No, that’s not my name. Not my daughter’s either. But, yes, it’s something I’ve had an abundance of. Thankfully so. I imagine you could say the same.

Who am I? 

My name is Haelie. I am a wife and mother of two children nearly ten years apart in age. (Currently our daughter is one and our son is ten.) I am a nurse by trade but have recently left the corporate nursing world to become a stay-at-home, homeschool mom.

Oh, a little BIG part I failed to mention is that I am doing the above in our new home villa across the world in the Middle East. As I am launching this new blog, we have been here as a family for almost three months. My husband preceded us by over a year. You will see more about all of that as you flip through the various posts I will have on here.

Interrupted by Grace

As most of us do in life, I have had many intricately analyzed, well-thought-out plans for mine and my families lives. Many were grandiose; many were mundane and even assumed to be basically a done deal. Regardless, from the simple to the significant, my plans seem to have a way of being shaken up substantially. (I remind you I am writing this from the Middle East. See what I mean?)

I have come to see this venture in our lives (as well as countless ones before) as precious interruptions to my “perfect” planning by our gracious God who loves us too much to let us stay in our comfort zones too long.

His ways are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9). And thankfully so.

Because of His gracious interruptions, we are now shipwrecked in a new, vastly different world. Through His guidance and provision alone, we are making our way in this desert land and are actually discovering those beautiful, thirst-quenching streams in the desert (Isaiah 43:19).

Whether back home in the United States or far, far away over here in the Middle East, our lives are truly a daily adventure and lesson in grace, faith, and contentment in any and all circumstances (Philippians 4:11-13).

As we imperfectly do life in a way that ultimately fulfills His perfect purpose for us, what a relief it is to know and claim that “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Pardon the Interruption—and Join Us in It!

So, whether you know us, know of us, or are just now finding out about us and are a bit curious, please feel free to follow along on our adventures in gracious interruptions.

Hopefully you will be inspired to live a life outside of your comfort zones as well, whether it means something as “small” as taking a new route to work or something as “big” as moving far from the place you have known as home for many years.

No thing is small in the eyes of our Creator—the Creator of the massive as well as the miniscule.

If you find your life graciously interrupted, remember—you too “can do all things through Him who gives you strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

We are living proof.


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