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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🍐Here’s what’s happening 👉🏼September at Maplehurst is always extra full and extra heavy and extra sweet, but this one is shaping up to be … well, extra. All four of my kids will head back to school in person for the first time in ages. My firstborn will turn 18. My baby will turn nine, which might not seem like such a significant birthday, but it’s the age her sister was when we first moved to this old house. And I’m feeling, remembering, anticipating. 🍐 (and picking fruit—I’ve never been a very diligent orchard keeper, but our peach, apple, and pear trees are heavy with fruit; a sign of the season I’m embracing with grateful heart and sticky fingers.)
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Also, beginning in September I will be sharing this next book with you in earnest. I’ll read to you, I’ll share an amazing filmed book trailer with you, and so much more (maybe you want to pre-order from your favorite retailer while it’s on your mind?)
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But first? August. And rest. This month is for a family vacation, some writing projects, and, yes, baking with all that fruit. You won’t see me in this space much for a bit, as I focus on these late-summer gifts. But I’ll be back soon! 😘
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PS Thank you for continuing to help me spread the word about this book! She’s a beauty, and I know you will love her. 🪴
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#wearegardenmakers
When I was young, I was so concerned that my life would matter; I wanted to make a difference, change the world, leave my mark.
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Now I know you can do those things simply with seeds, soil, vision. And maybe a good garden hose.
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#wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #weareplacemakers
Sunday morning still life.
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I had eggs for breakfast. My hands are stained with pollen. This vignette looked so beautiful. Because I have a camera, and Instagram, I can share it with you.
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I am grateful, content.
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#fromdaffodilstodahlias
I’m not sure I’ve ever worked so hard to keep the tears back as I did when recording today’s new episode of Out of the Ordinary Books. You don’t have to be a mother to feel gutted by any story of a child’s pain.
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But at the end of this story is an invitation. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” AND WE CAN HELP THAT HAPPEN.
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👉🏼compassion.com/SummerCampLJC
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#outoftheordinarybooks #compassionlive
I’ve been a bit sick with allergies/asthma but summer cosmos are good medicine. I find I cut more flowers in July and August because it’s hot and sticky and the garden as a whole feels a bit overwhelming. Playing with flowers indoors helps me focus on the gifts of the garden rather than the griefs (there are always griefs).
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There’s quite a bit about cosmos in my book. Hopefully that means a few more of you will be picking cosmos with me next summer! 🌸
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#wearegardenmakers #onebouquetperday #fromdaffodilstodahlias
I don’t typically share on my personal IG feed about each month’s new issue of Paper&String, the digital care package I help make with a whole community of artists, writers, pastors, cooks and bakers, and … well, I could keep going. It’s a wonderfully creative group. But this month’s issue?? I pretty much read the whole thing with my jaw dropped and open. The theme for this July issue is enchantment, and WOW. It worked. I am freshly filled with joy and wonder and light. ✨ Friends, If you don’t yet subscribe, this one is too good to miss.
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There’s a link in my profile where you can learn more or subscribe. It’s only $5.99! Are you already a subscriber? If so, I’d love to hear your favorite thing from this month’s care package. Or maybe you are only getting started? This is definitely one to savor.
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Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
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@kimberlyacoyle your feature essay??? Had me like this 😭😍😭
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#paperandstringcarepackage #blackbarncollective #maplehurstblackbarn
I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
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Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
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Too much pollen dropped on all the furniture. Too much sun on our cheeks, too many fire flies late at night. Two many watermelon drips. Too much time together.
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And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
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#amaplehurstsummer #fromdaffodilstodahlias #homeisaplaceofwonder #onebouquetperday
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