Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What Makes Me Smile...

...going to the movies with friends (then Sweet Frog)

...playing soccer with people I don't know (and just about anyone else)

...realizing I somehow made someone's day

...laughing after a long day

...writing - a lot

...singing worship songs

...listening to a baby laugh

...reading a good book in a quiet place

...finally getting a math problem right

...being encouraged

...talking with friends dogs and s'mores around a fire at Youth Group


...helping make Thanksgiving dinner and other big meals

...putting smiley faces in an e-mail :)

...thinking up stories about real people and made up ones

...seeing someone do something amazing and being told I can do it too

...getting ready for a ball

...dancing and singing (alone with no one watching)

...really good chocolate

...planning for trips

...airports (I know, how weird is that, right?)

...finishing something I've been working on

...cookouts and picnics with friends

...other people smiling


Friday, June 20, 2014

The Past Few Days

Pictures! Here's a brief overview in pictures of what I've been up to the last day or two...


Petting Horses

Watching Competitions

Math - All Summer! Yay! :)

Writing (remember that novel I mentioned...)

Being a Dog - not really. This is Copper.

And this is River.

And that's about it. Except... we also went to the library and this cool new clothing store and played soccer and lots of other awesome stuff. So, yeah. Not quite everything... Alas! Maybe next time!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Guess What!

I have something very exciting to say.

My mom is taking my sister, Sara, and me to Germany with our Grandma. There it is. I still cannot believe it. Furthermore, we will be going on a seven-day river cruise over Thanksgiving in Germany. Despite the fact that we will not be in America, they will be serving Thanksgiving dinner on the ship. We know the whole menu, because it was in the brochure they sent our Grandma. It looks really delicious.

And guess what else. My birthday is on Thanksgiving! I will turn 14 on a ship and in a city in Germany!

We will visit six cities for a day each except for Nuremberg. We get to see that for three days because we are extending our trip to include two nights in a hotel at the end of the cruise.

I am sooooo excited!!!!!

Not everything is certain yet, but one thing I am sure of is that it will be next to impossible to wait five months for this trip. I don't know how I'll make it. I guess we'll see.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wiffle Ball, Towels, and T-shirts

Last night was extremely fun. We went to house group at our friend's house and arrived only to find that there would be a cook out. Sweet, right? I don't think I can describe how much fun it was, so I'm just going to use a bunch of pictures and captions to hopefully give you the main idea.
A sweet little girl with her Daddy, who's pitching for wiffle ball. 

My little brother, Brad, getting ready to hit a homer.

Ready to Go
Figuring out which way to run
Just Running Around
Adults' turn to bat!
Sara, my sister, demonstrating where first base is.
The Whole Group


Lots of Virginia Tech Get-up!

The Baby

Beach Towel

Not cold anymore
Beautiful Family

It was a great night - one of the best!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Despite All This

Some of My Writing

 Let's get something straight. I love to write. As in, I really love to write. As in, I have started what I hope to turn into a novel someday. And I spent hours working on it yesterday (why I had hours to myself yesterday is another story and more explanation than I want to get into right now).

Anyway, I've been thinking lately about why I write. And I think my little reasons vary from day to day: because I'm excited to write, because I want to get published (not a good one), because I have a lot of thoughts to get down. Little stuff like that.

But what's my main reason for writing? Why did I ever start writing, and why did I keep going? I've always fancied myself an eloquent writer. I was writing "novels" in first grade (read: ten pages stapled together with a sentence or two and a hand-drawn picture on each page). So why did I do that? I think it was because I wanted to get published (again, not a good reason), but that was almost seven years ago so I don't really remember.

Then the stories got longer. I think that was when I wanted to impress people with my "amazing" writing skills and I realized that I couldn't draw to save my life.

But what about now? I don't really know. Looking back, it's easier to see what my different attitudes were toward different things (like I was really prideful - it was pretty bad) but while I'm still living this section of my life, it's difficult to realize what I'm doing wrong. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to try.

I'm going to ask God to help me to see my faults and I'm going to ask Him to help me to overcome them because I cannot do it by myself. I don't want to be blind to what I'm doing wrong, but it is so easy to be blind when it's my sin that I'm dealing with.

I know I'm fallen. I know I can't fix that. But I also know that God still loves me, despite all this. He created me in His image and He's going to love me forever.



This is me.

My name is Kira and I am 13 years old. I have started this blog because up until now I have been using the blog that my dad started, like, 5 years ago and I wanted my own. So now I have one!

Let me tell you a little bit about myself...

I love soccer, reading, writing, Youth Group, Sunday School (we have the best teacher), riding in airplanes (not red-eye though), traveling, hanging out with my friends, mime, reading other people's inspiring blogs, cooking, and much much more. All of which you will probably learn about if you continue to read the different things I write about.

Also, I was going to call this blog all for Him but the web address was already taken, so it is now how He loves us. (web address: because "love" spelled correctly was taken too) I was going to call it all for Him because I've been thinking a lot lately about what God wants me to do with my life - both long-term and right now - and how I can glorify Him and do it "all for Him" no matter what it is I'm doing.

So that's a little bit of info about me. I'll be writing this blog hopefully often and I'll try not to ramble so much like I did this time (sorry about that :).

I hope you enjoy it - I'll try not to be boring.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!