's desires. That baby is precious and who did her toenails?!!! Fostering a child is a work of LOVE–not to be taken lightly. I love your kind of crazy!!! Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    You're right..we say our lives are too busy to take on 'more' than we've,..for the most part chosen to 'give' ourselves..to take on more, seems difficult, but I know once we do, the rich reward of sharing God's heart with others, will go beyond what we thought we could give.-robin

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04820163873595988010 Smith Family ~ “Party of Six”

    So thankful for the people who stood in the gap for our Four Teens for YEARS before the Lord allowed us to get all together under one roof. Mamas all over the world rejoice that THEIR babies are loved. So thankful you love even when your own heart is at times bankrupt… that you allow Jesus to keep making those daily deposits to give and give and give. I wish we could have coffee Katie. I'm reading your family's book and I'm blessed. Maybe someday. Peace to you Katie… much much peace.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08757470963617978140 Jennifer Baker

    Amen and Amen! Your active faith is beautiful, humbling and inspiring. May we all seek to love others actively and sacrificially just as we are instructed to do. Your testimony is raw, true and grace-filled. I would love to meet you and the people you love. Perhaps one day.Read your book in like two days. Been recommending it to everyone I know. Press on for the King Katie, precious one!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15367647746495880634 Stacey

    Katie, you are beautiful and Christ is BIG in you! Love the baby hiney! =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11025807807705605682 Mary Margaret Gregg

    Katie,I just saw a link to your blog on facebook from an orphanage in Cambodia that I have had the pleasure to visit and serve in twice now. I felt an instant connection to your journey, one of those "a ha" moments where God points out a kindred spirit. Mine is certainly a bit different, I have 5 biological children, but similar in that God has called me to serve those that are not mine. I feel such a strong desire to mother the motherless, it sometimes overwhelms me. People think I'm crazy! I get the understated, "How can you risk leaving your own children behind?" But as you said, "It's in the bible." It's a calling, not an option. I am trying now to be still and have God reveal to me my next move. Whether to expand my current family with another biological child, an adopted child, a foster child, or just to continue serving in areas that need it the most. I'm almost 40, so I hear the clock getting slower and slower. I think, am sure, that God had me read your blog today for the first time. I will certainly read your book as well. Excited to do so. And who knows, maybe one day our kindred spirits will meet and share stories about our unique journies. Until then, God bless you and all your precious little ones.Mary Margaret Gregg aka Missionary Mama

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08799519878748282868 Learning Together at Home

    Yes! We are in a tough time right now with one of our kids. But I still choose to be thankful for those who did what I couldn't do right in the middle of the hard places that my kids are from. I can be thankful for them and live in hopeful expectation of a time when I will get to thank them in person.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18341173662356757806 courtney linn

    Such a cute foster baby!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08034712520389831844 Allison

    Thank you for being "Jesus with skin on" as we say at our church.

  • Lindsay

    Dearest Katie, thank you for your YES to God. Because you continue to say, "Yes" and listen to God's calling, even in the hardest of times, and then share that ministry in your book…others catch the flame and the chain of loving and serving continues.I have been so inspired. I finished your book and have gifted it on to the first of many who share our love of our Lord. I am also forwarding the link to your women's bead ministry to my church choir friends, knowing that is one small way we can help. God's continued Blessings on you Katie.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07378258877215671647 AnnieM

    Amen. You, your family and you community are in my prayers. May God continue to Bless you with His knowledge and will.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01353955201144145831 jenifer

    sweet katie. thank you for your shining example. your journey inspires me to walk my own journey with equal diligence. my husband is a business professor who does research for many non-profit organizations in social entrepreneurship. please let me know if you have any organizational questions that we could help you with. you may already have a consultant you work with, but he would be happy to help your organization any way he can. he is just in the beginning stages of work with another program in uganda and may be making a trip your way sometime next fall. he usually asks, what is the thing you worry about at night and then uses his years of educational research and historical data to give some examples/ideas that might help…email us anytime at toddnjenifer@peak.org. you are one of God's favorites. and one of my favorites too! i know that someday we will meet.with love from oregon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14576447532853125738 Mortgageman1

    Hi Katie, god bless you for what you do . I'm a father of 4 and can't imagine a child going hungry or without parents. I pray my own daughters have your faith and compassion God Bless

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12648229748088235109 Jane@flightplatformliving

    i am in tears! what an awesome first post to read! i am so so glad i found your blog!my heart is so lost to orphans and i am currently fundraising for reeces rainbow! as a mum of 3 beautiful kids, one with smith magenis syndrome…my heart breaks for the forgotten children, especially those extra special babies who will be sent to mental institutions!God bless you and your wondrous heart! xxxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00496538559216384213 Hannah Carrigan

    Katie, I found your blog through a friend and after reading the first post I couldn't stop the tears. I was then watching a video a friend had posted where you were sharing a little about your story and I was very inspired as I listened to you share about the decisions you had to make in moving to Uganda. It didnt seem like an option to you… Loving isn't an option to you. You have allowed God to love you and let that love pour out on those precious children all around you. Your life is an inspiration… The same day God led me to your blog I had been sharing with a friend about the dreams and the desires in our hearts. We talked about our heart lining up with the heart of our Father so that His desires and ours become one. As we shared, God gave her a vision that was very similar to a dream God had given me almost two years ago. It confirmed a calling on my life. Right after I got home from being with her I discovered your blog that connected to my heart so much. God keeps confirming His promises for my life in many ways and your story is one of them. Right now I am being obedient with what God has called me to here. I will be in medical school for a few years but even through that I believe God's plans are wonderful. I know God is going to take me and use me out of the country (He has already started) and I am grateful that He would use someone as small as me to share His love. Thank you for being obedient to God and for the inspiration you are to so many people. God is definitely not finished with you.

  • Sarah

    Hey, How can I email you & speak with you? I have heart that is in love with Africa and I would just die to speak to someone who has lived there for awhile now.(:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00496538559216384213 Hannah Carrigan

    Katie,I found your blog through a friend and after reading the first post I couldn't stop the tears. I was then watching a video a friend had posted where you were sharing a little about your story and I was very inspired as I listened to you share about the decisions you had to make in moving to Uganda. It didnt seem like an option to you… Loving isn't an option to you. You have allowed God to love you and let that love pour out on those precious children all around you.Your life is an inspiration… The same day God led me to your blog I had been sharing with a friend about the dreams and the desires in our hearts. We talked about our heart lining up with the heart of our Father so that His desires and ours become one. As we shared, God gave her a vision that was very similar to a dream God had given me almost two years ago. It confirmed a calling on my life. Right after I got home from being with her I discovered your blog that connected to my heart so much. God keeps confirming His promises for my life in many ways and your story is one of them. Right now I am being obedient with what God has called me to here. I will be in medical school for a few years but even through that I believe God's plans are wonderful. I know God is going to take me and use me out of the country (He has already started) and I am grateful that He would use someone as small as me to share His love.Thank you for being obedient to God and for the inspiration you are to so many people. God is definitely not finished with you.

  • Anonymous

    Katie every time I read your blog it opens my heart and eyes even more to Gods love for us. I can't fathom the life God has given you, but thank him daily that he did. Your daily life is a true testimate to what it means to be a Christian, life isn't easy but he will bless us. Thank you for being so honest and for continuing to encourage me on my daily walk with our Lord. Lots of Love to you and your family. Tracie Shidler

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11402132893353358700 Rebekah

    Praise God! Every life is valuable because God made and loved.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05535791751737077003 shanda

    Your vision and love for our Saviour has been such an inspiration for me!! I'm currently living in Ukraine and in so many ways can relate to your feelings. God bless:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11156951176527157742 Mimmi

    WOW. just like everyone is telling you,you are an inspiration. your heart and your life is SO beautiful and challenging.the lord rejoice over you and your family with singing,you ARE mother theresa in our time,for this people…a frind just told me about you, thank you for writing, people will follow what you are living for.

  • Anonymous

    I read the book you wrote and I was deeply touched by your words and the truth to them. You have inspired me. I have always longed to do something bigger than myself and your story is so inspiring. I yearn to trust Jesus with my life like you do. Just amazing and inspiring.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/cancerone-college Akum

    Great post. I like I've found your blog.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Katie,I am in the middle of reading your book right now and it is already impacting my life. I have always known how blessed we are here in the United States and I have always wanted to make a difference in other peoples' lives. You have encouraged me to take action and I hope to be like you someday. Thankyou for showing me that it is possible for someone to make a difference.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06925122774209184323 Bubbly Girl

    A lady just gave me your book and WOW! I am so inspired by it!! For a couple of years I have wanted to start an orhpanage in India but I guess I always thought it would be super easy. Your book is giving me a reality check but at the same time i am getting SO exciteda bout all the amazing miracles God has in store for me. Thanks so so much for being such a light in this world! i will be praying

  • Anonymous

    Katie your story is changing lives. Your beauty and wisdom is beyond words and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do in the name of the Lord.Prayers to you and your ministry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14366737473619508232 Rebecca Bany

    That post was amazing and beautiful and kind and incredible… I could go on forever. God bless you.www.rebeccabany.com

  • http://anewgrace.wordpress.com/ Anonymous

    What a sweet reminder that every good and perfect gift is from God, and that we are all, each of us, completely helpless to do any good work apart from Him. Thank you for that truth, and for sharing these precious slivers of your heart.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02676581865000545783 sandy

    Hi Katie, I am buying my second Kisses from Katie book and it's apparently the last one in the DFW area. It's out of print? I hope you get some more printed out soon. We love you Katie!!! Beautiful sister :) Merry Christmas

  • Karen

    Dear Katie:I just read your book, I got it for christmas, and I wanted to thank you for all the work you do. Thank you for loving all the children of Uganda, thank you for being Jesus to them. You have encouraged me in my journey, shown me that even when my family thinks I'm crazy, it's only Jesus that matters.Thank you for letting God use you. I am praying for you and your sweet family.

  • Monica

    I was in Barnes and Noble last evening looking for an exciting novel to bury myself into when I was drawn to the display where your book stood. Without a 2nd thought,I was at the counter paying for it. 24 hrs later and I am finding it hard to put down. You are doing God's work. What an incredible inspiration and beautiful spirit you are. God bless you and your children. Because of your sacrifices, you are giving many a chance at life that they may never have had. God bless, you are forever in my prayers.

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    wow..its really good

  • Seirena

    You are an amazing younge woman! I know God is the center of your life and the life of your children. I pray Gods blessings for your family and your mission. Cant not wait to get your book!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14801786204872245403 Julia’s Dad

    I love your book, Kisses from Katie!My mom and I are going to read it together, but I took a peek.My mom's friend named Julia my namesake gave it to us.Even though I am only 10 turning 11 in 2/23/12, I want to help!Do have any way I or my family can help.I know we can pray, but is there another way we can help? Godbless you.Julia age 10eagacia

  • Anonymous

    Katie, you don't know me, but I wanted you to know that you have changed my views on adoption, God's commands, and so many other thinngs. i read your book with laughter and (many) tears. God is changing so many things thourgh you and I am so glad that you said 'yes'

  • Anonymous

    Dear Katie,I just want to say that, despite a personal aversion to all things religious, I was very touched by the article about you on NPR, and now that I've discovered your blog, I'm stunned at what a great writer you are. (I say that as a writing teacher who doesn't give compliments lightly.) I don't think you are crazy at all. I think you're amazing.Happy new year to you and your brood.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13645950281408394381 The Path:

    This is incredible. While reading, it took everything in me to not just break down and cry (mostly because I'm work. =D ). God has placed Africa in my heart and I long to be a mother to the motherless, a sister to the sisterless. Reading what you do and the way that God works through you just floors me. I read it and I get so excited for the day when I can post a blog about having a new foster baby. So all this to say is, although I don't know you personally, or even know that much about you…I admire you greatly. I see that God is using you in such amazing ways and it's so inspiring.

  • Anonymous

    i am amazed ihave heard about stories of God doing big things through people but i know your story a lot better then just hearing about it you have done increadable things through God

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13700755652524459471 Simetry

    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16954525505196434095 Desiree

    This is beautiful. This is faith in action. This is LOVE.


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