Knoxville Moms 2021 Team

Knoxville Moms Team Photo by Karen Stone Photography

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Jordan

I’m Jordan, and I have small town, southern Florida Panhandle roots that have been transplanted to the foothills of the Smokies. I am a very proud wife and mom of two. I love to be outdoors, travel, spend time with family, sit on the front porch, take a nap, do some yoga, and you’ll always find us at our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Sunday. My husband and I met in high school and the rest is history! Married at 19 and made parents at 22, we haven’t necessarily taken the traditional route, but it’s been the best ride. My kids keep me on my toes daily and if I’m not running around after them, then I am inevitably dealing with our human-like animals or trying to spend five minutes with my husband.

I do my best to find humor in all things and keep motherhood real – the good and the bad. I struggled in my transition to Mom and found ways to soothe my soul with writing and yoga.  I am by no means an expert at this whole parenting thing (truly, I’m just winging it), but I never want another woman to feel alone on the journey of motherhood and that’s what you will find at the core of my writing. I am the owner and founder of Mama Yoga here in East Tennessee where I create community for moms and encourage self-care with mindful movement in prenatal, postnatal, and traditional yoga instruction.

You can follow along with my writing and yoga adventures on FacebookInstagram, and on my website, www.jordanmorgan.com

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Lauren B.

Hello! My name is Lauren Bouch. I am a Knoxville native and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I married to my college sweetheart, Daniel. We met at our beloved Alma Mater, Tennessee Tech University, and got married shortly after graduating. We became the proud parents of twin daughters in 2017 and added another little girl to the family four years later. I have been a P. E. teacher, a paralegal, and a preschool teacher but being a mom is my favorite job by far. These days, I am living the dream as a stay-at-home mom, and I love it.

My college degree is in Secondary Education English, so I am not kidding when I say I LOVE to read. Classic literature is my favorite, and if Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, anyone?) wrote it, I have read it. I also enjoy traveling, naps, drinking coffee, re-watching Gilmore Girls (for the millionth time), going to concerts, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

My faith plays a huge role in how I mother and how I view motherhood. Also, as a girl mama, I have a passion for making sure young girls know their worth and that they can do or be anything they want. I am definitely not an expert when it comes to being a mom, but I hope to encourage other moms through my writing. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing group of women.

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Laura

Hi! I’m Laura, and I claim Knoxville as my hometown even though it’s not. I lived in Knoxville for a brief time as a child. That brief time happened to include the Peyton years and a football national championship. You just don’t forget that kind of magic. Though my family relocated to Middle Tennessee 20 years ago, I returned to Knoxville to attend UT, where I met and married my handsome husband Chris. Our wedding vows required me to move back to Nashville with him while he pursued his doctorate in physical therapy. We moved back to Knoxville in 2017. Lord willing, we fully intend to call this our forever home!

We have three beautiful children. Caroline, our oldest, is a social butterfly with a thirst to know everything about everything. Colin, my middle child, has the most exuberance for life than anyone I’ve ever met. Caleb is the baby of the family and expert charmer.

I have a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and am currently a kindergarten teacher. I love filtering my motherhood experience through the lens of child development. I certainly don’t have all the answers. In fact, I’ve learned there is truly no amount of education that can prepare you for your specific child. We’re all making it up as we go. I’m excited to be on this journey with you!

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Haley L.

My name is Haley and I really only have one hobby: words. I can most often be found with my nose in a book, or at the very least, my hand. I am happily married to the love of my life, residing in a small town north of Knoxville where we were born and raised. We are raising our one little girl with no plans for more. We love to frequent Disney World as often as possible and watch Harry Potter on repeat in between trips. I am a career mom who has spent the majority of my career in healthcare technology before a switch to fintech. My number one goal in all that I do is to make the world a better place, so as long as I am doing that, it doesn’t matter what type of work I’m doing. Having a career is important to me, because I like having a piece of “me” outside of being a mommy.

There are many days I long to homeschool or be there every moment of the day, but that isn’t what is best for our family, and we know that! I try really hard to have it all together but the reality is that I’m taking it day by day. I have the same laundry pile that most of us do and dirty dishes in the sink. My life is a series of unexpected events drenched in grace and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I spend a lot of time writing about mental health awareness and surviving some of the hard stuff, because if I can do it, I believe that you can too. Being a wife and mother is my greatest adventure through all the highs and lows. Nothing has ever inspired me like wifehood and motherhood, and that’s what started my small outlet blog You, Me, & Harper Capri where I primarily write about family, the struggles, and conquering the hard stuff. I focus on each moment being what I was created for and that I should be a shining light of hope in an otherwise dark world. I’m so excited to continue this journey alongside everyone at Knoxville Moms and do my best to shine my light.

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Rachel D. 

Hi, I’m Rachel, and I’m a Florida girl who has been calling Knoxville home for the last three years. I was born and raised right outside of Orlando, and I lived in the same house (and the same bedroom!) for my entire life until I graduated high school. I was really sentimental about my home growing up and heartbroken to leave, but once I started college, I definitely became a bit of a vagabond! I attended Florida State University for undergrad and earned my B.S. in English Education in order to fulfill my dream of becoming a high school English teacher. After (unsuccessfully) trying to settle down in Tallahassee, I ended up moving around from place to place for several years, pursuing better jobs and a better life. I’ve lived in Boone, North Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and I earned my graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of the greatest adventures of my life was spent living abroad for a year in Zhejiang, China, teaching English at Huzhou Vocational and Technical College. There are so many things that I enjoyed each of those places, but I never really felt like I was home until I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. I’ve been living in Knoxville now since 2014. I’m the proud single mom of two elementary-aged boys: Jake and Teddy. I recently hit the ten-year mark of my career in education, and I’m currently teaching 10th grade at Concord Christian School. Writing is one of my biggest passions, and I’m so grateful to be a contributor for the KM team!

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Sara

Hi! I’m Sara, native to Knoxville in birthplace only. After living here for the first two years of my life, my dad joined the Air Force and moved us around the country every three years for the next 20 years. I hightailed it back for college at East Tennessee State University, where I met my husband, Jimmy. We lived in Middle Tennessee for a bit but the mountains of East Tennessee kept calling us home. We were thrilled when a job opportunity for Jimmy, a licensed professional counselor, opened in Knoxville and we moved to the area in 2014.

Previously an elementary school teacher, I gladly welcomed the chance to enter my dream profession of stay at home mom in 2013 when I had my daughter. In 2016, we added our son to the family and in 2018 our second daughter. We enjoy time at the park, trips to Trader Joe’s, library outings, play dates with friends and local events. I love keeping up with all the festivals, new restaurant openings, and kid-friendly activities happening in Knoxville.  I’ve been waiting to “belong” to a hometown for my whole life and I’m throwing myself into a Knoxville love affair with wanton abandon!

When I’m not out romancing the city, I love to be in my kitchen.  I cook out of necessity and boredom with the same meals every night but I bake as a catharsis.  I dream of owning a bakery someday as my third career and am working on a short list of names (submissions accepted).  I’ve always loved the written word and am excited for a creative outlet here at Knoxville Moms.  At the end of the day, human connection around shared experiences and emotions is what makes life beautiful. That and fresh baked goods.

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Leah

Hey, y’all! I’m Leah. I am a proud wife and mama of three. Knoxville has been home my whole life, even when I didn’t live here. My dad’s military career moved us around, but East Tennessee roots run deep. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, I married a Knoxville-native Marine. We left for a few years following USMC orders, but we were happy to return to Knoxville in 2008. It is the perfect place to raise our family.

I recently returned to work in marketing after six years as a stay-at-home-mom. My family and job keep me busy, and I am constantly looking for balance. Parenting has taught me to let go of perfectionism and to laugh at myself and at life’s unpredictable twists. I love to encourage other women and moms and strive to lead by example, but I need grace daily.

In our free time, my family loves visiting with friends and relatives, spending time outdoors, attending the kids’ activities and sporting events, and exploring Knoxville’s local venues.  When I’m not chasing or chauffeuring, I enjoy Bible study, volunteering, reading, and squeezing in fitness classes whenever I can.

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Haley M.

Hi there, I’m Haley, a middle-aged-momma to Lukas, my precious 5 month old bundle of joy whom God finally blessed me with at the ripe old age of 36.  I met my husband Dan on Match.com and we’ve been best friends ever since I tripped over a speed bump at our first real in-person date.  We live in Northeast Knoxville with our baby boy and two fur baby girls in our dream home with a huge yard and great views of hay fields, creeks and cows.  We both have roots in the country, so it feels like home to us.  I grew up in east Tennessee and have lived here for most of my life, and I have the most amazing southern drawl to prove it.  I work full-time as an architect and marketing coordinator at an architecture firm in Knoxville, and (mostly) love what I do.  In my free time you’ll find me reading, spending time outdoors, exploring our great little city, letting my creativity run wild, decorating cakes (and eating all the frosting), and writing about creativity and facing fear on my blog at www.haleymcmanigal.com/.  I’ve only been a mom for like a minute, so I am certainly no parenting expert, but I do look forward to sharing this strange and important journey here with all you great mommas and learning a few things along the way.

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Rachel L.

Hi, I’m Rachel L., and I’ve lived in Knoxville almost my entire life! I live with my family in West Knoxville and love being in such a great area to raise my son! I am a wife to an amazing man named Daniel and mom to an almost-toddler boy with enough energy to power a house!

If I’m not reading another urban fantasy novel, you’ll find me planning meals, window shopping with my husband, and writing about self-care and learning to be a parent over on my blog, A Life With A Little (www.alifewithalittle.com). I love writing and have several almost-completed novels in my “someday” list of goals to complete. My favorite hobbies are crafting, cooking, reading, and window shopping.

I’m a Halloween baby who loves traditions. Birthdays, holidays, and family traditions make me happy. You can always follow me for updates on when and where to get free donuts because I’m a bit obsessed with finding free donuts. (My favorite donuts right now are at Status Dough, and I’m a sucker for an opportunity to dress up for free donuts, like on Talk Like A Pirate Day!)

I’m happiest with a cup of coffee in my hand and something sweet to eat. I love making new friends and look forward to sharing some of my favorite things with all of you!

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Kailey

Hi, my name is Kailey. I am a Registered Nurse turned high school Health Science Teacher. I am a proud wife and mom of 1. My sweet Brady (any football fans?) was born in August 2018. I am a Knoxville native and absolutely love the area. Where else can you drive to a beach, major city, or mountains in less than 6 hours? I married my husband in May 2017, we have known each other since he was 16. I love all things true crime, Disney, crafts, and Mexican food . If we aren’t at work you will find us traveling or planning our next trip. We have a passion for traveling and our goal is to visit all 50 states. I do also work as a travel agent. I absolutely love planning vacations for families. I have been a travel agent since 2016. At the end of the day all we have left are memories, I make sure each and every family creates lasting memories. I’m most certainly not an expert on being a mom, but I hope to add some experiences and outlooks being a “millennial mom”.

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Jasmine

Hey everyone I’m Jasmine! I was born and raised here in Knoxville, which is why I love sweet tea by the gallon. I also love coffee, and probably drink way too much of it in one day. I’m a wife and mom of 5 little ones, plus one hyperactive Weimaraner! I get asked all the time if my kids are all mine, and even though the answer is yes, I always laugh when asked. It’s funny I never saw myself having a big family, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Our days are loud, chaotic, messy, and so full of love. In between breaking up sibling feuds, cleaning spills, and changing diapers, I work seasonal in an emergency department. I get summer off to be home fully with my family and I love it! In the summertime we love going to the parks, lake, and all the splash pads! And fall here is my favorite next to summer, you can find us jumping in the leaves and doing all the fun fall festivities.

You will usually always see me with coffee in one hand, and a good book in the other. I also do photography occasionally and I love to blog. My passion for writing ignited back in elementary school when I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest. It opened up a whole new world for me, putting my thoughts to paper. I had so many journals and old school diaries with a lock and key. I never shared my stuff until becoming a mother. I had so many emotions, and desired to write and connect with other moms. I started writing a lot on Instagram connecting with mothers from all over, and writing posts for other websites. From there I took the leap and created a blog. Writing has become part of who I am. I believe in sharing our stories, because that’s where the connection and healing starts. I hope to not only encourage others through my words, but to be encouraged by others along the way. Because we are all in this motherhood thing together! So pull up a seat, because there’s always room at the table here for you! You can find daily posts on motherhood, faith, and my crazy filled life here on Instagram. And for more longer posts you can check my blog Raising The Martins out here.

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Meredith

¡Hola! I’m Meredith. I moved to Knoxville when I was 8 years old so I have always considered Tennessee home sweet home to me. We especially love the VOLS! I am a Maryville College graduate. I also have a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and an education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. I am a high school Spanish teacher and have been teaching since 2006. I love to travel and have visited 18 countries. My absolute favorite place is Barcelona, Spain.

I met my husband, Nasaem, in 1999 at a place in Knoxville called Celebration Station, where we both worked. If you are a Knoxville native, you probably spent some time there playing arcade games, riding go-karts and bumper boats, or playing putt-putt. We got married nine years later, in 2008. So, we have known each other for over half of our lives! We have two children, Hunter (born 2009) and Sophia (born 2012). My kids keep me on my toes and I feel like I always have a crazy story to tell. We also got a dog, Wrigley, in 2020. I never thought we would be dog owners, as that was not in our plan, but here we are! Our life is one adventure after the other and we never know what is going to happen next. We are also the family that is always late for everything, which drives many of our friends and family members crazy.

We are a sports-loving family. My daughter plays soccer and absolutely loves it. She also recently started running track and really enjoyed it. She played basketball for a few years and finally told us that she thought it was boring. She also did gymnastics and tumbling for a few years, but it conflicted with soccer, and she chose soccer. My son has played a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, and flag football; however, his preferred sport is now golf. He also really loves fishing, which he learned all about from his uncle. I do not particularly enjoy fishing and neither does my husband. With all of that said, I spend most of my time at the soccer field with my daughter and the golf course with my son. I have become his preferred caddie, even though my golf knowledge is limited.

When I’m not at school, the soccer field or on the golf course, you can find me shopping at Target or traveling to a new place to check off of my bucket list. When we travel, we usually do not have a plan so we tend to stumble upon really neat events and find really interesting things. That also tends to happen when I shop at Target and I end up spending way more than I anticipated! I used to be the type of person who had to plan everything out, but once I became a mom, I had to let go of that and learn to go with the flow, which is actually much more fun and exciting. I’m looking forward to sharing our adventures with you all!

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Lindsay

I live in East Knoxville with my 4-year-old daughter and husband.  I own Custom Love Gifts, Events, and Prints, a company in the wedding industry offering Event Planning, Gourment Favors, and Wedding Stationery.  I am also co-owner of The Bride Link, which offers expert wedding planning advice, including a Youtube Channel and Podcast.

I am a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, although I am limited to only owning one cat (but I still feed the strays!).  I am currently learning how to navigate owning my first puppy, and isn’t sure which is harder to raise, the puppy or the toddler.  I have a Masters degrees from WVU in Industrial Relations as well as a MBA. Originally I am from WV, but has lived in Knoxville since 2011.  Who would leave this place with all these great lakes nearby?  It is perfect for a summer get away for a day!

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Julia

Hi there! I may not have been born in East Tennessee, but I definitely consider it home. My family moved to Oak Ridge from Southern California right before I started high school, so I’ve been here since 2004. After high school I went to Lincoln Memorial University in the small town of Harrogate, TN for my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. A couple of months after graduating I married my husband, Zach, and soon after we moved to Knoxville. After spending some time trying to find my niche, I ended up back at Lincoln Memorial University but this time as an employee at their Knoxville campus, and earning my MBA. I really enjoy getting to work with college students as an adviser, and helping them achieve their educational and career goals!

Faith and family are very important to us. After being married for five years we had our son, Will, who is now one. Every day is so exciting watching him learn and grow! We love to get outside and explore our beautiful area- it’s amazing how much we have to do and see right here in our own backyard!  We also love to cheer on the Vols, even in the tough years. I also love reading, singing (previously in choir, now just in the car!), coffee with too much cream and sugar, and browsing the aisles of Target on an early Saturday morning. I’m so excited to be a part of the Knoxville Moms, and can’t wait for all the adventures we’ll have together!

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Jamie

Well, hello there! I’ve been writing for Knoxville Moms since 2019 and I love being a part of this great group of women, moms and writers!

I was born and raised in Indiana as an only child with two incredibly supportive parents and surrounded by three huge extended families. I graduated from Ball State University with a major in Telecommunications (TV Production) in 2004 and got married in 2005 after 3 1/2 years of a long-distance relationship. After graduation and marriage, my husband and I unexpectedly found ourselves moving to Birmingham, Alabama where my initial job at a TV station inadvertently led me to a career in advertising for an additional 7 years. I thought the land of Roll Tide vs War Eagle would be a short stop in our history, but it lasted 13 years until we moved here to Knoxville in 2018. And so far, we love it! I am now a SAHM to 2 girls and 1 boy, born in 2012, 2016 and 2017. I call them my vowel kids because they start with E, A and O. If we had any others they’d have to start with I and U because I’m OCD, but that’s not going to happen. We actually never wanted more than 2 kids, but after #2 girl popped out, I could only picture our family with 3 kids, the baby being a boy. Somehow God perfectly answered that last minute prayer for me. We feel complete in our family and happily settled here in Tennessee!

I am a blunt person. I don’t sugarcoat things. I pride myself on being real and quite the open book, always looking for the humor in the mundane.

In my minimal free time I enjoy playing the piano, traveling, watching horror movies, drinking wine, having game nights with friends, taking walks, getting the occasional massage and writing. My dream is to one day see my name on the cover of many children’s books, but for now you can catch my posts on Knoxville Moms and on my personal neglected blog, My Groggy Bloggy.

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Audrey

Hey guys…..I mean, Hey ya’ll! (I’m told that first one is not a Southern phrase!)

I’m Audrey, a middle of nowhere, East Tennessee transplant. My husband (and forever crush) Andy and I were born and raised in Ohio State Buckeye territory, where we met in junior high school and married halfway through college. We have 2 tweens here on Earth: Lucas-the sweetest jokester boy you will ever meet, and Alaina-a charismatic and responsible redhead. We were hoping for a bigger family, but it wasn’t in the cards for us.

For years we have vacationed here in and around Knoxville and so when the opportunity came to move here for Andy’s new job, we took it!

Prior to moving here, I was first and foremost a Wife and Mother, but filled my days at a special needs preschool, title company, and as a FT volunteer-a-holic. I was VP for the PTO, board member of our district Visioning Committee, 4-H club advisor and wrote for the Dayton(OH) Moms Blog.

In my spare time, I love DIY, crafting, reading and writing.

And I will always be a barefoot farm girl at heart. We raise/grow our own food- and I occasionally even make dinner out of our homegrown goodness- but I hate cooking!

I can’t wait to immerse myself in this sweet, southern community!

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Kelci

Hey everyone! I’m Kelci Parrott and I am a mom to two blonde haired, blue eyed baby dolls, Lillian (3) and Hattie (2). Born and raised in Nashville, TN I met my husband in college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (GO MOCS!) After living in Maryland and California after college, we finally decided to move back to his hometown in Knoxville, while I was 30 weeks pregnant!

After spending the first 5 years post college traveling the country opening franchises for a local moving company, I had a complete change of scenery when I took my current role of an after-school program director.  I spend my afternoons with my 100+ bonus kids who keep me hip and young. I love working with kids and being in the school my own children will attend. I am an expert ice pack giver, temperature taker, and homework helper. It is a blessing every day to spend time with them and be a part of their childhood experience.

My husband, Devan, also known as dbaby, coaches a local high school baseball team and I still think he is way out of my league, no pun intended. We have been married for 5 years and together for 10! After struggling to conceive our first daughter, we got the surprise of our life when we found out we were pregnant again with a 5-month-old in the next room! My due dates were exactly 13 months apart! When we aren’t chasing around our girls, or spending time at the ballpark we love to explore new restaurants, drink craft beer, and cheer on the Vols!

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Dominique

Hey guys! I’m Dominique! I am originally from Alaska but grew up in Madisonville, TN.  I lived in Chattanooga for 4 years while attending UTC majoring in Communications. After graduation, I moved to Knoxville to start my career and now have landed in North Knoxville where I have been for the past 10 years.

I am the wife to Jeff, and the stay-at-home momma bear to two wild curly haired girls Charleigh and Henleigh. I always thought I was going to end up being a boy mom which might be why my girls have such unique unisex names. I temporarily became a stay-at- home mom after I had my second child, Henleigh with plans to return to the work force in the future but I am super excited to start this blogging adventure.

I enjoy crafting and being creative! You can always find me trying new things with my kids. I am a huge extrovert and enjoy meeting new people so we are always out and about when we can be. I love kickboxing, drinking my bean water (coffee), and trying new recipes. I look forward to sharing my highs and lows as a mom with you and hope to be an inspiration.

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Jasmine B.

Hi, I’m Jasmine Ball – wife, mom, and founder of BTM Writing Services. My days are usually divided between being a stay-at-home mom of an energetic 1-year-old (Trinity), running my home-based business, and getting to know what all Knoxville has to offer.

I’m originally from Selma, AL, and have since lived in a few different places and a few different states before settling down in Knoxville, TN in 2019 with Chris – my husband of 6 years (together for 11 years). Since we’re newer to Knoxville, we mostly spend our time getting used to what life looks like now as new parents in a new state in a pandemic. It’s a whole new world and we’re ready to take on the new adventures.

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Stephanie R.

Hi there! I’m Stephanie (but everyone refers to me as Steph) and am a Knoxville transplant originally from South Florida.  Moving here from a big city 12 years ago was a culture shock for me at first, but I have since grown to enjoy this city I now call home.  I do consider the term ya’ll part of my vocabulary now, along with an occasional bless it, however it will always be sneakers (not tennis shoes) and a shopping cart (not a buggy) to me!

I have been married to my hubby Dave for 11 years now, but we have been together for almost 21! We met when we were both summer camp counselors in the year 2000 and never looked back. Dave was actually born here in Knoxville, but grew up in Atlanta and South Florida, where we met, while I lived in the same place for eighteen years. So therefore, he is an avid TN Vols fan, and I like the tailgating lol! I attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where I received my BS in Elementary Education. I just entered into my 15th year as an elementary school teacher, currently teaching 4th grade math. The day after we got engaged, he got a call with a job offer he simply could not pass up, so off we went to start our life.  If you had asked me 20 years ago if I could see myself living in Knoxville, TN, I would have never believed it! But here we are, having put roots down and going strong 12 years later!

We have one outspoken, sassy, 9 going on 16-year-old daughter named Peyton (literally nothing to do with Manning for me, I just really liked the name and hubby, being a Vols fan, was all in) and then our never stops moving, all boy loving everything son Gavin who is 5 and just started kindergarten! Being their mommy is probably the hardest job I will ever have, but it is also the most rewarding (cliché sounding I know) and I can think of no better way to receive and give unconditional love. Watching these little people, who are part my DNA, grow up into individuals is the coolest thing ever!

When I’m not lesson planning or driving people to their dance, swim, or flag football practices, you can find me with my nose buried in a good book with either a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, depending on what time of day it is, binge watching the latest new release on Netflix, trying my hardest to get in a workout when I can, and testing out new recipes in the kitchen.  If you’re here for anything sarcastic, I’m your girl! Sending memes and Tik-toks are my love language, I always check out the dessert menu first when out to eat, and I love event planning for my friends and family! A few of my favorite things are Friends, long walks down the aisles of Target, coffee, musicals, playing with makeup and skincare products, shopping, the beach, all kinds of music, Fall season,  spending quality time with friends and family, traveling, and all things Disney.

I am beyond excited to be on this new adventure with Knoxville Moms and cannot wait to get started.  I am looking forward to sharing my adventures and experiences in this crazy thing called life with you all through the written word!

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Tricia

Hello! My name is Tricia and I am an associate professor in the Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology at University of Tennessee in Knoxville with specialties in stuttering and early childhood language. I am a mom to 3 school-aged girls (including a set of twins) and a stepmom to 2 boys in their twenties. In 2013, my husband, Richard, and I relocated to Knoxville from Delaware. He grew up in NY and I in Pennsylvania.  We love the close-knit, small-city feel of Knoxville, the proximity to the mountains and the fantastic community that surrounds us in our Farragut home. We spend our evenings and weekends on the sidelines cheering on our kids in various sporting events. My primary hobby is driving children from one place to another.  I have a passion for anti-bullying movements, outdoor education and building support group networks around the world.  I host a podcast entitled “Stutter Stories” to help share the voices of people who stutter internationally.

I am a huge fan of thinking globally and acting locally. I am glad to be a part of Knoxville Moms and feel inspired when parents connect to take action for the well-being of each other and their children. Supporting moms in their quest to survive and thrive while raising the next generation is a mission with which I am proud to be included.

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Caitlin

I am a local public relations professional by day, but my most important titles are ‘Mom’ to my rainbow baby, Clayton, and ‘Wife’, to my high school sweetheart, Louis.

I have worked at McGhee Tyson Airport in the public relations department for the past ten years. I manage the airport’s website and social media accounts, but what I love most about my job is the ability to help passengers have a safe and enjoyable experience at TYS. After becoming a mom, it became even more important for me to share travel tips and ‘mom-hacks’ that make traveling with children seamless, stress-free, and maybe even fun!

As a born-and-raised East Tennessean, I am a fan of (orange!) all-things Knoxville. I love seeing our area continue to grow by offering unique, memorable experiences for all ages and interests.

When I’m not singing a Blippi song that’s stuck in my head or kicking around a soccer ball with my son, you can find me traveling, reading, or reading about travel.

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Angie

Hi there! My name is Angie. I was not born and raised in Knoxville, but I am so happy we now call it home.

I am originally from an extremely small suburb of Chicago (the part where it’s mostly cornfield). I wanted to move away so badly and I decided in my early twenties to move to Florida. After living there for a few years, I met my husband and we got married. We stayed in Florida until it was time to start a family. We didn’t know where we wanted to go, but we wanted to go somewhere. We came to the Knoxville area to visit family and immediately fell in love. We moved less than a month before our amazing son, Flynn, was born.

My son had some complications at birth. Thanks to the fast actions from my doctor and the hard work from the team at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, my son was able to survive and I am so grateful for that every day. Right after my son turned one he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. We drive all over Knoxville going to appointments.

I have a background in Cosmetology (doing hair), marketing, graphic design, and working in the medical field as a medical assistant at a dermatologist. After my son got his diagnosis I made the decision to put all my attention to his care and helping out moms in situations like mine. I started MOAGG.org to help raise awareness and spread kindness for all these amazing people with a little extra need.

We love finding fun things to do with my son where he can feel included, and the Knoxville area has some pretty amazing stuff! Every day is a new adventure for us and it’s always a surprise! I am so happy to be a part of Knoxville Moms and I look forward to getting to know you, and you getting to know me!

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Amanda

Hey, hey!  Amanda here! I’m a forever Carolina girl that moved to Knoxville in 2003 and have called it home ever since. I’m an introvert married to KJ (the most extroverted person I’ve ever met) and I’m a proud mom to my 3 boys: Noah (14), Nash (4) and Banks (6 months). I’ve been a teacher for 17 years in both general and special education and am currently working part time as an academic coach in the Anderson County school system.

When the stars align and I have a few moments to myself, you’ll find me compulsively decorating my house (a.k.a. moving things around), listening to Oldies music and making plans to retire at any beach we can afford. There’s nothing that ruins my day faster than having to figure out what’s for dinner and nothing lifts my spirits more than a good true crime podcast or book. I also firmly believe that Halloween is the best holiday ever and I dare you to try and convince me otherwise (I see you, Christmas lovers!).

Writing is where I feel the most like myself and it’s truly become a form of therapy for me over the years. My writing is typically much funnier than I’ll ever hope to be in real life. I love being a mom so being able to write about the highs and lows of “momming” 3 boys who are all in very different stages of life excites me. I hope you’re excited to join me on this wild and chaotic adventure we call Motherhood!

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Samantha

Hi ya’ll! My name is Samantha, and I am Knoxville transplant. I grew up in Indiana but vacationed every year in the Smokies and knew eventually I wanted to make Rocky Top my home. I went to ETSU and came away with Bachelors in Finance, a Master’s in Business Administration, and my wonderful husband Brad. We met rock climbing, got married in 2012, and moved to Knoxville in 2015. After we got married we struggled for years with infertility and in 2016 we finally embarked on an IVF journey that brought us our sweet twin girls Brooklyn and Blakely (4). We have since added another little girl, Heidi (2), to our clan through an FET cycle and hope to do another cycle soon. Our kiddos are our biggest blessings, and we treasure every moment with them!

In addition to my favorite job as mom, I am also a healthcare real estate compliance consultant. It’s a wordy title, but basically my company helps health systems with all their real estate needs, and I personally help dot the i’s and cross the t’s on lease agreements and real estate transactions. I also run my own blog and social media business (check out @samantharaisingwildflowers) as well as do newborn/baby/kid photography on the side (@1samuel1photography).

I am a big dreamer and big doer. I love travelling and took my three girls to all 50 US states on my maternity leave in 2019 in a sprinter van that Brad converted into a camper for us. While I would love to do vanlife full time, that is not in the cards, so Brad and I now convert sprinter vans for other families and take them on fun trips as a test run. Instead, we are on the search for a mini farm to buy and call our own. I am also a huge fan of the outdoors and love hiking, camping, biking, rock climbing, and kayaking or paddle boarding. When we are not out and about, we like to cuddle up together and go on adventures in books.

I am so honored to be a part of this Knoxville Moms team, connect with other local moms, share a bit about our crazy but beautiful life, and can’t wait to get to know all of you!

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Kara M.

Hey gals! My name is Kara McFarland. I was born and raised in St. Louis, but I’ve called Knoxville home for 12 years! As a transplant, I’ve come to understand the importance of “blooming where you’re planted.” It is how I’ve gone from newcomer, to truly loving ALL this town has to offer. Whether it’s volunteering, exploring Knoxville’s urban wilderness or grabbing a locally brewed beer, there’s always something to do (and it’s usually family-friendly, which we love)! I’m a recovering TV news career-woman, turned stay-at-home-mom to our beautiful daughter, Navy. I met my college sweetheart (now husband) while attending Mizzou, where I obtained my Master of Arts in Journalism. After college, my husband enrolled at the University of Tennessee School of Law and we moved to Knoxville. While leaving the Midwest was a huge transition for me, it didn’t take long to fall in love with East TN! Working in local TV offered up countless opportunities to experience all that our scruffy little city has to offer. The history, the people, the geography…the orange! Simply put, this city charmed us and we love that our daughter is starting a new tradition in our family- Tennessee born and raised!

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Missy

Hi, I’m Missy. I wasn’t raised in Tennessee, but it has become my home and the place where I plan to remain forever. I became a mama three times over in the early 2000’s after several years of infertility and losses. I am mom to three teenagers now. Motherhood is my real-life dream come true, but not everything in life turns out dreamy. I was stunned to find myself a single mother and learned so much about resilience and community during that season. I was even more surprised when I remarried and became a second wife and stepmom!  What a sweet gift that has been, and even more growth opportunities.

My heartbeat is to encourage others and faith in Christ is an integral part of who I am. I view the world through the lens of motherhood and love the way being “mom” connects so many of us. I have no family ties in the area, so friendships sustain me and investing in people is my passion. Relationships are the richness of this world!

I am girlfriend to my husband, mother to my three kiddos and “Missy” to my step daughters. Along with keeping our household humming, I also work in the software industry, keeping the office running. Both at home and at the office I keep the kitchen stocked and the coffee flowing. For fun I love to head to our Smoky Mountains, garden on our hillside or unwind on the patio and read a novel. I find words to be so powerful, so I process my thoughts and find clarity when I write.  I’m excited to share with others. You can also find me at my blog, Far From Flawless.

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Kelsie

Hi friends, I’m Kelsie! I’m a midwestern girl that is proud to call Knoxville home for the past 8 years. I moved to Knoxville after graduating with my master’s degree in public health from Indiana University. I came to Knoxville to train as a professional athlete; pole vault was my specialty. I competed in the 2016 Olympics, as well as the 2017 & 2019 World Championships – my sport took me all over the world and I absolutely loved the time I spent dedicating myself to my athletic goals!

My husband and I met at Indiana University on the track team. We were friends first, then dated long distance for 4.5 years before he followed me to Knoxville. We were married in November 2019 and are expecting our first baby in January 2022! We are active people and love to spend time outdoors. We recently discovered mountain biking and have had so much fun exploring the trails in the surrounding areas.

After retiring from sport, I decided to go back to school to become a nurse. I will graduate from Lincoln Memorial University in December and am looking forward to merging my nursing education, background in public health, and experiences as an athlete as I pursue my career. I am passionate about helping others find simple, sustainable strategies to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families. I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is to take care of our bodies so that we can do the things we were made to do in this world!

Sarah Kirkland

Sarah

Hello! I’m a tried-and-true East Tennessean with deep roots and an even deeper accent. I live in Maryville with my husband, daughter, two cats, and a dog.

We’re a chaotic, adventure loving, movie watching, book reading, messy, loving household. I work in Proposals and am always on a deadline, but I always make time for a wild-as-soda-pop daughter. My favorite hobby is introducing my daughter to all my favorite things from sweet treats to Target runs to the BEST movies from the 90s to people watching to going overboard on decorating for every holiday.

I grew up in nearby Corryton, TN, and attended Maryville College. I have a background in marketing and public relations but have now transitioned into proposals and love it!  I am work from home as a Proposal Manager and enjoy the peace and quiet when the husband is at work and my daughter is at daycare.

An over-thinking and over-sharer, I am excited to have an outlet to share my adventures and misadventures in motherhood!