I'm Kira. Mom of four kids, ages 12 to 19, and a follower of Jesus. (The photo below also includes my dad, who is with us nearly daily during the week, filling in for me when I'm at work. He's a huge reason why my kids can play soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball.)
I grew up in the country between Metamora and Germantown Hills. I graduated from Metamora High School followed by Illinois Central College and then Illinois State University in Elementary Education, nannied for a set of newborn quadruplets for about 18 months, worked for ICC and independently as a website designer in the early days of the Internet, and then did what I'd always dreamed of... stayed at home to raise my kids. My first son was born six weeks early at just 4 pounds, 9 ounces. During my pregnany, I developed Toxemia, also known as pre-eclampsia, which escalated to H.E.L.P. Syndrome during delivery. I slept the first two days of my son's life, recovering from the effects of it while he lay in the NICU. Then, the "guilty" new momma, I spent less than 24 hours apart from him the remainder of his first year. Five years later, he was followed by our twin girls, and then our youngest son.
I opened a professional photography studio in Peoria Heights in 2010 under my previous name, Kira Kwon. I was a business underwriter for WCIC, the radio station I'd listened to since my sophomore year of high school. I really longed to use my skills in photography and graphic design for full-time ministry. Then in 2014, Dave Brooks invited me to join the WCIC staff. Being part of WCIC has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. It is the most family-supportive environment I can imagine, making it possible for me to balance being a mom of four and working full-time.
Today, I serve WCIC with photography, graphic design, and crafting weekly emails. I've had the opportunity to lead a renovation of our website, which has been a complete delight, combining my interests in design, planning, communication, and digital marketing.
I've been through some really challenging life circumstances in the past decade, including divorce. I've learned a lot of difficult lessons, but I've also witnessed how much God loves me and fights for me... that I need only be still. I have a huge heart for orphans, refugees, and women who've suffered abuse through trafficking or other painful life circumstances. I love to read - usually about five books at a time - and meet a friend for lunch or coffee. And I still listen to just one radio station for the most part... WCIC.
So many over time, but right now I love the new Lauren Daigle song, "You Say."
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me