|Kara with Her New Baby Brother|
I was born and raised in Farmington, NM. For nine years I was an only-child, and when my little brother arrived, I was elated. I had prayed for a sibling for as long as I could remember. Whenever we would begin to quarrel, my parents would jokingly remind me, "Kara, you prayed for him!" I have great parents who are always very involved in my life. My mom spent countless hours on the PTA and made special treats and Christmas ornaments for my class. My dad was often the coach of the sports teams I was involved with in my youth. I hope to offer my children that same dedication I received from my parents.
|Christmas at Great Grandma's|
I grew up with a close-knit extended family, and Holidays and birthdays were often celebrated together at large family dinners surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. One of my favorite Christmas traditions was going to my great grandmother's house a few days before Christmas. At this special event, we read the Christmas story from the scriptures as the young children performed the nativity scene. Later, we would hear bells jingling at great grandma's front door, and that meant a very exciting guest had finally arrived. Santa, in full costume, would pass out Christmas gifts as each child came to sit on his lap. It was everything you could dream of as a kid. Even though my personal family unit was small--just me and my younger brother--I always felt like I came from a big family.
|Kara with Her Teammate|
As a child, I was reserved and often shy at times, but very social once you got to know me. Not much has changed today! I am still a little on the shy-side when meeting new people, but I am certainly an open-book once I get comfortable. If you ask my parents, I am sure they would attest to my stubbornness as well. I can remember sitting at the dinner table for a very long time, on occasion, because I refused to eat my dinner. Nothing they could say or do could coax me into something if I didn't want to do it. I appreciate a good sense of humor and love to laugh. I believe in being silly and having fun, but not at the expense of others.
I was very involved in sports as a youth. I played soccer in my younger years, and participated in track, basketball and volleyball in junior high. By high school, I simplified to just volleyball and played for my school team and a local Junior Olympics team. I also enjoyed choir in both junior high and high school, and even had the opportunity to travel to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall. I was afforded so many experiences and opportunities in my youth and I desire the same for my own children someday.
|Our Wedding Day|
After high school graduation, I chose to attend college at Utah Valley State College due to their excellent nursing program. While living in the Provo/Orem area, I met Dave, who was attending BYU. And as they say... the rest is history! I knew he was "the one" way before he figured it out. We were married at the end of my second semester of college, just 2 weeks after my 19th birthday! Yes, I was young!!!
Shortly after we were married, I attended a National Home Building Conference with him. While he attended the construction seminars, I went to a seminar on interior design. I left the conference knowing that I wanted to change my major. As you might imagine, it was a complete change--there is little in common between nursing and interior design--but I truly couldn't imagine doing anything else now. Since my college didn't offer an interior design program, I transferred to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. As a senior, I took second place in a national competition for my bathroom design which was later published in a magazine. I had truly found my passion.
|Trying Out My New Machine|
I now own my own business and work out of my home. I especially love historical projects and kitchen and bath design. I also have a great love for photography and graphic design, which I dabble with in my spare time. I love to cook and try new foods. It is not uncommon for me to make one or two new recipes each week. Dave surprised me with a brand new sewing machine a few years ago and I am attempting to learn how to use it! I love learning how to re-finish furniture and I have recently tackled a few vintage furniture rehab projects for my home. I can't wait to be a stay at home mom and I am so grateful that my husband shares in this desire for me and works hard to make it possible for me to do so.
Motherhood is something that I have always dreamed about. When I was twelve years old, I learned that it might be very difficult for me to conceive naturally. How grateful I am for the wonderful blessing of adoption! I have prayed fervently for this opportunity. As the saying goes, "the longer you have to wait for something, the more you'll appreciate it when you get it." Anything worth having is definitely worth the wait. I will never take for granted the opportunity to be a mother because it is something that has not come easy. I have hoped, waited, and prayed for years to grow our family by whatever means the Lord saw fit. Adoption truly is an answer to my deepest and most sincere prayers.
What Dave says about Kara:
We have the best behaved dogs I personally have ever encountered. I have yet to find a home with better cooking than what we enjoy. I keep photographs of restored furniture and design projects in my cell phone that I boastfully show to friends and associates. All three of these examples are products of my wife’s accomplishments. One of Kara’s greatest strengths is her determination for greatness; not to be seen by others for recognition, but simply for personal growth and satisfaction. When Kara assumes a task it is always performed to her maximum capability.
Kara recognizes that one of the greatest gifts from God to woman is motherhood, and she has prepared herself mentally and emotionally for years to assume that task when the time comes. For as long as I have known Kara, her greatest passion is to be a mother and there is no doubt in my mind that, similar to the three examples mentioned above, I will have in my home the best mother to raise my children. I am proud of her for the spiritual strength she exemplifies; for the nurturing nature instilled within her; and most of all for her desire to be a mother. From my perspective my Kara is perfect.