Danielle Guess

“Chattanooga is something you can have any way you want it…” I am so blessed to share this city with my husband and three children: Dallas (9), Lillie-Mae (4), and Mindy (3). We enjoy the mountains and the valleys that make up the geography of our city as well as the metaphor they stand for in our lives. Always an adventure in parenting, homeschooling, and loving on others, we look forward to each new day that we are given. Follow along with the antics of the #guesstribe on Instagram @ellieguess and here as we share our city/country love with you.


There came a day when I had to admit: I hate exercising. The exercisers and instructors, I did not hate. They seemed so passionate about their fitness goals! It was the actual coordinated movement...

Succession of Genders

I’m fully aware that some women may never have thought through what the gender of their baby would be. As a little bit of a deep thinker, I remember pondering the gender of my...

Minimalism with Children

“What I thought minimalism looked like versus what it is really.” Minimalism: recycle most everything you own while your kids are left to play with only three wooden toys. Choose only two colors to wear...

Wiping Front to Back and Other Shifty Lessons I’ve Taught My Kids

There are deep, valuable lessons at each stage of life despite seemingly menial tasks that should just be grasped onto. Still, I find myself asking my ten-year-old, “Did you even wash while you were...

To the Widowed Momma

Being a widow at 20-years-old was not in my childhood, prince charming-filled dreams. Neither was becoming a mom at 18 years of age. The people who were around after the funeral told me that...

A Day in the Life of a Depressed Momma 

6am: Alarm goes off. Feeling a little off and don’t quite have the energy to put limbs outside of the covers. 6:30am: Throw out intentions of waking before the kids to enjoy a cup of...
How I Became a Mom {series} | Chattanooga Moms Blog

How I Became a Mom: Danielle’s Story {Series}

  How did I become a Mom at age 18? That's mostly an obvious question. A better-suited question for a scared, clueless, teenager would be, "How did you choose to become a Mom?" After seeing two...

You are Enough, Momma

“I’m the good mom.” “No, I’m the good mom.” “Take it back!” “Never! You’ll never be as good as me!!!” Imagine two moms duking it out over their workplace and household achievements. Demanding that, because of one of...

The Traveling Mom Guilt

Oh, the glamorous life the jet-setting woman leads. Packing a bag just for herself, flinging her cares to the wind, hopping on a plane in one time zone and landing into an adventure in another....

Pets for Kids

As if you didn’t have enough responsibility being a parent, let’s talk about how a household pet can not only enhance your life, but also your child’s. The most common of pets can come...