About Me

“I’m nobody!  Who are you?  Are you nobody, too?”

Of course, I know I’m not a nobody ~ and neither are you, by the way ~ but I just couldn’t help myself.  I love this poem by Emily Dickenson.  I have memories of reading her poems as a little girl with my mother as she tucked me into bed at night.  This is the one I remember best.  And this is the one that comes to mind as I sit here and wonder what to write in way of introduction.  How does one introduce herself to an unknown audience?

Well, I am a somebody.  My name is Kimberly.  Kimberly Rockness Wood, to be exact.  I have the feeling that there are quite a few Kimberly Woods out there, but I’m quite certain that I am the only Kimberly Rockness Wood.  I’d hate to be a nobody and be lost in the crowd of Kimberly Woods, so I must clarify.  I am married to my best friend, Randy.  Randy is a self-employed licensed mental health counselor.  Together we have three children ~ a girl and two boys (ages 16, 13, and 10).

A “retired” high school English teacher, I had the joy and privilege of staying home with my children full-time until my youngest entered first grade.  For the first two years of “life with school-aged children,” I worked part-time as an adjunct instructor at a local community college.  The next two years, I had a wonderful opportunity to be part-time Director of Children’s Ministries at our church.  I now work part-time from home – I’m the Communications Coordinator for the Lilias Trotter Legacy via Oxvision (see here for the Lilias Trotter Legacy website).  For this job, I help keep alive the life and legacy of missionary/artist Lilias Trotter:  I manage the website, post regularly on our Facebook page, send out regular newsletters, and do other “behind the scenes” things (answer emails, help coordinate showings and events related Lilias Trotter, etc.).  If you’ve not heard of Lilias, you must check out our website and watch the amazing film of her life:  Many Beautiful Things .  I also have the privilege of currently teaching a writing class to a group of homeschooled middle school girls.

This is a place where I want to “keep these things.”  The ponderings of my heart.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, amidst the events that surrounded his birth took note in her heart of all that was happening.  As the King James version says in Luke 2:19 “Mary kept these things and pondered them in her heart.”

Life is full of so many happenings.  Happenings surrounding my children and family life.  Personal growth and “aha” moments that I have.  Lessons learned ~ through both experience and observation.  Lessons about life, and God, and how God is in the everyday.  My head is constantly swimming with thoughts and ideas and insights.  I want to capture them.  I want to keep them.  Keep them for me, for my children, for anyone else who cares to read them.

I’m honored that you have stopped by my blog.  Maybe I’ll get to meet you, too.  Maybe you’re already my friend.  If you happen to respond to anything I write, I’d love to return the favor and come visit you, too!

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14 Responses to About Me

  1. Ulla Laage says:

    Dear Kimberly,
    With the gift of writing that you have already shown here I can’t wait to follow your adventures in life !!!
    Thank you so much for sharing !!!
    Much love,
    Ulla

    • Thanks, Ulla. So glad you stopped by! I’m going to try to figure out a way to have posts automatically sent to facebook. I think it’s possible, I’ve just got to figure out how! That’s funny, by the way, that you really weren’t at Bok Tower. If you were, I was going to let my parents know. I’m sure they would have loved to see you! Do you ever go to Lake Wales anymore?
      Love,
      Kim

  2. dan ritchie says:

    I still say Rockness is about the coolest name ever, you need to find a way to put that in your blog title. Glad to see you are blogging!

    • I’m still mourning the loss of my last name… 🙂 Rockness is a hard last name to beat, if I don’t say so myself. I didn’t realize that you had your own webpage ~ pretty neat! You seem so official!

  3. Elizabeth Weaver Gregg says:

    Kim, I’m encouraged. Thanks for sharing your window seal. I am so excited to wake up tomorrow and be a mom. I can’t say i’ve ever been happy about doing laundry but tonight that changed when I read your blog. thank you
    Elizabeth

  4. Elizabeth Weaver Gregg says:

    I think I managed to spell a word or two!!

  5. Carrie Barton says:

    hi kim! your blog is quite impressive and enjoyable. nice work! i wasn’t sure how to reach you by email but remembered you had a blog. glad to have found you! talk to you again i hope and hear how your spring and summer have been.

  6. Sandy Weil says:

    Hello Kimber,
    You don’t know me, but I attended First Pres in Lake Wales for about 12 years when your Dad was senior pastor there. I also attended Sunday School and know your Mom, Miriam. I’ve seen you and your kids at church several times, at Ekklesia and on Sunday. I’m more than old enough to be your Mom, but I just LOVE your blog about the kids and Randy, about family life and struggles. You’re a VERY good writer — just like your Mom. Even though I never had kids and am so much older than you, I find myself coming back here every day to read more. Your words are heartwarming and so genuine.
    Good bless you, and keep writing,
    Sandy

  7. Sandy ~ Not sure if you’ll read this, but thank you for your encouraging words about my writing. And thanks for reading my blog! Knowing that my words and thoughts touch someone makes it worth writing! By the way…are you related to Kisha? Blessings to you! ~ Kim

  8. lynndmorrissey says:

    Kimberly,
    I am one of the fortunate readers of several of your mother’s books, and she is an excellent author. You write so well, too, and are following in her noteworthy footsteps! I noticed your comment at her recent blogpost, where I, too, left a comment. I’m an author, as well, and your mother’s book on home was very helpful to me as I made the transition to leave a full-time career and raise our daughter. This transition also allowed me to pursue my dream of writing. I”m glad that you are encouraging others to read your mother’s works, which are exceptional. Her books on Lilias Trotter actually motiviated me to travel in her footsteps to see Trotter’s diaries firsthand, as I traveled to England recently. What a thrill!
    So lovely to make your acquaintance, and I will tell my daughter that she needs to read her own mother’s books, just like Kimberly Wood has her mother’s! Sheridan is like Reeve Lindbergh who did not read her mother’s books till much later in life! =]
    Blessings on your writing for Him, Kimberly (lovely name!–I almost named Sheridan, Kimberlyn–a version of your name)

    • Hi Lynn – I’ve been meaning to reply to this post ever since you posted it! Thank you so much for your kind words and for checking out my blog! I have to admit, I didn’t really read my mom’s writing until I was a mom myself (Before that, I would only read the parts about me in her early books and skim right over the real meat of the chapters!). I’m at an interesting phase of life right now -just returned to part-time work after staying home with my kids full time for the past 12 years! I teach – just a few classes a week – at a nearby community college. I’m only there three days a week, and while my kids are in school, but it has almost taken over my life for the time being! Thus, I’m not writing as much as I would like. I’m hoping to start back up again very soon! Writing is my heart-beat (it must run in our blood!), so it’s been really hard for me to put it on hold for the moment. I’m going to head over to your blog right now!

  9. teutonic13 says:

    You never told me you were a writer 🙂 I am impressed!

    • Well, as you can see…I haven’t written anything (at least, not on my blog!) for a long time! It’s been a busy year teaching. Plus, I’m taking a writing course and actually writing a book through that course. A non-fiction book for children. I almost said something when you mentioned that you liked to write
      … 🙂

      • teutonic13 says:

        You don’t need a class Kim. You are talented and motivated enough. I get the sense that writing is your own personal emancipation.

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