I believe in a God who made us and then became one of us and still walks with us today.
I believe in a God who desires to spend eternity with us.
I believe we are invited into a spacious life of faith and grace where we can embrace fully who we are and all that we can be because we are known, loved and approved by our Father.
I believe the mercy we receive calls us to seek justice for others, to love the outcast, and to be a voice for the voiceless.
I believe in loving mercy, acting justly, and walking humbly.
I believe we are all meant to live as grace grabbers, Kingdom dwellers, and truth tellers who form one Body.
I believe laughter and lament are both gifts that give us glimpses of heaven.
I believe our stories can change the world.
I believe the harder the day, the bigger the earrings it requires.
I believe in the power of fancy shoes, hot tears, fine wine, good words, strong coffee and deep vulnerability.
I believe we are better together.
Want to know my heart? Start with these posts:
- Me, In Him: In Pursuit
- Me, In Ministry: Birth Stories and Brave Women
- Me, Married: On Co-Laboring and a Soft Place to Land
- Me, Mothering: The Mommy Question I’m Not Asking Any More
- Me, Grieving: Grief Shrapnel
Want more details? Here you go:
I’m Colleen. I am wife to Greg of 17 years and mother to five precious sons here on earth. We also have five precious children awaiting us in heaven: our sixth son, Bryce, who flew home to heaven in his sleep on September 1, 2009, and four little ones we have lost to miscarriage.
In 2011, my husband and I formed a non-profit in the name of our son, St. Bryce Missions, with the hope of honoring our son’s life by serving others who do not experience the consolation we had as faithful Christian Catholics who hold the hope of heaven.
God led us to Costa Rica and the Cabecar indigenous peoples and we moved our family here in 2012. Since then we have been working to put faith, hope and love in action here and any other place in the world He has led us. We run the St. Francis Emmaus Center out of our mission home to provide access to medical care, support and health education to indigenous mothers. Our goal is to keep more babies in their mommies’ arms, safe and healthy.
As a woman, wife, homeschooling mom, missionary and writer, I wear a lot of hats in my daily life, but the most important thing to me is to live the love of Jesus with all my heart. In this space, I work out what that means in words, share about our missionary adventures, tell the stories of the people we meet and occasionally a funny story too. I hope that everything you find here encourages you on your journey. And I hope you will make yourself at home, join in the conversation, and come back again.