This is the story of your worst fear come true.

This is a conversation about trusting God with our kids, and others we love, this new year. Christie and Lisa-Jo recorded this episode after celebrating one son’s eleventh birthday in the Black Barn at Maplehurst. If children make wishes when they blow out birthday candles, the parents who love them make wishes, too. Mostly we want our kids to be safe.

But what if God wants to give them something better, something more, than safety?

Christie tells the story of the terrible mistake that almost cost her young son’s life, leading to a conversation filled with hard questions and trustworthy promises. If you worry about what this year might bring to those you love most in the world, this episode is for you.

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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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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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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#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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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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#adventatmaplehurst #weareplacemakers #embracingtheseasons
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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