Friday, January 6, 2012


Whether you have found your way here from Facebook or my dear friend Elizabeth's blog, thank you for coming by.  In this new space, I hope to provide a glimpse into the life we as a family are embracing as missionaries in the Catholic Church in service in Costa Rica.  Right now, that life is all about packing and preparing and praying our way to our post.  Will you join us in prayer as we fill our final days here with the business of work, the still silence of prayer and the warm embrace of family and friends? And why don't you leave us the intentions or one word your heart is speaking to you this New Year? We will carry them with us on our journey and deliver them safely into the hands of Our Lady of the Angels at her shrine in Cartago. We would love to take you all on this adventure with us.


  1. I hadn't really planned on choosing a word for the year, but I happened to pop into an adoration chapel last Friday, though I hadn't planned on being there, and I clearly heard that my word for the year is "Mercy." To fully know God's mercy in my life, and to be more merciful with those around me, especially my children.
    God bless you in all you do this year.

  2. I don't have a word to share but I do want to tell you that we will pray for you all and thank you so much for sharing this extraordinary adventure and love with us all!

  3. I'm so glad I popped in @ Elizabeth's blog. The news of your recent blessings are incredible! Our prayers are with you as you step into your journey.

    May God's hand be in and on everything you touch.

    Oh boy to offer a single intention or word...yikes. No, yikes is not my word ;-).

    Healing for so many of my loved ones.
    Peace and courage, for those intentions in my heart.

    Thank you!

  4. Hi sweet friend!

    My word is "fiat." Not sure why, but it was crystal clear.

    Can y'all pray for my uncle/godfather? He has a very rare cancer that M.D. Anderson is trying to treat.

    Thank you! We'll pray for your family daily.

  5. Prayers and hugs and more prayers ... what an exciting adventure! Thx for letting us share the way ...

  6. Healing.

    For Richard to be healed and converted.

    For my children and I to be healed from all the abuse we have endured and protection from those who are still harming us.

  7. Prayers for your family.
    My one word is "HOPE".

  8. Dear Colleen,
    I pray you are blessed by this new venture and you are able to reach so many others for Christ.
    I am still thinking about the future for our family and my own goals for this year. Life is busy and I need to get to it.
    I would ask that you present our intentions : to sell our house and for my husband to get a job on the mainland so we can move to near other Catholic families
    God Bless

  9. please bring the intentions of the K family to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Angels.

  10. Our family will pray for all of you during our evening prayers. Many blessings to you as you become Our Savior's hands and feet to the people of Costa Rica. If you would take our plea of a job for my husband to Our Lady, I would be so thankful.

  11. I wasn't sure at first which of my little intentions would be worthy to send with you, then it hit me all at once: For the conversion of KJ, husband to a dear, devout friend.
    I too have a band of brothers with me, and will also be 13 weeks along in mid-January. I followed your blog before, and witnessed your incredible faith and strength, and was delighted to see that we'll both be nurturing new life at roughly the same time. You can be sure that you'll be in my prayers as well. God bless you.

  12. I found your blog through Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda). My word for the year is "Trust".

    Please pray that my husband, Caleb, will find a job, he lost his almost 3 years ago. Thank you so much! You and your family will be in my prayers!

  13. How lovely to see that you will be blogging again. I have missed your voice. Blessings and peace be with you all on this new journey.

  14. Wow... another missionary adventure. I am proud of you all! I know Costa Rica has been in your heart for a long time now. I pray this adventure is Wonderful and that you are all able to share your multitude of talents. I think of you often and miss you...

    My word is HOPE... for you, your family and all those you will touch. I have never forgotten your friendship and support all those years ago in SVG!

  15. Praying for you all on your new journey. Prayers for your loss, as well. I believe our word is "acceptance." We need to learn to graciously accept what happens in our lives, as we have had a several years of loss and change....