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Welcome to my Southern Blessed Chaos!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Shannon Dewease and I grew up in a little town called Purvis, MS.  I don't know much about Southern Belles but I am most definitely a Southern gal! 

I grew up at a time when your neighbors knew your name and came to check on you if they haven't seen you outside working on your flower beds recently. Those same neighbors would, also, call you to let you know that their peas or corn was ready. So you would grab your bucket and head on over to share the bounty. It was a time when front doors and cars were left unlocked, the screen doors had a squeak then that bang when shut, Grandmas always wore aprons, and hearing the crickets at night was all you needed to sleep.

Ahh... I love the South and those memories of bygone days. And those days are definitely gone.  Don't get me wrong! I love my air conditioner, my cell phone, and, well, all the luxuries of today!  But everything is so much faster, sleeker, rushed, and chaotic!  It seems that the older I get, the more I have to remind myself to slow down and take time to just breathe. When I do, I can focus on the many many blessings in my life.

So, that's how I came up with the name Southern Blessed Chaos.
Clear as mud, huh? Let me see if I can explain it a little better.

I am the very proud Mother of two children, both with separate special needs.  I am homeschooling one while the other attends public school.  My days are filled with numerous doctor appointments, IEP meetings, tantrums, and frustrations. I have been "potty training" my son for numerous years and he still waits until the very last second to run to the bathroom. This results in him peeing slowly from one end of the house to the other as he tries to get to the bathroom.  My daughter, who is being treated for Tourettes Syndrome, lets out yips, screams, and random words with no notice.  She, also, will argue me down if I say that the sky is blue, not teal peacock blue as she sees it.  Our house is not a quiet one, as you can see.  Chaos.

But my chaos is blessed in so many ways. I have a hard working husband working long hours so that I can stay home. We don't have any extra money but by the beautiful Grace of God, family, and friends, we have what we need.  As I am, once again, cleaning up the four room path of pee, I can't help but to smile because when he does reach the bathroom he screams every time with self pride "Whew, I made it Mommy!"  My daughter, even though she is arguing with me, has amazing insight and sees the beauty in most everything. Yep, now that I take a second look, I think that sky is teal peacock blue.

So you see, blessings.  Southern Blessed Chaos, my life contained in three wonderful words. I hope you enjoyed hearing a little about my life. And I look forward to sharing more with you soon.  But right now, I've gotta go. I just heard my son holler "Whew! I made it Mommy!"

Until next time, remember to look for the blessings!

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