Kara writes about seeing beauty, remembering your identity, and finding God, right where you are. Kara writes with reverence about all things home life and small-scale farming. She aims to see life as holy and for her, motherhood has been like a camera lens coming into focus. You'll find her writing about motherhood, faith, friendship, teaching, marriage, depression, anxiety, juggling it all, and all things home life.
Kara's first solo book, Everywhere Holy, was released on December 3, 2019 with Thomas Nelson, a division of Harper Collins.
Kara's work has been regularly featured on The Huffington Post, The Today Show, Parenting.com. Scary Mommy, and Mamalode. Her work has also been published on Club Mid, Mamapedia, Your Tango, Pathoes, and other sites. In addition, much of her work has been featured on the Today Show’s social media sites and Kara has close to three million readers on her Today Show webpage. In 2015, her essay, “To the Mom at the Water Park,” was the third most viewed article on Today Parents for the year. Kara’s work has also been seen in other ways, as she was the Contributing Editor at Cargo Literary, a travel magazine, and was on the advisory board for the film, Zero Weeks—a film discussing the lack of paid parental leave in the United States.
Kara is married to Mike, whom she's known since childhood, and together, they are the parents of Matt and Maggie. Together with her family, she does small scale farming on the family homestead, Peach Hill, a southern-style farmhouse located in the Allegheny mountains of Pennsylvania. There are many animals on Cardinal Hill, but Kara's favorites are Frances and Finnegan, goldendoodles, Mary and Lily, calico cats, Henry the rooster, Marigold and Henrietta, two of the 18 hens, and Jemima, one of many ducks. Along with Kara's dad, the family has bees and makes Mountain View Pure Wildflower Honey. Much of her work draws on the animals and natural world found just right outside her door.
Kara truly believes that observation is a form of prayer. She says “thank you," over and over again, all day long. This has helped her realize how beautiful her life really is, despite its relative disappointments and hardships and her battles with anxiety. Her writing is honest and authentic, and while she acknowledges, openly, that life isn’t always easy, she truly believes that nothing worth doing usually is easy. Join Kara and her Facebook community of over 54,000 strong here.