Chattanooga Moms Blog Team

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Melissa-CMB

:: Project Resource Coordinator ::

Melissa

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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:: Content Creator ::

Cassidy 

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, and I’m currently working on my Master’s degree. 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 and two Goldendoodles right at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

Our oldest son is Cooper. He 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 is Clark.  He’s very wild, sweet, and has such a fun-loving spirit!  He’s my little protector.  The baby of the family is Abel. He’s a little firecracker!  He never stops talking 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. For the last several years I’ve been teaching 4th grade language arts, and it’s the best! My husband owns and operates several FedEx Ground routes in the Chattanooga area, so that keeps him very busy. We’re also really involved in our church.

My hobbies include reading, photography, eating cookie dough, and listening to boy jokes about different bodily functions. We prefer to watch tennis and golf over SEC football, and we may get kicked out of the South for that one of these days. 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!

Jessica Pope

:: Assistant Project & Event Coordinator ::

Jessica

Hello! I’m Jessica. I grew up in Northern Indiana where I joined the Navy right out of high school. After 3 deployments and some amazing port calls I married a fellow sailor and began a family. We moved around a few times in search of a forever city. After a few visits to the Chattanooga area we fell in love and set in motion our move to the highly recommended Signal Mountain.

I am slowly chipping away at my marketing degree while working part time at a local marketing agency. I am also a huge portrait photography lover and have a small studio up here on Signal Mountain where I shoot luxury portrait for children and women. You can check out my work at www.venyaportrait.com.

We have 2 kiddos, Jazzy(6) who’s larger than life and Joseph(3) who is taking his sweet time growing up. We have always planned to adopt as well and are currently awaiting a match for a big sister in need of a loving home. I also volunteer as a court advocate for abused and neglected children in the area. It’s a great program and you can check out more at https://www.tncasa.org/.

You can find me binging true crime podcasts and dark drama shows late at night. I’m a serial hobbyist, I’ll never turn down an iced coffee, I actually try hard not to cuss like a sailor and I love meeting different kinds of people.

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Jessie

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!

I have four kids and am always trying to figure out how I was entrusted with this when in my head I still feel 15.

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 Parenting Parables in 2014. You can find me on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest, too.

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Beth

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.

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Jama

I am Jama, a mama to four boys, fitness instructor, 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 messing it all up.

We moved to Chattanooga in 2016 and have certainly made it our home. I am a group exercise instructor for Echelon Fit and aspiring social media fitness influencer. I teach cycle, Bodypump, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, and Rock Steady Boxing at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga and also work as the Parkinson’s Outreach Coordinator for the Y. 

I am sober, fit, sweaty most of the time, and passionate about homeschooling, health and fitness, and loving my people. Follow me on my website and Instagram for workout tips, meal ideas, and lots of encouragement!

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Danielle

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.

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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!

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Dawn

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.

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Sarah G.

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.

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Hannah

Hi! I am Hannah Hammon, a dog mom to two rescue girls, Giggles and Dottie, and will soon be a mom to a precious little boy, coming in April 2019. I grew up in Fort Payne, Alabama and moved to Chattanooga in 2008 to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and I plan to never leave! I love Chattanooga and am so excited to grow our family in this great city.

I currently work for the Chattanooga Zoo as the Director of Advancement. As an animal conservationist and lover of non-profits, I love my job! It is a great feeling to know that my daily tasks in the workplace are going for a greater good to help care for the animals at the zoo, protect animals in the wild, and spread awareness about dangers animals are facing. And, for me, there is no better work environment than that with some of the most exotic and cutest faces from all over the world to remind me why I do what I do every day.

My husband, Kyle, and I have been married for 5 years now, but grew up only about a mile apart and attended K-12th Grade together. We both have a love for traveling, sports, comedy, and craft beer. We are both foodies, have learned to love the outdoors, and enjoy experiencing all that Chattanooga offers. In most aspects, I think we have the exact same personality, except he is a lot funnier than me.

Preparing for our first child has already kept us extremely busy – working on a nursery, going to birthing class, reading parent books, and more –  and I am so excited and ready to see how crazier our crazy life gets with our new baby boy!

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Kimberly

Hi, my name is Kimberly and I am a new stay at home mom. I am a nomad of sorts. Born in Arkansas to a military family of five children, I was speaking German by the age of 4. I have lived in Germany, England, and the United States and have traveled to countless other countries. In 2006 I moved to Providence, Rhode Island in order to attend Johnson & Wales University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management, an Associate’s in Culinary Arts, and an Associate’s in Baking and Pastry Arts. So you could say that I’m a foodie.  After college I worked in Collegiate Ministry for many years and loved every second of it. I would do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance today. I met my husband, Wade, in 2011 through Collegiate Ministry but we didn’t start dating until 2015. Our entire relationship was long distance and we saw each other a total of 10 times before our wedding. After our wedding in 2016, I moved to Chattanooga where my husband is an associate pastor and I can say that this move was one of the hardest things I had ever done. After two years of marriage we welcomed our daughter into the world this past October. She is a joy, loves to smile, and has turned our world upside down. If I’m not in the kitchen baking or cooking, you can find me outside enjoying nature.

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Rebecca

Hello! My name is Rebecca Walden Miller Heid. Seems like a lot of names squeezed in there, doesn’t it?

I am married to Andrew Heid, a traveling production electrician, and we are blessed to have one daughter, LillieMarie, who turned three in October.

I was born in Ohio and raised in Walker County, Georgia. I graduated with a BA from Georgia College and State University followed by a MA from UTC in Creative Writing. I worked for the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a staff writer before moving to Nashville to be with my husband, where I became a homemaker and mother. I recently returned from a four-year stint in Nashville and am overjoyed to be back home.

I am so thankful to be raising my daughter in the best city in the world. I am now surrounded by family and friends, feeling rejuvenated and eager to introduce my daughter to the best Chattanooga has to offer.

I am a writer by trade but have gotten a bit rusty as I have focused on mommy duties more than writing for the last few years.

I aim to change that.

I am currently working on self-publishing my first Fantasy novel and am in the midst of writing an Urban Fantasy series that I hope to publish this year as well. Beyond my writing, mothering, and mounds of laundry, I tend to enjoy fiber arts projects and am eagerly teaching myself how to bobbin weave.

I can’t wait to contribute and be part of the mommy community of Chattanooga! Let’s figure out this motherhood thing together!

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Ashleigh

Hi, Y’all! My name is Ashleigh (Potter) Buddenbohn. I was born and raised in Kansas and lived there my whole life until joining the military after high school. I then moved around for 4 years. I met my husband, Adam, who is from Delaware, in the military. After getting out of the Navy we decided to move south and start school in Birmingham Alabama. I received my bachelors in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After school my husband received a job offer here in Chattanooga so we moved here in 2017.

We now have a rambunctious 3-year-old boy, Alaric, and a sweet but wild 1-year-old girl, Amalyn. We also have two dogs (a beagle and a lab mix), 3 cats, and one fish. As of right now I stay home with my babies and also attend night classes working on my masters in business degree.

My family loves to travel and check out new, exciting places. Although most of the time our traveling is to either Kansas or Delaware to see family.

Are hobbies a thing when you have kids (LOL)? When I do get the chance to do hobbies I love to crochet, scrapbook, hike, workout, and any other craft activities. We are also huge Denver Bronco fans! We love football season!

I am hoping to write about things I have been through or have experienced in hopes of helping and/or encouraging others!

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Amy

Hi! My name is Amy and I am a wife to an amazing husband, and a mother to a sweet and imaginative elementary aged boy named Desmond, a very smart and curious toddler named Alex, and my sweet little baby Samuel. I am originally from Southern California but have lived in the Chattanooga area for about a decade now. Though I miss my family and the beach from back home, Chattanooga is great place to live and there is lots of events and activities always going on.

I have primarily worked in different parts of the medical field for most of my adult life (not to date me, but about seventeen years!).  A few years ago I decided to go back and finish my Associate’s Degree that I started when I was nineteen, and I graduated with that from Chattanooga State in May 2018 and I have since transferred to a University and am working on my Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.

The things I love most are God, my family, spending time with my family either going to fun little events around town (I especially enjoy the awesome free ones I can find!) or playing Roblox on the computer with my son and husband, or watching movies or TV shows with them. I love to travel and see new places and enjoy different cultures. I love the ocean! I also enjoy painting, writing, and singing as well.

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Amanda

Hi, guys! Amanda here. By day I am a higher education professional, and “by 24/7” I’m a pastor’s wife and mama to TWO kiddos– a super energetic toddler and a super active little one. I was born and raised in Little Rock, AR, but consider Memphis, TN my second home. There, I attended the University of Memphis, where I met my husband at his freshmen orientation. I was actually his orientation guide, and let’s just say the rest is history. Today, we reside in beautiful Chattanooga, where my husband pastors a local church while I wrangle our toddlers and hold down this fort we call home.

When it comes to motherhood, it is by far the hardest “job” I’ve ever had, but the one that gives me the greatest joy. I spend my days exhausted, for the most part, trying to balance it all, and know that things will only get more intense when we add another little one to the mix in a few short months. The more the merrier though, so I’m sure another clown joining our circus will only make life more fun.

When I get a break from working, wifing, or momming, I enjoy quiet time with Jesus, crafting, decorating, people watching, and scaring myself silly indulging in shows I have no business watching on Discovery I.D.

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Tiffany

Hey ya’ll! My name is Tiffany Wiltshire and I am a wife and mother of two. I am also blessed to be a bonus mom. I’m married to the love of my life, Ellis who works in insurance and is a fabulous DJ. We have a really cool blended family where the oldest in our home is 15 (Silas) and our youngest is 18 months (Elijah). So our household includes discussions from learning to drive to learning to potty. And then there’s my daughter, Katie (10), who is the only girl and remains the pre-teen princess of our home. I am a Chattanooga native and a 15-year veteran high school English teacher. In my spare time, I work as a free-lance makeup artist. Although teaching is my passion, I really enjoy enhancing beauty and helping women get “glammed-up.” I am a creative by nature; loving all things art, music and theatre.

Fun fact: Though my bio seems pretty outgoing; I am definitely an introvert and really enjoy sitting on my deck with my plant babies. I’m really excited to blog about things I’ve learned during my mom journey and hope to learn from other great moms too!

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Rachel

Hello! My name is Rachel Anderson. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and we have 2 boys who make our lives so much fun. We are from North Carolina and moved to Chattanooga almost 3 years ago. We absolutely love this city.

Last year, we started a church plant called River Hills in Red Bank. Our family loves Jesus, exploring nature, and  enjoying all our city has to offer. I am passionate about being a mommy and am so grateful to have spent my days with our boys for the past 5 years.

My degree is in Elementary Ed w/ a Minor in Music performance from Iupui. I also teach piano lessons and toddler music classes and love working with children. In my spare time (ha) I love to read, exercise, and cook for my family.

I love writing and as an enneagram 9, sometimes it’s the only way I can fully express my thoughts & feelings. I believe we are meant to share things we’ve been through to encourage others. I hope to use this platform to do just that. I’m just an average mom striving to do my best and raise my precious babies just like all of you. We may impress others with our strengths but we only connect with others through our stories and weaknesses. I hope this is a place we can all connect.

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Christina

Hi! My name is Christina and I am a SAHM of four amazing kids. We homeschool and although it can be hectic, we love every bit of it! I never saw myself as a homeschool kind of mom, maybe a PTA mom but not homeschool. Then five years ago when life gave us lemons we made lemonade. My kids are my world, they are ages 9,7,4 and 1. So needless to say I always have my hands full.  My four year old is on the autism spectrum but that doesn’t put a stop to his amazing little self. In our house we believe everyone is amazing just the way they were made.

I grew up in the North Georgia area and graduated from Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School. I was blessed and married my High School sweetheart; we have been married for eleven years this October and together 16 years! I couldn’t imagine doing this life without him. He is my rock.

I went to college for early childhood education then within a year of graduation I decided that it wasn’t actually going to be the career path I took. I was lost for a while in all honesty then one day I decided to start a blog. I have always enjoyed writing so I waited to see where it would lead me. I also started writing a book (still in progress) and started pushing myself to figure out who I was, after all it is easy to lose yourself when you become a mother and wife. That is how I ended up here. In the process I found myself, and my passions. In my spare time you can now find me creating, whether that is writing, building, re-purposing or decorating I am always up for a new creative outlet.

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Lindsey

Hey there! I’m Lindsey, and I was born and raised in northern Indiana, the land of corn fields and dairy farms. After marrying my high school sweet heart and graduating college we traveled full time in an RV. Now we have planted roots in Chattanooga. Our daughter Brynn is 3 and our baby boy Cedar is less than 2 months, and of course I can’t forget about our two crazy pups.

After we got married and graduated college we knew that we wanted to travel and eventually find a place to settle down. That turned into us buying a motorhome RV and towing our Jeep Wrangler all around the country for three years while working remote. When we found out I was pregnant with our daughter the search to find a home base got serious, and we landed in Chattanooga. The easy access to rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking was the main draw for us. Having all of those activities and SO much more right in our backyard is everything we had been searching for and more. Now, nearly 4 years later, we are still here and more in love with our city than ever!

My greatest joy has been showing our children God’s great creation through outdoor adventures. She loves helping me in the garden and swimming in the North Chick Creek. Those simple moments, taking a nature walk with my daughter, while she picks up every rock she can find, are more breathtaking than any vista I’ve seen.

Motherhood has been such an incredible journey for me so far, between the mundane days, and epic adventures, it’s a whirlwind that I cannot wait to share!

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Chasity

Hey there – Chasity here. I reside in Chickamauga, Georgia. If you have difficulty pronouncing that, no worries, so do we sometimes and we moved to this area nearly a decade ago. We love that our small town is just a hop and skip from Chattanooga. My husband, Josh and I met in Nashville, where I moved to when I left my hometown in Kentucky. He’s a Missouri native. Admittedly enough, we do not have enough date nights, but we accept that everything is a phase and this one too, shall pass one day. We are soaking up all these days one by one – Our quivers are full.

Neither of us ever imagined living in Georgia, but here we are, living our best life, raising four free-range children. I am my boys’ #1 fan in whatever sport they are playing that season. The i.n.d.e.p.e.n.d.e.n.t (if you sang that, we can be friends) personality my threenage daughter is unbelievable. I vow that one day we will all stop anticipating every want and every need for our two-year-old (who will always be our baby) and he will start talking.

I work full-time for Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, I love my position with the agency as we work to enhance children’s early education experience, promoting social, emotional and physical development.

I am a creative through and through. Writing and singing are a couple of things I enjoy most. I am thankful I get to serve on Oakwood Baptist Church’s Worship Arts Team. And although it’s rarely discussed I am currently finishing my first manuscript on forgiveness. We all have a story; I do not believe we are meant to remain silent. Sometimes as difficult as it may be, we should share about those experiences to encourage others –perhaps over coffee? I will have an iced red-eye in hand.
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Christy

Hi friends. I’m Christy, a Tennessee native with a big city heart. After spending most of my life in middle TN, I’ve lived in NYC for most of the last decade. Bright lights, noisy commutes, grand architecture, ethnic foods, and tiny apartments captured my attention as a college student, and my love for NYC was finally clinched by moving to the big city as a missionary in 2013. I spent my days meeting people in parks, coffee shops, and street corners, building relationships with strangers, and hosting hundreds of volunteers from all over the nation to put on local events.

In 2015 I got a puppy, then in 2018, I met my husband, and our whirlwind romance led to marriage in 2019 and a brand-new baby to kick-off 2021. Apartment life got smaller and smaller as I kept moving people into my tiny one-bedroom. So, we decided to head back south for the luxuries of square footage, a yard, and moving our baby out of a closet. We are excited to now call Chattanooga home. Out of all the options we considered, Chattanooga stood out as a warm, welcoming, urban, suburban paradise close to cities and towns we love.

My husband is Indonesian, so we have the cutest whasian baby you could ever meet; in fact, you can follow him on Instagram @ourwhasianlife to experience all the cuteness. We strive to raise a multicultural family in an exciting, fun way—kids who eat fried chicken with their nasi goreng (fried rice).

When I’m not being the mom of the year, I’m usually writing for my online ministry called More Abundantly. It was created out of my desire to see women in the US and Indonesia grow in their relationship with the Lord and become more fulfilled in this crazy life. More abundantly is based on John 10:10 where we see we are meant to live life abundantly. I’m also an avid world traveler, amateur (terrible) tennis player, extrovert expert, lover of exploration, hater of clutter, emotional health junkie, and voted most likely to say “Yes” in almost every venue of my life thus far (which probably goes against all my emotional health knowledge but oh well). Lastly, happy to be here to grow in motherhood with each of you!

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Carrie

Hi there! I’m Carrie and I live in Signal Mountain with my husband, our little boy Liam, eight chickens and two dogs. So, it’s a little like a zoo – literally and figuratively! When our son was born, I had no idea the adventure that was in store for me. Not only did I become a mom but soon after Liam’s arrival, my husband learned that he was being transferred to Japan. So, I took my mother’s only grandchild to the other side of the planet at just 20 months old. (I still don’t think she’s forgiven me for that one, yet.) We spent 3 amazing years experiencing the culture, enjoying the food, and learning a little of the language. Raising a toddler in a foreign country wasn’t something I ever imagined myself doing but I wouldn’t trade our time there for the world. After returning stateside, we lived in beautiful Asheville, NC for a year before finally settling here in the Chattanooga area three years ago. I couldn’t be happier to call this special place “home.”

I grew up spending the school year in Georgia and the summers in South Carolina, where I was born. So, my “y’all” is 100% authentic and my love of BBQ is right up there with Jesus and family. My favorite things are birthdays and holidays. I appreciate a good “to-do” list. And, I have a Masters in Loading the Dishwasher. (Actually, my masters is in education but some days dishwashers are easier than children!)

When I’m not chasing chickens and dogs and 9-year olds, I’m the owner/designer of a small jewelry business based in Signal Mountain. I enjoy leaving things on the stairs for my child to take to his room but never does, spending hours of my life in the school car line, and packing a lunchbox every Monday through Friday until the year 2030.

I look forward to sharing all of life’s laughs and loves with the Chattanooga Moms readers!

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Paige

Hi, y’all! My name is Paige, and I start my mornings with coffee, finish my day with wine, and somehow find some sort of balance to the craziness in between.

My husband, Blake, and I have been married for 5 years, but have been together since middle school. Together we have built and survived a family of five through three moves in the last few years.  Our boys are our entire life and keep us on the move. Cooper (3), Eli (1), and Reece (3 months) are so much fun.

Recently we have just become foster parents to Reece, but we have brought him into the family as one of our own and enjoying every second with him.  To finish out the Martin crew, we also have our fur babies, Lucy (golden retriever), Rivers (golden doodle), and Jinx (rescue cat).

We recently moved to Chattanooga in the spring of 2021 and call the Ooltewah area our home. Since we are new to the Chattanooga/ East Tennessee area, I love sharing new family activities I find for us to do. Also, with this many kids under 3, date night spot finds are also nice.

Food and drinks are mine and Blake’s hobby and passion. We love cooking together, and the kitchen is where we spend most of our time. When not in the kitchen or taking care of the family, I love to unwind by reading and writing.

I look forward to sharing with the Chattanooga Mom readers as we conquer motherhood together!