My name is Kristianna Puckett.

I also go by: Shanna, Kris, Mommy, Auntie, and Mzungu.

I am the second child in a family of 12, with 10 adopted siblings. I spent many years helping my mom raise drug affected babies, and traumatized youth. I used to dream of becoming a human rights attorney, until I made my first trip to Uganda. I spent nearly a year living, and working for an orphanage in south Uganda, until God led me to help begin a ministry in central Uganda. It is my desire to provide education for the precious children and empower churches to care for the orphans in their own communities in Uganda.

In September of 2016 I made my way back to Uganda. Since the decision to stay permanently I have witnessed more life & brokenness & hope & God’s glory than ever before. Today I am a foster mom to 4 children, coordinating a sponsorship program, serving at a children’s home, drinking all the coffee I can and living life with open hands.

I’m not perfect, but I am whole in Christ.

This blog is for the ramblings of my heart.

Feel free to contact me: sistertoten@gmail.com



  1. Everly · November 13, 2014

    Hi Kristianna,

    My name is Everly and I am a 22-year-old sister to eight. Four of my siblings were adopted from Haiti and one from Latvia. When my mom sent me the link to your post “I hate adoption,” I immediately felt a sense of kinship. I actually started a blog for siblings of adopted kids to help build a support system around people like you and I who have made sacrifices on behalf of other kids. It’s not that we don’t want to, but it’s also not easy. I really appreciate your honesty and hope that you’ll contact me just so we can shake hands over the internet. It’s cool finding someone with a story so close to mine. I’m putting the link to our Haitian adoption story below. It’s on my adoption blog, Pineapple Siblings.

    Have a great day!


    • Kristianna · November 13, 2014

      How cool! Several years ago I wanted to start some kind of community for adoptive siblings, but was never sure exactly what that would look like. There really is no support for siblings of adopted kids- which is crazy. It’s definitely not easy and I’ve seen many become resentful toward their parents and adopted siblings. But there is so much goodness and beauty in it if we are willing to see it. I can’t imagine my life without my adopted siblings… life would be so boring!

      Your blog is awesome- love it!

  2. brettfish · November 17, 2014

    So powerful, Kristianna. Just read your ‘I hate adoption’ post and going to link to it from my blog [Run a series called Taboo Topics and Adoption is one of those – http://brettfish.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/taboo-topics-adoption-intro%5D which i assume will be okay with you – hope it drives some traffic your way.

    all the best and thankx again
    love brett fish

    • Kristianna · November 17, 2014

      Totally okay with me! Thanks so much for sharing, Brett!

  3. Kristi · December 12, 2014

    Hi, my name is Kristi and I found this article, ‘I hate adoption’ on my friend, who has adopted 2 children, facebook page. A little about me. Before I was a christian, I found out I was pregnant when I was a teenager. I was so scared that I didn’t tell my parents till I was 5 months pregnant because I started showing. Abortion was tempting but I had such a love for this little one growing inside of me. By God’s grace, I decided to place him for adoption. I love him so much and after 22 years, I still love him so much even though I haven’t seen him since he was 9 days old. I miss him greatly and God-willing, I would love to see him again. I liked your article especially since it talked about God’s redemption and restoration of us and of this fallen world. I just disagreed when you wrote that ‘God hates adoption’. God hates sin and the hurt caused by it but He loves adoption. I love Jesus and by His grace I can say that. My heart still aches over placing my son for adoption and praying for him daily helps me remember that the Lord loves him and loves me. I hope and will pray that the Lord will lead you in the future as you, so wonderfully, show His love to others.
    Take care,


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