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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 Parenting Parables in 2014. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, too.
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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.
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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!
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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, 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 am thrilled to be a part of the CM 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!
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 because I am in love with Chattanooga and I love connecting with other moms.
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!
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!
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.
Hi all! Heather O’Grady here. Small town Nebraska girl who spent the last decade in the South Dakota world. Lucky for me we lived in the Black Hills so I had some experience driving in the hills before moving the this amazingly beautiful terrain, because let’s face it Nebraska is as flat, square, and boring as it gets. We relocated our little family of four to Chattanooga and June and it has been a wonderful experience.
I’m married to a very supportive younger man. It’s only three years, but I like to razz him. We have two beautiful kiddos to chase. Our boy is four and a girl who is almost three. They are 16.5 months apart and they keep me feeling young, most days. Some days I remember all too harshly I waited until 30 to have my first baby and I really question my tiny bit of self-proclaimed sanity. They are teaching me a completely different way to live life and I’m still in awe and shock at the depth of emotion I can have with them around. As an impulsive, emotional, and often moody individual it nice to have an anchor and a way to stay grounded. In the same breath some days I can tell you how they have me pulling my hair out and wanting to run screaming for the hills.
I started blogging recently. It was something new to use as an outlet. While it’s very new I have to say I’m enjoying it. It’s exciting to share this journey with you all and I’m so happy for the opportunity. I have always daydreamed of writing in some capacity so this is a chance to fulfill a goal for me. I find the older I get I am not nearly as unhappy or uncomfortable with myself, but I still feel a constant need to keep bettering myself and learning. It’s a passion of mine to continually find myself. I’ve never really felt the need to stay in once place and enjoy exploring. Moving to Chattanooga gives me a chance to do that in a new place, with a new climate, and culture for once. There isn’t much difference between Nebraska and South Dakota. There also isn’t a ton of stuff to do there and winters can be so miserable. I look forward to playing tourist, continuing the ever changing journey of motherhood, and growing as a person here in Tennessee. I’m happy I am surrounded by all of you while I do so.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.