These are the stories of friends who showed up like beacons.

If Episode 20 was all about the foreign country of grief, these stories will give you the courage and the advice you need to journey to that intimidating place without fear.

Perhaps life has already brought you to that hard place. Perhaps a friend has recently crossed over, and you are wondering how to help her.

Lisa-Jo and Christie have grieved and grieved with others, and they trade stories of what helped and why. Does suffering frighten you? Do you worry you’ll say or do the wrong thing? Then this episode will encourage you and equip you.

Because these stories are not really stories about the storm.

They are stories about the lighthouse that welcomes the storm-tossed home.

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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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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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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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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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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