Ep. 24 – A Gift For The Listeners We Love

Ep. 24 – A Gift For The Listeners We Love

This is a story about placemaking around the table.

This is Chapter Ten of Placemaker in Christie’s own voice (can you hear a hint of Texas drawl?).

Our favorite thing about podcasting is sharing stories with you in our own voices. With Christie’s new book landing in reader’s hands in less than one week, this audio “sneak peek” is our gift to you.  

So, put your feet up, pour the tea (or coffee!), settle in with a blanket or a small child (or both!) and listen to “Norway Maple: Placemaking Around the Table.”

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.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

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.
.
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.
.
👉🏼compassion.com/SummerCampLJC
.
#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).
.
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! 🌸
.
#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.
.
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.
.
Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
.
@kimberlyacoyle your feature essay??? Had me like this 😭😍😭
.
#paperandstringcarepackage #blackbarncollective #maplehurstblackbarn
I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
.
Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
.
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.
.
And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
.
#amaplehurstsummer #fromdaffodilstodahlias #homeisaplaceofwonder #onebouquetperday
I’ve lived a lot of life with this birthday boy. He was and is my best birthday gift. Has it only been 15 years of double celebration? And how is he 15 already?
.
Time is a gift. It gives us good boundaries. But it’s also like an ill-fitting outfit we weren’t really meant to wear. We are always living an experience that doesn’t quite fit within the minutes and the hours and the days.
We had the chance to clean up the barn for guests recently. I forgot how much I love to putter around in preparation.
.
I smelled a not-good smell for the first time in the almost six months since Covid. Maybe it’s time or maybe it’s because I’m now two weeks past my second shot, but I am so grateful for more healing. Bad smells never made me so happy.
.
I have some news to share on Friday. It’s going to be so much fun. Sorry, no hints. ☺️ Okay, maybe just one:📕
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #weareplacemakers
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Ep. 23 – All Our Nosy Listener Questions Answered

Ep. 23 – All Our Nosy Listener Questions Answered

This is a story about our nosy listeners whom we love!

So many of you have had so many questions for us over the past few months. Here are all your answers! 

Christie and Lisa-Jo put their feet up, pour the tea, settle in with some chocolate and offer up the realest, un-edited live responses to some of their listeners most common questions.

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.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

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.
.
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.
.
👉🏼compassion.com/SummerCampLJC
.
#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).
.
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! 🌸
.
#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.
.
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.
.
Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
.
@kimberlyacoyle your feature essay??? Had me like this 😭😍😭
.
#paperandstringcarepackage #blackbarncollective #maplehurstblackbarn
I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
.
Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
.
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.
.
And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
.
#amaplehurstsummer #fromdaffodilstodahlias #homeisaplaceofwonder #onebouquetperday
I’ve lived a lot of life with this birthday boy. He was and is my best birthday gift. Has it only been 15 years of double celebration? And how is he 15 already?
.
Time is a gift. It gives us good boundaries. But it’s also like an ill-fitting outfit we weren’t really meant to wear. We are always living an experience that doesn’t quite fit within the minutes and the hours and the days.
We had the chance to clean up the barn for guests recently. I forgot how much I love to putter around in preparation.
.
I smelled a not-good smell for the first time in the almost six months since Covid. Maybe it’s time or maybe it’s because I’m now two weeks past my second shot, but I am so grateful for more healing. Bad smells never made me so happy.
.
I have some news to share on Friday. It’s going to be so much fun. Sorry, no hints. ☺️ Okay, maybe just one:📕
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #weareplacemakers
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Ep. 22 – An Easy Way To Reset Your Day

Ep. 22 – An Easy Way To Reset Your Day

This is a collection of love stories about the old fashioned cuppa tea.

It’s no secret that Lisa-Jo and Christie love a good cup of tea.  Hot, cold, dark, red, or herbal tea is a hot trend these days. But Lisa-Jo’s love for the sweet beverage was born even before she was. And Christie was an early adapter

Between them they invite you to put your feet up, pour a cuppa and listen in as Lisa-Jo shares about her surprising tea discovery while working at the Pretoria News newspaper in South Africa, Christie takes us to Comanche, Texas and memories of iced tea, and between them they invite you into the sacred and completely ordinary rhythm of a day paused by a tray of tea and the people who gather to drink it.

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.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

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.
.
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.
.
👉🏼compassion.com/SummerCampLJC
.
#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).
.
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! 🌸
.
#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.
.
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.
.
Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
.
@kimberlyacoyle your feature essay??? Had me like this 😭😍😭
.
#paperandstringcarepackage #blackbarncollective #maplehurstblackbarn
I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
.
Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
.
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.
.
And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
.
#amaplehurstsummer #fromdaffodilstodahlias #homeisaplaceofwonder #onebouquetperday
I’ve lived a lot of life with this birthday boy. He was and is my best birthday gift. Has it only been 15 years of double celebration? And how is he 15 already?
.
Time is a gift. It gives us good boundaries. But it’s also like an ill-fitting outfit we weren’t really meant to wear. We are always living an experience that doesn’t quite fit within the minutes and the hours and the days.
We had the chance to clean up the barn for guests recently. I forgot how much I love to putter around in preparation.
.
I smelled a not-good smell for the first time in the almost six months since Covid. Maybe it’s time or maybe it’s because I’m now two weeks past my second shot, but I am so grateful for more healing. Bad smells never made me so happy.
.
I have some news to share on Friday. It’s going to be so much fun. Sorry, no hints. ☺️ Okay, maybe just one:📕
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #weareplacemakers
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Ep. 21 – How Not To Fear Grief

Ep. 21 – How Not To Fear Grief

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.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

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.
.
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.
.
👉🏼compassion.com/SummerCampLJC
.
#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).
.
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! 🌸
.
#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.
.
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.
.
Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
.
@kimberlyacoyle your feature essay??? Had me like this 😭😍😭
.
#paperandstringcarepackage #blackbarncollective #maplehurstblackbarn
I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
.
Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
.
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.
.
And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
.
#amaplehurstsummer #fromdaffodilstodahlias #homeisaplaceofwonder #onebouquetperday
I’ve lived a lot of life with this birthday boy. He was and is my best birthday gift. Has it only been 15 years of double celebration? And how is he 15 already?
.
Time is a gift. It gives us good boundaries. But it’s also like an ill-fitting outfit we weren’t really meant to wear. We are always living an experience that doesn’t quite fit within the minutes and the hours and the days.
We had the chance to clean up the barn for guests recently. I forgot how much I love to putter around in preparation.
.
I smelled a not-good smell for the first time in the almost six months since Covid. Maybe it’s time or maybe it’s because I’m now two weeks past my second shot, but I am so grateful for more healing. Bad smells never made me so happy.
.
I have some news to share on Friday. It’s going to be so much fun. Sorry, no hints. ☺️ Okay, maybe just one:📕
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #weareplacemakers
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Ep. 20 – Why It Might Be Time To Claim A New Name

Ep. 20 – Why It Might Be Time To Claim A New Name

This is the story of a man who chose his own name.
And this is the story of a name handed down from mother to daughter to son.

If Episode 19 was all about letting go of hurtful labels, this episode is about the importance of claiming a name.

Christie and Lisa-Jo return to their conversation in Episode 11 (When Life Feels Like a Series of Interruptions) to share more about the tragic loss of Christie’s brother-in-law three years ago, and the legacy he left for his wife and young children. Lisa-Jo shares more about the loss of her mother, and the legacy of her name “Jo.”

What’s in a name? This conversation invites you to consider what a good gift a name can be and why it could be time for you to claim yours.

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.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

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.
.
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.
.
👉🏼compassion.com/SummerCampLJC
.
#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).
.
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! 🌸
.
#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.
.
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.
.
Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
.
@kimberlyacoyle your feature essay??? Had me like this 😭😍😭
.
#paperandstringcarepackage #blackbarncollective #maplehurstblackbarn
I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
.
Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
.
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.
.
And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
.
#amaplehurstsummer #fromdaffodilstodahlias #homeisaplaceofwonder #onebouquetperday
I’ve lived a lot of life with this birthday boy. He was and is my best birthday gift. Has it only been 15 years of double celebration? And how is he 15 already?
.
Time is a gift. It gives us good boundaries. But it’s also like an ill-fitting outfit we weren’t really meant to wear. We are always living an experience that doesn’t quite fit within the minutes and the hours and the days.
We had the chance to clean up the barn for guests recently. I forgot how much I love to putter around in preparation.
.
I smelled a not-good smell for the first time in the almost six months since Covid. Maybe it’s time or maybe it’s because I’m now two weeks past my second shot, but I am so grateful for more healing. Bad smells never made me so happy.
.
I have some news to share on Friday. It’s going to be so much fun. Sorry, no hints. ☺️ Okay, maybe just one:📕
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #weareplacemakers
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