Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ecclesiastes 11:1  "Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days ".
Well, here goes my bread! Of course to some the notion of floating bread might not be so appetizing but I thought this scripture best described my journey to the world of "blog".  I've been encouraged by many to take the "plunge" and most recently had a new friend enter my life that helped me sort of "pull" it all together (thanks Eve!).
As a first stab at my micro-dot in this new universe I'll list my purpose and hopefully, as it grows  my post will be useful or encouraging to anyone that finds themselves visiting.
To begin with I'll explain why I chose the name "out of the box". I'm sure for some this name will make perfect sense as I accepted long ago that it's really OK to march to the beat of a different drum......that we are all quite different and should enjoy being individuals created in the image of the Almighty yet uniquely designed to glorify Him. The catechism goes on to state that we should also enjoy Him forever! I take this literally.
Personally I enjoy pretty much anything outdoors. I see His creation, even in a horribly broken world and feel His presence. I enjoy getting my hands dirty in the garden, having an aching right arm from casting my fly rod, the feeling of wet sand (and mud!) beneath my feet, the smell of the air before and after a rain and I even love rain! I love to have a project in work and plan things. I love pine trees, chocolate and wine but will only drink it the respectable way- in stemware! Some would say I'm an over-planner, but that's what makes me me and them them! I love to travel. I especially love to cruise. I have a love/hate relationship with 90 degree angles. I live in a round house. Now here's where it probably gets weird for some- but coming from the Gulf Coast and growing up in hurricane country I'll still say it- I am energized like nobodies business when there's a storm in the Gulf! Not gleeful but more like a squirrel driven to prepare for a long cold winter.
Now that we no longer live near the Gulf I sort of miss that feeling but I'll cope. We do get our share of winter weather here so I'm trying to "transition" over and draw on that energy- it's not quite the same but I try to harness a little!
I suppose growing up in a storm-prone area could explain why I'm such a planner. Why I do feel the need to gather nuts and store them away "just in case" but better to have and not need than need and not have! Right? I love the sustainable lifestyle and long to be more independent. Most of all I love my family and friends.The goal of my blog is to tell my story as it unfolds and share with others lessons learned and mistakes made all on this journey while I enjoy my life "OUT OF THE BOX".


  1. Welcome to the blog! Loved it and looking forward to reading more.

  2. RIGHT!! I'm so excited about this adventure and glad to be part of the push to move you along Bev! What a great bit of knowledge you will have to share, and now that I know you a bit, wit and whimsy too! I'm looking forward to each post and hope to be a little part of the adventure! Congrats and enjoy!!

  3. Isn't blogging fun?! I've enjoyed reading this and learning more about you and am excited to read your story as it unfolds. . .