Hey, y’all, I’m Caitlyn Maas. I’m an Orthodox Christian, life-long 901’er, mom to William, Wife to Brandon, and author of Geraldine + Virginia. I’m a devotee of black coffee, addicted to stripes, unpaid professional binge watcher, and possess a unique ability to start but NEVER finish a crochet project. I’m an ESFJ who lives to entertain and doesn’t know how else to show love other than with a casserole and some chocolate chip cookies.
Pretty sure that covers about everything. BUT, in case you’re still interested, here’s my story:
I was born in Crockett County, TN (which, fun fact, happened to still be a part of the 901 back in the day) and grew up in a 150-year-old log cabin on my grandparents’ farm. When I was 12 my parents moved us to the Memphis area. I went to the University of Memphis and majored in Public Relations (and 4 other things along the way). While I was in college I developed a deep love for two things:
For starters, In 2006 I fell in love with a boy. I fell in love with a guy I met on a church bus on a youth trip back in 2002, Brandon Maas. Yes, it took us four years to start dating. I like to be sure about things. We got married in 2010 and had our son in 2012. But I’ll come back to that.
Secondly, I fell deeply in love with our beloved Memphis. Growing up, I hadn’t had much chance to explore all the things the city had to offer until I was commuting into the city for school every day. I still had plans of dropping anchor in a “much cooler city” some day. I had dismissed The Bluff City as a place that would be fine as a “hometown” but not as my “forever town”. I liked a lot about the city, but had plans to move on when I put down my roots.
I started to experience a shift and appreciate what this amazing city had to offer. I started to fall in love with the uniquely Memphis vibe we have here in 901. I started to say “but Memphis really IS cool”. I got downright evangelical about it to my friends with one foot out the door. I stopped saying Memphis is great “if you look past the xyz” and realized that Memphis is amazing. All on its own, not in contrast to “cooler cities” or in spite of anything. Memphis was the city I would have cooked up if I had to create the perfect cocktail of a city.
Brandon and I got married in 2010 and made our home in Midtown. In January of 2012 our son, William, was born and Brandon drove us home to Midtown from Germantown Methodist via Summer Avenue. Anyone else with a deep love of the melting-pot that is Summer Avenue between I-40 and East Parkway can appreciate the significance of this route.
In 2014 we were given an opportunity to live in my parents’ old house. My parents moved to their dream farm and we moved into their old home (in Arlington) for the time being while my husband in school. Not to worry, we’re still in the 901, and will be back to our beloved Midtown again someday soon!
I’m a work-at-home mom and run an in-home daycare. I also work with new moms as a lactation educator counselor in the evenings. And, sometimes, I find time to write about all my favorite things over on my blog.
I started my blog, Geraldine + Virginia, because I wanted to write about all of my obsessions. The blog is dedicated to my two late grandmothers who couldn’t have been more different, but inspire me daily in homemaking and motherhood. As a former private chef you’ll find plenty of recipes. As a DIY’er you’ll find plenty of projects. As a mom you’ll see tons about my son and my experience of motherhood. There are plenty of reviews of Memphis events and businesses. You might even find some of my own take on fashion blogging as I integrate my grandmothers’ vintage beauties into my wardrobe.
I’m so tickled to join the team at MMB. I’m excited to connect with other moms who are connected through our shared city, as we approach motherhood together with heart, grit, and grind.