This is the story about strawberry jam and Wednesday night parenting.

Because this is the story about how our podcast got it’s name. Buried deep in the thick of the most ordinary things we could think of was the surprising discovery that everything we valued most might easily be described as ordinary, if not even boring on some days.

It was an unexpected person who pointed out to us the obvious name for our show that we’d totally missed. Which in turn inspired us to start looking at these small, seemingly ordinary traditions as landmarks in a family.

Because we believe that ordinary life is inherently more than enough to make a difference at the cellular level of our lives. In a culture that worships bigger, faster, more, here is the story of how we aim to push back and dig deep into the spiritual truths that the Kingdom of God has always been best reflected in a grain of wheat, a mustard seed, a widow’s mite, a small jar of oil, five loaves and two fishes.

We want to offer our listeners permission to find value in their everyday lives again.

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

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Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

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Who else thinks January is just the right time to celebrate the spectacular, life-giving beauty of flowers? 🌺
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Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
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Are you a snow lover? ❄️
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Still keeping Christmas, but quietly. We’ll finish the season on Wednesday, Twelfth Night, with a good dinner, a special dessert, one last exchange of gifts. I’m a writer after all: I know all good stories need a good The End.
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Top nine of 2021.
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This was A YEAR, wasn’t it? In some ways, my life changed so much. In other ways, change remained disappointingly out of reach. I imagine I’m not the only one who could say the same.
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But this year was also beautiful. I have the photos to prove it. ☺️
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On the third day of Christmas … snow.
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Let us keep the Christmas feast, friends, for always we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (no matter what the forecast says or doesn’t say).
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I’m eager for a week of wrapping, baking, and even shopping. It’s the one time of year when I actually like cleaning my refrigerator then heading to the grocery store. ☺️
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Who else loves the preparation almost as much as the celebration?
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Winter rainbows to cheer those in need of cheering.✨
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Bilbo said, “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” 
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Me too, Bilbo. It’s time to sit with a cup of tea in this puddle of sunshine.
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