These are the stories of a sick child and the birth of a book.

“How do you do it all?” we’re often asked. The short answer? We don’t. The longer answer? Well, those are the stories we’re telling today. Because life often feels like a series of interruptions stitched together.

But interruptions can be invitations. Invitations to rest, invitations to care, invitations to pay attention. Interruptions can also be serious, heavy disruptions. What then?

Lisa-Jo and Christie talk about the days when nothing goes as planned. Interruptions are always inconvenient, they are sometimes devastating, but they can also be good gifts in disguise.

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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Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
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Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
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Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
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We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
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#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
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We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
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#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
READY, SET … GROW. 💜
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Would you like to read an early copy of my new book?? I would love to have you join me on my launch team. Spaces are limited so I recommend filling out the form today. Just follow the link in my profile to learn more and apply.
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We’ll kick things off next week, and for three weeks I’ll be meeting with you in a Facebook group where you can connect with other early readers and access all kinds of behind-the-scenes goodness.
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Questions? Just drop them in the comments on this post.
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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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#wearegardenmakers #wildforflowers #cultivatingglory #flowergarden
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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#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
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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#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
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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#topnine2021 #cultivatingglory #homeisaplaceofwonder
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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#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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