Hi, I’m Katie. Pleased to meet you! My husband Paul is a saint. St. Paul, haha! I obviously have a corny sense of humor that lends itself to my greatest talent: ALWAYS getting the jokes on Popsicle sticks and Laffy Taffy wrappers. I have three precious daughters, who love to play HARD! We are an active family, and we really enjoy all the beauty Chattanooga has to offer. I stay at home and do my best to make the most of these days when my girls are little.
I went to college in Knoxville at THE University of Tennessee during the time of AOL Instant Messenger and Top 25 football teams every year. I live Tennessee football! My family’s season ticket seats have been the same since the 1960s. My family history is shaded by the memories of the many games we have attended together.
Me: I love lamp light, fireplaces, socks and blankets. Fall is my favorite season, and I love to camp and hike. I also love to sew but have absolutely no time to do it!
If there is anything that motherhood has taught me, it is to never lose hope. On the hardest days, I press forward for the sake of my sweet girls, relying on the strength and grace that comes from my Savior.
Hi! I am Jessie, a 30-something stay-at-home mom and writer, editor, and blogger. My husband and I relocated to Chattanooga from Nashville in 2009 for him to teach at Baylor School. I’ve lived in Ohio, Indiana, and Virginia, but Tennessee is home sweet home now. We live on campus at Baylor, where my husband is a dorm parent and we enjoy the dining hall meals, pool, and gorgeous view of the Tennessee River!
After working for a few years in editing for LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, I “retired” to stay home with my daughter, but I continue to work for them and others on a freelance basis. I write for HomeLife and ParentLife magazines and have edited Bible studies and books. I share about parenting, recipes, faith, and being an abysmal housekeeper at JessieWeaver.net and published an e-devotional called
Hello! I’m Stefanie, and I am incredibly excited to be here at CMB! I have a B.A. in English and I am a LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) on work hiatus, but that’s only because I get to be at home right now working the best job ever: mama to 10-month old spunky and adorable Leon. My husband, Bobby, is my sun and stars, and our son is the air that I breathe.
Here are some things I do throughout my day when I’m not being followed by Leon : amateur crafts, sew, play video games, enjoy the outdoors, read, drink coffee, wine, and beer, cook (not bake!), binge-watch my Netflix stories, travel, and garden (poorly). I love anything vintage or retro, cats, proper punctuation, Sci-fi, scotch, Spring time, puns, daisies, Harry Potter, eating ALL the food (especially local), and trying not to gain ALL the weight!
I have lived all over, but I finally made my way to Chattanooga over eight years ago. This is officially the longest I have lived anywhere consecutively in my whole life! I adore this town with its small-town feel and big-town opportunities for exploration and adventures in outdoors, eating, drinking, music, art, playing, and learning. I can’t wait to share with all of my fellow mamas out there!
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Greetings! I’m Melissa, and I am an East Tennessean through and through. I grew up outside of Knoxville and came to college here in Chattanooga. Despite a 3-year interruption of trying out the Nashville area, Chattanooga has my heart. I love the mountains and water, the localized area, the personality of the city, and the small town feel that Chattanooga has to offer.
I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, the Urban Woodsman, for over 10 years, and we have two rambunctious boys – Owen and Jude. They are 19 months apart, and life with two that close in age is never dull!
I work full-time in higher education, and I love what I do! I love working with others to help them solve their problems. College was one of the best times in my life, and in some ways, I get to live it again at work every day! I have worked full-time throughout my time as a mom, and that presents its own share of interesting experiences.
Motherhood has various forms as does family, and I am an equal opportunist when it comes to what being a mom should look like! In an attempt for full disclosure, here are some answers to burning questions: 1) I work full-time, but am in full support of all moms (full-time working, part-time working, stay-at-home) because being a mom is hard work 2) we are not planning to have any more children 3) I mostly formula-fed both of my kids after attempts at breastfeeding 4) both boys are c-section babies 5) my kids are not vegetable eaters 6) I do occasionally spank my children 7) I do vaccinate. Whew…
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, binge watch Netflix (I take recommendations), watch college football, spend time outside, and crack stupid jokes (sarcasm is my preferred language). I love to write and I love to know what other moms are thinking, so this gig seems like the perfect balance!
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Hi, I am Elizabeth— mother to four rowdy boys and proud wife to a Chattanooga firefighter. We spend our days remodeling, homeschooling, riding bikes, and playing all the sports. I’m a full time educator-chef-referee-maid and I am so thankful for these job titles that keep me living life right beside my kids. If I had more free time, I’d be pursuing my favorite hobbies of exercising and baking, and maybe a few naps in between. Our family loves to explore the Chattanooga area by hiking, and looking for excellent places to eat dessert. We believe in living to follow and glorify the Lord, and to serve others as a family.
Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Lyons, I’m a 30-something gal who recently relocated to Chattanooga with my dreamy Husband and two wild boys, Raine and Jude. We’ve come to beautiful Tennessee to raise our boys after spending many years as struggling artists in sunny LA. My husband Craig (the comedian of the family and creator of the worst puns imaginable) refers to himself as a ‘recovering professional musician’. He’s turned full on genius code slayer and works downtown in the Innovation District. I hold an MFA from CalArts and love finding opportunities to unleash my inner theatre nerd and can sometimes be seen on the T.V pretending to know how to use a table saw or some other such silliness. I’m a full time Mom and part time everything else — actor, writer, Barre instructor, amateur veggie home chef, and amateur gardener. We love good food, good company, live music and Netflix. I recently discovered that are just some days when I subsist entirely on wine and tortilla chips, and I’m pretty much OK with that. Currently, life is simultaneously chaotic and beautiful in our house with two boys-3 and under. And though I miss sleep, using the bathroom without an audience, and eating warm meals, I wouldn’t trade these days for anything. I’m excited to be a part of the CMB team and share a little of our world, meet other Moms, and hear from all of you!
I’m Karenza, I’m a Chattanooga native by way of South Africa. I was born in Capetown and my parents moved here to Chattanooga when I was 8. Oh and I’m Indian. I went away to school, Knoxville and Johnson City, graduated with a degree in Biology from ETSU then ended up moving back home with my future husband, Brad. We bought a Fixer-upper in St. Elmo and then brought a new born baby home to it. She is 6 now and about to start first grade, our Karin. Karin is our bold, little firecracker that keeps us on our toes. Brad has done 99% of the work himself he is a carpenter/owner of Woodtryst. I’m so lucky, if I can dream it he can make it (when he has time). We are still restoring our beautiful home and when I’m not going to playdates and sanding stuff I’m helping play matchmaker in real estate. Balancing things in life is the hardest struggle, but on days when I get it right it’s so worthwhile.
I am a Chattanooga mom to three kids. I grew up in Chattanooga and enjoying everything the city has to offer. It has been so much fun to see it grow and change over time. I graduated from Baylor in 1999 then moved to Nashville where I spent four years at Vanderbilt University and graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2003. I decided I wanted to go to dental school near the end of my time at Vanderbilt, so I returned to Chattanooga to attend UTC for a year. I was able to take the science classes for dental school and was also lucky to be able to walk on and play tennis for the UTC women’s tennis team here. After my year back in Chattanooga, I moved to Memphis where I attended UT College of Dentistry for four years and received my dental degree in 2008. I also met my husband, Brian, in dental school! We were in the same class, so we both finished up at the same time.
When we finished dental school, we moved to New Orleans where he did an orthodontic residency at LSU. We lived there for two years, and I worked as a general dentist. I decided I really loved working on kids so I applied to a pediatric dental residency and was accepted at UT. Two weeks after my husband finished up at LSU Orthodontics, I started my two year residency in pediatric dentistry, and we were back in Memphis again.
I finished up there (and had our son, Cooper, in the middle of the first and second year of residency), and we headed to Chattanooga to FINALLY settle permanently. I am working as a pediatric dentist and my husband as an orthodontist in the area. We have been here for a little over four years and have had two more kids. We now have Cooper (5), Caroline (3), and Lucy (1) and two dogs, and we live in North Chattanooga. We love the area and everything that it has to offer, and I love being home and close to family. We enjoy being outside and we love dining out in Chattanooga. It has been fun to see how much the city has grown and changed in just the time we have been here.
Years ago, I sailed with the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship to war-torn countries in West Africa. I wrote stories by day, but I spent my evenings wandering the deck, wondering if I would ever tie a knot that wasn’t attached to a lifeboat. And then I met my husband.
‘The Sailor’ and I navigated through five years of long distance dating between several continents before we finally got hitched. We still spend months apart at a time, but thankfully we live in an era where technology still tethers us together. We landed in Chattanooga via South Africa and Pennsylvania, because we wanted four seasons, a mild winter, a creative vibe and easy access to a major international airport.
Having a baby was pretty far off of my radar, but these days I’m a toddler-wearing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding and cloth diapering stay-at-home advanced maternal aged mama to the Peanut. Our son came along in the summer of 2014, after the Sailor and I had been married for nearly eight years.
We haven’t slept since. Even if the Peanut actually sleeps, I stay up way too late reading, writing and making plans to start up a small business selling hand-knit slippers mainly because I love yarn. And slippers.
I’m also slightly obsessed with handbags and luggage (possibly attributed to the fact that I didn’t own any furniture until my mid-30s), vintage Pyrex, our Breville Barista espresso maker, the brawny South African sailor I met onboard the ‘Love Boat’ and of course the Peanut. Not necessarily in that order.
Nowadays, I may no longer wander the decks of a ship, but you can often find me chasing after my son at Coolidge Park, the zoo or the library. You can also find me online and read more about my adventures both pre- and post-Peanut at: typingsunflowers.blogspot.com.
I am Jama, a stay-at-home homeschool mama of four boys and wife to a software developer. I grew up in Johnson City, TN and spent a couple of years at UT-Knoxville, gaining more social experience than education. The Lord had a plan, though, and after returning to Johnson City and enrolling at ETSU, I met my future husband. We were engaged three months after our first date and married in just over nine months. I finally finished my degree in 2006 (a BA in Philosophy, because I’m super practical) and found out 6 days later that we were expecting our first baby.
I always wanted to be a mom and it is everything I thought it would be and more. I am encouraged, exhausted, always learning, and most days afraid that I’m screwing it all up.
We are new to Chattanooga, but already feel right at home in this hi-tech, outdoorsy, family-friendly city.
I love Jesus, my family, running, weight-lifting, coffee, wine, ice cream, sunshine, comfortable clothes, a clean house (stop laughing), and those rare moments when all my boys are snuggled up with me as we read a good book. I am confident that one day I will get a full night’s sleep and I hope that’s before my boys leave for college.
You can check out my fitness journey at www.lungesandlegos.com or meet me at the Hamilton Y at 5am most days of the week.
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley. I was born and raised in Dalton, GA, but I started attending GPS in the seventh grade, so I’ve always considered Chattanooga to be my home. After graduating college at UGA, I had wanderlust and moved around a bit, from Reno, NV to NYC for several years, but I somehow knew I would always end up back in Chattanooga. For me, it has so much to offer, and since I’ve been back, I have loved watching it grow and change into a place with even more charm and culture than before I left.
My husband and I actually met and became good friends in high school. When I moved back to Chattanooga, we reconnected, started dating, and got married two years later. Our son was born in 2013, so most of our time is spent trying to keep up with a bright, energetic 3 year old. We love exploring Chattanooga as a family, and my husband’s hobby is photography, so most weekends you can find us walking around downtown, hiking through the Battlefield, or wandering around a local park, looking for new places to shoot.
I am currently staying at home with our son, so most days we like to get out to the Aquarium, the park, or the Creative Discovery Museum. As for me, I enjoy drinking coffee and listening to podcasts. I love stand-up comedy and road trips, fall and football season. My perpetual quests are finding restaurants that have great ambiance and searching etsy for my next novelty t-shirt. Oh, and my biggest pet peeve is glitter. I think it’s really important that you know that.
Hi! I’m Chelsea. I find it so funny that I am writing a bio for Chattanooga Moms Blog because until April 1, 2015, I swore up and down I would never have kids. April Fools Day will always have a place in my heart because that’s when I learned I was really pregnant with my first. No joke. Now I’m the mom to an independent, always happy little girl named Grayson or Gray Baby for short and a new to this world little boy named Ruston.
I moved to Chattanooga in 2007 from West Tennessee to attend UTC. By the time I graduated in 2011, I knew I wanted to call Chattanooga my permanent home. I am a two-time Moc after graduating in 2011 with a Communication degree and again in 2014 with my Master’s in Public Administration. I currently work for the City of Chattanooga in Mayor Berke’s Office. I love working for the public sector and especially love working in an office that makes a family-friendly workplace a focus. My work family is my village since our families live four hours away. If I didn’t love public service so much I would be a makeup artist which I get to do on spare weekends for weddings and events.
Becoming a working mom without much forethought has been a learning experience for sure. I hope that my struggles and lessons can be shared with other moms here in Chattanooga. I definitely believe that it takes a village when it comes to raising a child and my village is pretty fantastic.
My family and I love to spend time (aka nap and cuddle) with our two rescue dogs, Munch and Shay, go kayaking and hiking around Chattanooga, and try to figure out what the heck we are doing as parents. I’m sure a lot of you can relate.
Hello, Beautifuls! (I believe all Moms need to remember how beautiful they are – always! So, I like to start my greetings as reminders of the beautiful person you are inside and out.) My name is Elizabeth, and I am a wife, mother, “bonus” mom (Saying, “Stepmom,” makes me think I need to paint my face green and grow a huge wart on my nose. Therefore, I use the term “bonus” mom. 🙂 ), daughter, sister, friend, freelance writer, Notre Dame fan, BRAVO addict, Starbucks lover, once-a-week cryer, and a “little bit” of a worryer (Anyone who knows me is probably laughing right now at the fact I said, “little bit.” LOL).
I moved to Cleveland, TN, (or “CleVegas” as some call it) when I was five-years-old and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga in 2001. After attending Auburn for a while, I returned to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where I earned a B.A. in English: Writing with a minor in Communications. From copywriter to assistant managing editor to managing editor to technical writer to freelance writer, I moved my way through the writing industry. However, I always felt something was missing. Fortunately, in January 2014, I found the missing piece to my puzzle.
My husband, Dustin, and I were married in May 2014 (When you know, you know!), and with him came two gorgeous girls, Autumn (born 2001) and Ashlynn (born 2003). We quickly added to our family, and in April 2015, Mr. Easton Michael graced us with his presence and completed our family. Our two teenage (Ahh!!!) daughters and son (Who definitely makes his presence known at ALL times.) keep us on our toes – and I couldn’t be more grateful for them!
When I am not putting my two cents in over here at CMB, I am writing for an amazing company, Social Joey. My favorite pastime includes sitting in my comfy bed, sipping a Starbucks, catching up on my Real Housewives (I would love to be Bethenny’s assistant!), and shopping for more LuLaRoe!
Raised in Ringgold, GA, I have always considered myself a near enough resident of the “big city”, Chattanooga. Through various moves, I have found myself living right next door to the house I grew up in. While my family’s physical address is not in Chattanooga, most of our days are spent traveling the short drive up 75 North.
Staying home to raise and school three children, ages 9, 4, and 3 has been an adjustment from my lifelong dream of being a motivational speaker/super model/teacher/doctor/writer. Can you tell that I’m a bit of a dreamer? Despite those titles not being official or adding any letters to the end of my name, I have found that the big dreams we have as little ones weave their way into our adult lives. For this reason, I am always encouraging my children to dream big.
My husband and I were high school sweethearts but separating prior to our college years. My family raises cattle and are contractors; all are business owners like myself. However, my husband went on to pursue a career in any type of design he could put his talents to. He is now the lead animation designer for Level 2 Design (he draws things then makes them move). After a brief separation of three years- a time where I had a son, married, and was widowed- we began dating again. Marrying at the beautiful Lindsay Street Hall then honeymooning at Stone Fort Inn, we started our forever together!
Quickly building a family from three to five within a span of 23 months post honeymoon left us in a whirlwind. With fear of “losing myself” in post homebirth recovery, cloth diapers, and minimal adult conversion, I attached myself to the paper of a journal.
While I still love to write silly poems and have daydreams of speaking to massive amounts of people, I don’t believe I will ever be tied down to a profession of writing or public speaking. I like that the current titles of wellness educator, blogger, homeschool and homebirthin’ Momma, and Bible study leader/teacher offer flexibility. At the current age of 27, I am learning to listen more and talk less. Sounds simple, but in this day I believe people just want to be heard. There are many things I am passionate about in life. To narrow them down, I am a strong advocate for maternal support, the family dinner table, and being kind.
Hey, y’all! I’m Dawn! I was born and raised in Gallatin, Tennessee and could not wait to get out of there! I attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia where I majored in English (Literature) and Economics. For years before having my older son I worked in marketing communications and advertising which I loved. After having Brendan in 2003, I became a stay-at-home mom but nearly lost my mind from loneliness and boredom. In 2005, I began freelancing as a writer and shortly thereafter started my own blog. Our family grew with little brother Beckett arriving at the end of 2006. Over the years, I’ve been challenged with postpartum depression and with balancing my yearning for meaning with being “just a mom.” I found great delight in being a part of our Atlanta public school’s PTA where I served in nearly every role available. In 2015, I returned to a full-time job as Marketing Director for a small company only to find out 8 months later we would be moving to Chattanooga. Moving is in the top 3 hardest things I’ve ever done (ask me in person and I might tell you the other 2) and led to a full-blown depression at the beginning of 2017. Mindfulness practices, a little faith, and making the conscious choice to find joy everywhere have been my way out.
I’m into art, movies, music, TV, pop culture, nerdy stuff like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones and I know more than my share about the DC Universe, Pokemon, Minecraft, Battlefield, and all things LEGO thanks to having two boys.
Hello. I’m Cary and am really happy to join the Chattanooga Moms Blog team. I’m originally from Roanoke, Virginia and spent most of my earlier life in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. My husband and I met in Virginia Beach where I was a school librarian and he worked for a beverage distributor. In 2008, we married and relocated to North Georgia, so he could join his dad’s insurance agency. I received a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Mary Baldwin College, and a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University. We are parents to two young boys, ages six and four, who couldn’t be more polar opposites. My oldest son is a creative thinker who likes to talk about his latest lego projects. My youngest son is a clever, athletic boy who loves to wrestle his cousins.
My family and I delight in exploring new places, even if the car rides are rough for the little ones. I have been hooked on international travel since my parents begrudgingly agreed to a sophomore year May term in France. Since then, I’ve traveled overseas numerous times. Sometimes for fun, other times for a job. While I was a teacher (and living in Virginia Beach), I found overseas teaching jobs during summer break. I know…you’re thinking,”Give up the beach, to work?” I was bitten by the travel bug! I taught at a very traditional school outside of London, The American School in England, as well as a school through Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. I think my sense of curiosity kept me from becoming too homesick after moving here. Everything is new, so there’s always someplace to wander. While living here, my family and I have traveled around Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. But, there are still so many places to see!
Since you can gather by now that I’m not originally from this area, I needed to meet new people and latched onto a notice about the Holmberg Leadership Institute. This great group has introduced me to lots of wonderful art venues and programs throughout this area. I have a great affection for the arts – dance, music, theater, visual, you name it. I truly believe they are essential for a child’s development. When my oldest son was a year old, I enrolled him in Kindermusik. As he ran around the room, I wondered if I made the wrong decision. But, as if on cue, he stopped, listened to the music, the sounds, the instruments. And he loved his teacher! Just like Chattanooga, my hometown nurtured my appreciation for dance and theater. From the age of 4, I spent the majority of my time in a dance studio. And by the age of 11, I was a member of the Roanoke Ballet Theater where I learned discipline, resilience, and physical stamina. That last one is important when raising two young boys!
Greetings, all! I’m Jennifer. I was born in Maryland (Andrews AFB), transplanted by age two to Charleston, SC, and moved once more to Soddy-Daisy, TN, the summer before 4th grade. I’ve stuck around since (with a brief stint in Murfreesboro for college), making me more or less a Chattanooga native. My husband (Jeremy) and I have been married for just shy of nine years, and we were blessed with our first kiddo, Arthur, in 2015.
When I’m not chasing a spirited toddler around the house, I’m writing professionally on a host of different topics, primarily healthcare, for a health insurance broker based out of Florida. The internet is an amazing place, isn’t it? I started my freelance writing career in February 2013, when I left my job as a legal assistant to do pretty much anything else. I’ve got a B.A. in English (MTSU) and an M.A. in Creative Writing (UTC), and my lofty career goals include becoming a novelist, blogger, and writer extraordinaire. My lofty mom goals include not wearing sweat pants every day (no go so far), getting Arthur to try new foods (also nope), and attending every field trip/bake sale/class party/marching band competition/etc. until the kid graduates high school (fingers crossed)
Interests? I’ve got a few. I love Victorian-era literature (especially children’s books), murder mysteries, interesting nonfiction, C.S. Lewis, and Harry Potter. If I could only choose one TV show to watch for the rest of my life, it would be LOST. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite movie, and my husband and I are a tad obsessed with Disney in general (and Disney World in particular).
I’m looking forward to sharing my stories with the Chattanooga Moms Blog.
Hi y’all! I’m Shannon – a southern Alabama native and married to my college sweetheart (Roll Tide!). After living out west, we located to Chattanooga in 2014. In 2016, we welcomed our little girl, Lily.
Although I’m a social worker (MSW), I have been aspiring to be a Front-End Web Developer. I hope to combine my passions by encouraging other moms to learn how to code, as it’s a great job for moms wanting to have the option to work from home and still receive a substantial income.
Currently, I stay at home with my toddler and work from home as a developer. Check out my website at www.shannonhartin.com.
In my spare time, you can find me downing an iced coffee, leading a CMB Soddy-Daisy/Hixson mom’s group (check us out on FB!), or at the gym for some “me time”. I also love traveling, painting, comedies, eating dessert, and being involved in my community.
I often say “God’s got this” and “I need coffee” to get through my days of parenting, along with finding the humor in all the mess of life. It can always be a good story for later, right?
Hi Y’all! I’m a minivan driving momma with a Dolly Parton license plate. I have lived in Tennessee most of my life. I grew up outside of Nashville and moved to Chattanooga 17 years ago to attend UTC and obtain a B.A. in Communications. And even though I’ve moved away a couple of times, I keep coming back because Chattanooga is home.
I have been married to my husband, Kirk, for 9 years and together we have shared many wonderful adventures together…including our 3 children. We are parents to a travel loving 3-1/2 year old boy, Jax and twin 1 year olds, a funny little girl, Micah and a fearless little boy, Bodie. They definitely keep us busy and on our toes.
I am a Sales Manager for a cookware company so I spend most of my time trying to juggle our schedules and find balance between work and home life. In my spare time (which is few and far between right now) I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, traveling to new places, drinking wine with friends, and binge watching TV shows with my husband.
Photography by K.Ricke Photography
Hi, my name is Sarah. I’m a New Orleans native with roots in many other places including Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Kentucky. I am a Physical Therapist with a passion for preventative wellness. I’ve taken a step back from my career to be home while my husband starts his job in hospital administration and our family adjusts to a new and exciting city!
We have one busy, almost-3 year old (Mary Ellen), one baby on the way, and one 13 year old cat, Gus. Our family loves traveling for pleasure and to visit our siblings that live coast to coast.
My husband and I are big college football fans, except we cheer for different teams. On fall Saturdays, you can find us hollering for both Auburn Tigers (my husband) and LSU Tigers (me). We are excited to live close to The Great State, as my husband calls it, since he has kept season tickets for over 10 years now!
I would consider my “hobbies” non-negotiable activities. I enjoy all things related to health and wellness, such as exercise, cooking nutritious meals, spending time outdoors and staying involved with our church. I LOVE helping other moms find balance in their lives through more affordable, holistic solutions to mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Finding community during motherhood is so important and contributes to a happier, healthier world to bring up our little ones.
Hi, there! I’m Michelle. When I was nineteen years old, I came to visit a friend who had moved to Chattanooga and spent a weekend falling in love with the Scenic City. At the end of my visit, I drove over Veteran’s Bridge on my way out of town. The sun was rising over the river, indie folk music was blasting on my stereo, the wind was whipping through my Jeep windows, and I had the sort of epiphany only a nineteen year old can have, “This would be a really cool place to live.”
A year later, I was given the opportunity to move to Chattanooga. Taking that opportunity is the best decision I have ever made. Over the past decade, Chattanooga has seen me become a wife, a college graduate, a homeowner, a homemaker, and a mother to three wild and beautiful boy children. Turns out, I was right: it is a really cool place to live.
My family and I live in a little red house in Highland Park. We may spend the day in our garden or running around downtown or at one of many therapy appointments for our littlest cerebral palsy rockstar, but you will always find at least one of us covered in dirt, someone wearing a costume, and everyone having a good time. We are unschoolers, zero-wasters, radical homemakers, and modern day hippies in all the usual ways. I am passionate about environmental conservation, gentle-parenting, books, coffee and houseplants. Whenever time allows, I sporadically ramble at http://weirdbird.weebly.com/ and I am thrilled to be contributing to the Chattanooga Moms Blog because I am in love with Chattanooga and I love connecting with other moms.
Hi moms and all you other wonderful parental units out there! My name is Eleanor Howard and I am a North Carolina girl, who had a 6-year layover in Atlanta then settled in Chattanooga in 2002. My husband Danny and I have been married since 2000 which makes it super easy to remember how many years we’ve been married. He’s a long time radio guy with an awesome voice and the Operations Manager for a group of local radio stations. Radio introduced us! After working at several radio and televisions, I graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications then continued my southeast tour of media jobs from North Carolina to Georgia and eventually landing in Tennessee. Danny and I have two amazing teenagers, (cross-my-heart, they’re great) and parenting them is a joy. Our son is almost 16 and our daughter is 14. They are 16 months apart in age, so we affectionately call them our Irish twins. They attend Chattanooga Christian School and before that Brainerd Baptist School. I am a freelance writer, blogger and future author but to help pay the bills and maintain a flexible schedule I am a bookkeeper for several companies. My goal is to transition my focus to more writing as opportunities present themselves. That’s why I am so thrilled to be a contributor for the Chattanooga Mom’s Blog. Doing what I love, working with talented writers and interacting with readers. You can find me right here at CMB or on my website www.EleanorHoward.com
Hi there! I’m Diana, I’m not only new to the Chattanooga area but semi-new at motherhood as well. I am the momma of one spirited, rough-and-tumble, super sweet 10-month-old baby girl, Olive. My husband, daughter, and I recently uprooted our South Carolina home of 5 years and found a spot to call our own in Red Bank, just around the block from where my husband grew up. Though we miss many people and places in the Upstate of the Carolinas, we are finding new joys and greener grass in our new season of life in the beautifully eclectic Chattanooga. I’m a small-town East Tennessee girl at heart. Raised in La Follette, right on the Kentucky line, the kindness and pure hearts in the hills make me feel right at home.
Though being a SAHM is my full-time, 24-hour, 7-days-a-week gig, I am also a content creator and blogger at DahliasandDimes.com in moments I get to capture for myself. It’s a place where I get to share my personal gifts and joys of home décor, design, and renovations. Though I started Dahlias and Dimes for myself, it was largely due to the fact that I wanted to show my daughter (and other girls) that she’s capable of pursuing something she truly loves, no matter what!
My husband and I love to get outside, explore, plant, renovate, and travel. In all of that, we love meeting new people and gathering stories along the way. It’s evident that the sense of wonder is naturally in our daughter as well. She will make a huge impact on the world one day, I’m calling it now! Whether it be genetics or a gift from God (I’m erring on the side of gift), either way, we’re excited to explore and hone in on Olive’s wondrous spirit in this area and so many places around it. I’m eager to share our stories, adventures, and my personal journey of motherhood with my community of mothers and moms-to-be!
Hi there! I am thrilled to be a part of the CMB team! I cannot tell you how many times I have read an article and thought, “Wow! I am not alone. There are others like me!” I hope my experiences can help others relate and connect. I was born in Chattanooga and lived here an entire two weeks before I was swooped off to Germany. Five years later, my dad retired from the Army, and we moved back home. I love this city and have yet to see a greater place to live.
I graduated from Bryan College with a BS in Accounting/Business. I work full time as a corporate accountant and we are not all as boring as the stereotype suggests! Accountants can be fun…some of us…ok, a few. I have an analytical daily mindset and breaking away from that is crucial for me.
My husband, Michael and I live in Ooltewah and have been married 8 years. We had a low-key ceremony on the farm where he grew up. Our dogs attended the reception and we were on the beach the next day. He is my best friend and always has my six. During these 8 years, we have had some serious fun, hard discussions and added two pretty spectacular kids to the mix. Charlotte is 5 and will be moving into Kindergarten this fall. My girl is kind, loves princesses and worms and is wise beyond her years. Jack is 3 and in preschool. His sweetness pours out of him, yet he has me convinced that he will own a construction company one day.
As for me, I love Jesus, books (so.many.books), coffee, coffee (not a duplicate) and TN Vols football! Thankfully, we are not a house divided and we love rooting for the Vols come fall kick-off. We love animals; farms, fishing, aquariums, zoos. Charlotte and I are travelers, but we are slowly getting the boys on board. We camp with friends and family (full disclosure: in a camper!), and I have been known to encourage dancing in the rain and splashing in mud. It’s good for the soul!
I’m Hailey. I grew up on a dairy farm in La Follette, Tennessee – a small town about an hour outside of Knoxville. I grew up picking corn, digging potatoes, grading tobacco, and generally wishing it all away – though I now know what a gift it was to grow up that way. After leaving the farm, I went to Tennessee Tech University and obtained a nursing degree and an engagement ring, both of which led me towards Chattanooga. After marrying the most adorably dimpled boy, Joey, we set up home in Dayton, Tennessee, and I began working as a pediatric nurse in Chattanooga. Five years later, we have a beautiful baby girl, Elsie Joy, and I work part-time as a nurse practitioner in a family practice office closer to home in Dayton.
I am passionate about: Jesus, my sweet family, books, rural healthcare, and good southern food. I also love good music, coffee dates, funny podcasts, a run with friends, and hearing my baby girl giggle at the smallest things. Traveling and adventuring is high on my list of fun, right next to being a total homebody the rest of the time.
Since I was a little girl, I wrote books. “The Moster In My Closit” and “My Favorite Things” started with computer paper, crayons, and staples, and somehow I ended up here. Writing has seen me through some of the hardest and sweetest moments of my life – from living in a foreign country for a summer, to grappling with things like terminal illness in children, and now trying to figure out marriage and motherhood. I write about where I am in life, and how God is working out my faith – always hoping to have willing hands in all He asks of me. In addition to Chattanooga Moms Blog, you can find other stories from me at my personal blog: www.haileyliew.wordpress.com.
Hello! I’m Rachel, and I’m a proud wife to Matt and Momma to 1-year-old Jackson. I’m a Florida native who has learned to love the Tennessee Mountains just as much as the Florida beaches. We have lived the graduate school life for all of our marriage, which has taken us all over the world. We’ve called England, California, and Florida home, but are now glad to have planted our lives here, in East Tennessee.
My husband and I both have a passion for Higher Education and our lives ebb and flow by the academic calendar (which means Summers off – praise hands!). I’m a Resident Director at Bryan College and spend my days with College students building intentional relationships and staying up way past my bedtime.
We love being outside, hiking, camping, traveling, and simply being together. Our little Jack has turned our world upside down in all of the good ways, and keeps us laughing with his spunk, silly faces, unique little scoot, and deep love of Veggie Straws.
Becoming a Mom has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but also the most deepening and sanctifying. I’ll never view sacrifice, grace, mercy, or sleep the same again! I’m excited to be a part of the CMB team and am thankful to have an outlet to write, share, but also to learn from this amazing community of Mommas.
Hey y’all! Why is it always so awkward for me to try to introduce myself? Well, I am Reshae- a 29 year old North Georgia native. I am a birth doula and am passionate about empowering and encouraging women. I have been married to my handsome husband Adam for 9 years and I am just as crazy about him now as I was when we were teenagers. Together we have four beautiful, blonde-headed children, two guinea pigs, and a dog named Cocoa. My life is pretty simple but it is never boring! I love saying ‘yes’ to new adventures and challenges and I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of this community.
Hello, friends! My name is Cassidy, and I’ve been a Chattanooga area native my entire life. In my opinion, there’s no better place to raise a family. I graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 2010 with a degree in middle grades education. I met my husband on a blind date in college and never looked back. We got married in 2009, and we’ve settled down with our three boys, Goldendoodle, and two leopard geckos in North Georgia, right at the foot of Lookout Mountain.
Our oldest son, Cooper, is 7. He’s fits the mold of “oldest child” perfectly, too. He’s very smart, serious, artistic, and loves to boss around his little brothers. He could run our household if I needed him to! Our middle son, Clark, is 5. He’s very wild, sweet, and has such a fun-loving spirit! He’s my little protector. The baby, Abel, is 2. He’s a little firecracker! He talks up a storm and goes wide open until he crashes!
I’ve been working in education since I graduated, and I’ve taught a little bit of everything. I taught 8th grade for a year, 6th grade for two years, 5th grade for two years, and I’ve moved down to 4th grade. I’ve taught language arts the last several years, and it’s my favorite! My husband manages FedEx Ground and Home Delivery routes in the Chattanooga area. We’re also really involved in our church.
My hobbies include reading, photography, binge watching Netflix shows, eating cookie dough, working out, and listening to boy jokes about different bodily functions. We’re big Kentucky Wildcats fans, but we prefer to watch tennis and golf over SEC football (we may get kicked out of the South for that one day). We really love being outside, so we hike and ride bikes a lot. We also love to travel and see new places.
I’m just a simple mom and wife trying to raise godly little men, but I’m very thankful to be a part of this community. It really does take a village to raise a family!