Hello there! I'm Shay and I'm the owner/creator of Wonderfully Chaotic. I've been blogging on and off since 2004. I use to blog on LiveJournal, then on Wordpress, and I finally decided to move here to Blogger in 2009 for a variety of reasons, one being a blog name change. At my previous blog, people were mistakenly coming to the blog because of the poem with the same name and it just made it terribly confusing. I also wanted to have a blog name that was more...well, me. I consulted with the hubby and we decided that Wonderfully Chaotic described us pretty darn well. :)
So, a little bit more about me. I've just recently become a "thirty-something" and I spend my days taking care of my home and teaching kiddos. I've been married for almost 12 crazy & wonderful years to my handsome hubby. Our relationship has been a whirlwind and we've experienced a lot of good & bad things but I wouldn't trade it for anything else. He's a hard worker and a wonderful father to our children.

And speaking of children...we have seven beautiful kiddos!
Jazzy - 15 years old. Husband's daughter/my stepdaughter. Loves music, painting nails, reading, playing board/card games, makeup, and country girl stuff.
Zeke - 11 years old. Loves history, Doctor Who, presidents, Legos, reading, baseball - especially the Cubs, Star Wars, and mystery stories.
Ellie - 7 years old. Loves My Little Pony, animals of all kinds - especially dogs and horses, fashion, playing games, Legos, and pretending.
Zac - 4 years old. Loves everything to do with trains, his stuffed cat "Mow," the letter W, the color yellow, and being LOUD!
Hezzy Sam - 2 years old. Loves firetrucks, trains, exploring, getting into things, jumping, and copying his brother Zac.
Betsy - 11 months old. The calmest, most chill baby girl ever. Loves climbing, smiling, snuggling, scooting, and studying faces.
New Baby - Due June/July 2017

Some of the topics I discuss on our blog are:

- Our home and family life: Our family lives in the cornfields of rural Indiana. We have at one time or another had: dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, and assorted woods-related wildlife living at our house. Currently we just have one lazy hound dog. I write about being a stay at home mom, homemaking, organization and minimalism, marriage, and motherhood.
- Homeschooling: We've been homeschooling since my oldest son was in preschool and it's a great learning experience, not only for the kids but me as well. I am currently homeschooling three kids. We are continually learning through books, play, work, and life. I discuss the challenges and issues we've faced, but also the joys and everyday fun we experience too.
- "Crunchy" Stuff: Although I don't really like labels, I do tend to dabble in alternative things when it comes to parenting. Breastfeeding, cosleeping, babywearing, homebirth, cloth diapering - I've done them all at one point in time or another! Don't let that scare you off though...I've also used disposable diapers, formula fed, and birthed in the hospital. I'm not militant about my beliefs at all, I just like sharing my experiences. I write about pregnancy and birth a lot because not only have I been pregnant quite a few times, but also because I'm a Doula. (A doula is a trained pregnancy, labor and delivery, and/or postpartum support person.)

- Large Family Living: We are currently a family of eight, going on nine. (Six kids, two adults, and one baby on the way.) As our family has grown, I've learned that life is different when you have lots of littles, and consequently I've started to blog about things related to living with and maintaining a large family.
- Writing and Blogging: I've been blogging and writing for quite awhile so I try to share tips & tricks I've learned and things that I'm working on. With "all these kids" my writing can be sporadic - especially when there's a new baby - but I've gotten better at time management. If you're interested, you can read more about my writing here.

- My Hobbies and Interests: I've been a proud geek for a long time and love all things sci-fi/fantasy: Star Wars, Star Trek (yes you can like both!), Lord of the Rings, and Battlestar Galactica are my top favorites. I play D&D. I also enjoy watching The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, Sherlock and Mad Men. I read a LOT and like listening to most types of music. I don't delve into politics *too* much on here but I am conservative in my beliefs.
- My Faith: I was raised in the church (daughter of a pastor) and am a Christian. I trust God in every area of my life and pray for him to use me and make me a blessing. We attend a church and are involved there in different groups/activities. I am not perfect and I have my day to day struggles like everyone else but ultimately I strive to be more like Jesus in every facet of my life.

So there you have it! That's pretty much all there is to know. My life is Wonderfully Chaotic and I wouldn't trade it for anything else in the world. :) If you'd like to search the blog for something specific, please see the search bar at the top of the blog or check out the categories listed in the sidebar.
If you would like to contact me for any reason, please send me a message!

EMAIL - shayaddison{@}wonderfullychaotic.com -- minus the {}

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