Full Name: Kara Herron
Kids: I have four boys. Grant is 21 and going to University of Utah, studying Architecture and Business (he just returned from serving an LDS mission in Fukuoka, Japan), Michael is 19, and just finished 2 semesters at Utah State University, in pre-med (He is now working full time and saving for a mission). Alex is 15, and just starting high school as a sophmore. (he loves football, plays the trombone in Jazz Band, and is an incredible artist). Matthew is my youngest. He is 12, and just starting Junior High. (He listens to Beatles’ music, loves to read, and is just a cool kid!)
Location: We live in Utah, but my kids were almost all born back East, so that’s where their hearts live.
One Word that Describes You: Strong
What makes you smile? Spending time with my family. I love listening to all of the boys in my house joke around. Each one is so funny, but together, they are hilarious! I also smile a lot when I’m around my chocolate lab, Cocoa. She cracks me up!
What is one of your dreams you hope to accomplish soon? To be able to make money from home. I desperately want to feel ok about not working outside of my home, so if I could find a way to use my time and talents to work from home, that would be great! And, soon!
What gives you anxiety as a mother? Oh, well, now that I have older boys, my biggest anxiety is that they’ll make the wrong choices. It’s hard as a mother, to stand back and watch your children make their own choices – and hope that you’ve taught them all that they need to know. Teenagers come to many, many crossroads – and there is always a BEST way to go. There’s always someone who wants them to go the wrong way. I just hope and pray they’ll take the best way.
How do you deal with it? I’m very open with my children. If they’ve done something wrong, they always come to me before they go anywhere else. I love that I have such a good relationship with them. So, if I think they need guidance, I don’t hesitate to tell them. They are just fine with that too. I think moms need to make sure their children know that they can always go to mom and dad with any problem.
What is your guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate and reading. I LOVE to read. This last year, I’ve been battling breast cancer – there have been many, many surgeries and lots of chemo – so I’ve had lots of time to read. I’ve probably read, oh, 50 novels. Yeah. I’m a book addict.
What do you love most about you? That I’m strong enough to get through any trial without completely losing my mind. And that I like to stay busy – I’m happier when I’ve got a whole list of things I should get done.
Favorite Food? Italian food! Any restaurant that serves good, Italian food is where I want to be. My ideal place – In Italy, wearing designer clothes (and looking good in them), eating Italian food, and listening to an Italian tenor sing romantic love songs. *sigh* (I’ve never done that, but I’d love to!)
Who is your hero? Well, I have lots of heroes. But, if I had to pick just one, it would probably be… my husband. He works so hard, but always has time to spend with the family when he gets home. He has been a solid support to me over this last year and has taken good care of me. He’s a great dad, and a very funny person. I love spending time with him. Hero is a good description for him.
Your advice to other moms: Spend time with your kids! Nothing is more important. Make every minute with them count. And love them unconditionally – no matter what
I asked Kara to share three of her best reads this past year and here they are: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares (who wrote the Traveling Pants series).