Land in Hand

Old Friends & New Coffee Shops

Downtown Chattanooga has a TON of adorable coffee shops. There are hole-in-the-wall type cafes with local art on the walls. Some with outdoor patios, fancy flavors and succulents in the window sills. I’ve been to some pretty modern ones as well with metal furnishings and quiches that cost $20, but could fit in the palm of your hand.

I grew up in a suburb of Chattanooga. My church is there, my family is there and many of our friends live in that area as well. So even though my husband and I live in the city, I spend quite a bit of time over in that area. And there were no local coffee shops for the longest time. We’d always just drive downtown.  But lo and behold one has finally arrived! “Sourdough Cuppa Jo” couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

I am a huge fan of local coffee shops. Nothing beats that cozy feel of a locally owned and decorated cafe. The baristas seem to know a little bit more about the coffee they’re pouring and I love all the personal touches.

So when a friend of mine who has been living out of town for a few years came in to visit, we rounded up the girls and had breakfast at Sourdough Cuppa Jo. I loved all of the natural light pouring in through the windows so obviously I wanted to take some pictures.


I have had many different groups of girl friends over the years. They’ve all served tremendous purpose in the making of who I am. Each of them were the exact friends that I needed at that exact time in my life. My home base though in regards to friends has always come from my church which is how I came to be friends with the girls in this picture. One is a mommy of three, the other a missionary to Turkey, and our friend Callie is looking to move to Nashville. The tiny booger is my pregnant sister and my best friend.

We are all in different areas of life geographically, family wise and career wise. But it doesn’t matter when we’re sharing a cup of coffee together. I’ve known some of them longer than others, but I don’t think it matters much when you’ve grown in your faith together. When you’ve encouraged each other to pursue dreams. Travelled across multiple states to celebrate their wedding. Been the first one at the hospital for the arrival of their baby.

I don’t get to see them much. But I’m proud of them, and I’m proud to be their friend. They are oldies but boy are they goodies.


We nibbled on quiches and scones, chatting away about life, knowing there was no way to catch up on all we had missed. Everything from the service to the art was bright and cheerful. Our coffee came in beautiful hand-sculpted mugs. The owner had purchased them from a local potter and we unsuccessfully tried to talk him into letting us have them. I bought chocolate cordial cherry cupcakes from them a few days later and they did not disappoint.

There’s something so comforting in sipping a warm latte and hearing the laughter of good friends. It’s like a warm bath for your insides. Not like I have time for a lot of those. So I’ll stick to coffee and conversation ;).


Large Talk | by Joel

When was the last time you had a conversation that mattered?

Hopefully the answer is a few hours ago or yesterday. However, if we sit and ponder, we may realize that 95% of our words and sentences are used to foster shallow relationships. Continue reading “Large Talk | by Joel”

Life in a Waiting Room

I don’t mind waiting rooms so much. Usually I have a book to read or can scroll through Instagram long enough to keep me occupied. But I never want to be in a waiting room.

Waiting rooms will guarantee one or more of the following unpleasant scenarios: Continue reading “Life in a Waiting Room”

10 Mom Hacks & Pictures from the Lake

Joel’s parents were in town for a long weekend and we LOVED IT. They are so wonderful to have around. We went to a local park and spent some time on the lake. Joel captured some cute shots so I thought I’d share those because pictures are fun! We are so fortunate to have access to beautiful places. I love where we live!  Continue reading “10 Mom Hacks & Pictures from the Lake”

Could Ya’ll Be Any More Pleasant?

We did it. We took the baby and slept in a tent for three days near Destin, FL at a campsite near the beach. Sleep schedules got a little messed up and we definitely had to go with the flow. But we did it and we all lived to tell about it. Continue reading “Could Ya’ll Be Any More Pleasant?”

A Nursery Tour

We finally painted Olson’s room and I’m just so happy with how it all looks now! The paint really helped bring together all the random pieces that we have in Olson’s room. All of his furniture was either given to us or we found it on Craig’s List. And all the decor in his room was from baby showers or purchased from artists that we know. None of it was intended to go together. Oh well! We like it 🙂 Continue reading “A Nursery Tour”

Mommy Do Nots

I wrote a blog on “Mommy Do’s” some blogs ago about some things that have been working well for us as parents. Accessories and gear that we’ve enjoyed and general philosophies that we’ve implemented and found to be successful.

Writing that blog put me in a reflective mindset. I couldn’t help but recall moments and things that we’ve observed and ways we’ve behaved that were…not so helpful. Continue reading “Mommy Do Nots”

A Little Fox & His Father

One afternoon on a cloudy overcast day, Joel took Olson outside and did some yard work. Olson got a pair of Carhartt overalls from a friend of mine and we’ve made him wear them as much as we can. They’re so dern cute! It was a little chilly but he always gets hot in these overalls so I just put his little fox hat on him. Hehe! Continue reading “A Little Fox & His Father”

I’m a wife coach (by Joel)

Everyone needs a coach. Even the most elite athletes competing in the Olympics all have coaches, but why?

There are just some things we can’t see ourselves. Continue reading “I’m a wife coach (by Joel)”

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