This is the story of the labels people pin to us – to our bodies or our lives, or our families or our homes – and that we sometimes start to believe must be true.

This is the story of starting to say that we will not be accepting those labels today, thank you very much. 

Today Christie and Lisa-Jo each share stories about labels they had unknowingly accepted about themselves since they were teenagers. As if they were a shameful secret. As if they should apologize for who they are. Do you know what we mean? Do you have a memory, a throwaway sentence, an insult, a note, a casual, cutting observation that you tucked into your soul and allowed to grow up alongside you as if it was always part of you? So that now that lie is grafted into your DNA and you can’t tell the difference between the label and the reality of you?

Today is the day to toss that label in the trash, friends!

Join us as we speak truth and laughter and reality to the labels that have embarrassed us in the past. That we choose instead to name our lives and our homes and ourselves with the words spoken on the sixth day, “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

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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Today at church after our prayer of confession, we sang “Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy,” just those words over and over. My younger son poked his elbow in my ribs and whispered, “Mom, are these really the only words in this song?”
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The Greek word for mercy has the same root as oil. Mercy isn’t only forgiveness instead of punishment, mercy is healing, soothing oil. Lord, have mercy, we pray, which means, Lord, soothe me, comfort me, take away my pain, and show me your steadfast love.
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What other words do we need?
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I don’t normally post on Sundays, but it’s the first day of spring, I have picked the first daffodils, and I’ve now slept with my bedroom window open two nights in a row. Those things don’t erase all that’s hard and heavy, but oh my goodness, how they help. Spring, you are God’s mercy.
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I feel as if I am standing on the exact edge that divides winter from spring, old from new, dead from alive. 🌿 Gardeners are the most patient of thrill seekers. We hesitate to leave home, not because we are uninterested in drama or change, but because we can’t bear to miss a thing. And so much is always happening, even while the garden sleeps. 🌿
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#weareplacemakers #springcomestomaplehurst
I had been hoping green would follow brown, but I’ll take an interval of white.
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#throughtheseoldwindows #amaplehurstwinter
Signs (and scents) of hope around the house. 🌿 I read and write for a living, friends, so I feel fully qualified to tell you that our homes tell stories. ☺️ And they don’t need fancy kitchens or expensive new anythings in order to do it. 🌿
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#wearegardenmakers #weareplacemakers #springcomestomaplehurst
A hard chapter, but not the end of the story.
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I’m a deep thinker whose love language is beauty, and I can’t tell you how many friends and family members, after reading my first book #rootsandsky told me some version of “Wow, I had no idea all that was going on in your head.” I try to remember that when my teenagers don’t seem to have much to say.
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Anyhow, I mostly show up here to share some of what I’m thinking about and some of the beauty I’m noticing, but sometimes? I need to stop overthinking and show my own face and simply say, “Hello! I’m glad you’re here. Thank you for receiving my new book Garden Maker so well. I’m glad you like it. Aren’t gardens the most glorious things? 🌿
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#wearegardenmakers #weareplacemakers
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