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.

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

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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I had not known death could be so much like birth.
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In recent days, the Black Barn has witnessed a laboring and a longing that reminded me repeatedly, in strange and unexpected ways, of childbirth.
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Jonathan’s father, who came to live with us in September, passed from death to life on Friday, after a brief time of at-home hospice care.
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Today, is the first Sunday of Advent. New beginnings and dark days. Here on our calendars once again is the paradox of a birth that would transform death for all of us.
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“ All this was a long time ago, I remember, / And I would do it again, but set down / This set down / This: were we led all that way for / Birth or Death?” - T.S. Eliot, “ Journey of the Magi”
This week has had its highs and lows. The highs were made of fire and gold.
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#autumnatmaplehurst #pausenoticetreasure
Beauty feeds us, beauty heals us, beauty connects us to one another and to our Maker. Noticing beauty and cultivating beauty aren’t optional. We are here to make beautiful art, build beautiful relationships, tend beautiful places, sing beautiful songs, seek beautiful truth. Yes, it’s often imperfect and incomplete. Yes, it sometimes goes up in flames. But what happens next? Given enough time and enough love, beauty rises from the ashes.
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#autumnatmaplehurst #truthgoodnessbeauty #noticepausetreasure
True in the garden. True in life. Losing our lives is the only way to come alive. And it is so good to be alive.
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Also, it can be hard. @lisajobaker and I talk about some of the hardness on today’s new episode of The Out of the Ordinary podcast.
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Some days, we pick flowers. Some days, we bury bulbs. I’m burying bulbs in every sense right now. The trees aren’t even fully bare, and I’m thinking about spring.
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Today is for a few more bulbs in the ground.
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What are you “planting” these days? And how?
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#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
“I prefer winter and fall, when you can feel the bone structure in the landscape---the loneliness of it---the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it---the whole story dosen't show.” - Andrew Wyeth
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Winter is on its way. I heard it this morning in the hard frost under my feet, glimpsed it in the fog of my breath. The natural world is paring itself back. Emptying itself. I love the simplicity of this season. I think the spareness is beautiful. But I could not love it if I had no hope in the fullness of summer.
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#autumnatmaplehurst #savourtheseasonalshift
Today is a jewel of a day in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 🍁🍃🍁
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#autumnatmaplehurst #seasonspoetry #savourtheseasonalshift

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