“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!