This is the story about taking apart a vegetable garden to make place for a parking lot.

Does that sound crazy? It looked crazy. It felt crazy. But this is the story about being brave enough to break down what you thought you wanted in order to make room for what you believe you need.

This is about being willing to pull up old dreams in order to make space for new ones. Because growth takes room and always before it looks better it looks much, much worse.

No matter what stage you are en route to new dreams, we hope you’ll stop today and join us as we watch Christie’s biggest dream be brought down all the way to the ground, white picket fence posts uprooted and nails removed one by one.

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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.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy


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


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.


#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

Daffodil chorus this Easter morning 💛
Perhaps you feel a bit torn this week, as I do, between the glorious and the mundane, between Holy Week church services and the grocery list we are drawing up for Easter lunch. On the one hand, we stand on a precipice in the year, and a drama of grief and glory will soon unfold. In many of our churches, we will be invited to participate in moments that are at once finished and past but also ever-present: “Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out” (John 12:31). 

On the other hand, some of us must also remember to buy chocolate eggs for the children’s baskets and the ingredients for authentic southern banana pudding. In my house at least, it’s a family tradition for Easter and only homemade will do. 

If Holy Week seems to have its head in the clouds while we must keep our feet firmly on ordinary ground, consider this: on the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus does not explain his death with a sermon or a parable. Instead, he offers his followers a meal.
#maundythursday #sacredtriduum #springcomestomaplehurst
Am I the only one who just about stops believing in spring every winter? Oh ye of little faith, indeed. 😍
#springcomestomaplehurst #seedtimeandharvest
This magnolia is a heartbreaker. Cold may be coming, but the Queen of my garden looks stunning today. 🌸
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