Ep. 19 – You Called Me WHAT Now?

Ep. 19 – You Called Me WHAT Now?

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.

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!

Wow. Thank you so much for your generous response to the Garden Maker book trailer I shared in my last post. Your pre-orders make a difference and help new books come to the notice of booksellers and buyers so THANK YOU ❤️.
.
Three things for today:
1. I painted my dining room, and the dark rose color has me so excited for candlelit autumn meals around the table. I highly recommend color therapy if you feel stuck in a rut.
💗
2. Today is Out of the Ordinary Books podcast day, and @lisajobaker and I are asking for your help. YES WE ARE ☺️
💗
3. After two warm, sticky days a cool front is headed our way which means I will shift from Extreme Grumpiness to Filled With Energy, Happiness, and Joy overnight. I used to feel embarrassed that my mood was so weather dependent, but now I just look forward to the next cold front!
.
Are you happiest in sweater weather or on sandal days?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #outoftheordinarybooks #autumnatmaplehurst
Well good morning, friends. It’s been a good long while, but I’m so glad to be connecting with you here again. Welcome back to Maplehurst. It’s an old Pennsylvania farmhouse. It’s a spacious place.
.
I have SO MUCH to tell you. So much to show you. There’s a new video trailer for my book Garden Maker. There are exciting pre-order gifts. There are book endorsements to share and a new season of the Out of the Ordinary Books podcast starting soon. There is also something new and amazing happening in the @maplehurstblackbarn 
.
And I’ll get to all that this week and next.
.
But first. My kids (all four!!) just left for their first day of school, and I’m drinking coffee amongst my plants on the front porch, and I want to know: what do you love most about September in YOUR place?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #autumnatmaplehurst
🍐Here’s what’s happening 👉🏼September at Maplehurst is always extra full and extra heavy and extra sweet, but this one is shaping up to be … well, extra. All four of my kids will head back to school in person for the first time in ages. My firstborn will turn 18. My baby will turn nine, which might not seem like such a significant birthday, but it’s the age her sister was when we first moved to this old house. And I’m feeling, remembering, anticipating. 🍐 (and picking fruit—I’ve never been a very diligent orchard keeper, but our peach, apple, and pear trees are heavy with fruit; a sign of the season I’m embracing with grateful heart and sticky fingers.)
.
Also, beginning in September I will be sharing this next book with you in earnest. I’ll read to you, I’ll share an amazing filmed book trailer with you, and so much more (maybe you want to pre-order from your favorite retailer while it’s on your mind?)
.
But first? August. And rest. This month is for a family vacation, some writing projects, and, yes, baking with all that fruit. You won’t see me in this space much for a bit, as I focus on these late-summer gifts. But I’ll be back soon! 😘
.
PS Thank you for continuing to help me spread the word about this book! She’s a beauty, and I know you will love her. 🪴
.
#wearegardenmakers
When I was young, I was so concerned that my life would matter; I wanted to make a difference, change the world, leave my mark.
.
Now I know you can do those things simply with seeds, soil, vision. And maybe a good garden hose.
.
#wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #weareplacemakers
Sunday morning still life.
.
I had eggs for breakfast. My hands are stained with pollen. This vignette looked so beautiful. Because I have a camera, and Instagram, I can share it with you.
.
I am grateful, content.
.
#fromdaffodilstodahlias
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
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Ep. 18 – We Were Wrong About Marie Kondo

Ep. 18 – We Were Wrong About Marie Kondo

This is the story of the secret shame we all carry about our houses.

And the one thing that can free you from it.

This is a story about Christie’s house Maplehurst being adrift in a sea of mud and construction and the pungent smell of mushroom farms nearby. And what Lisa-Jo’s daughter said to change how Christie sees/smells her house.

There is nothing like the power of seeing your home and your life through someone else’s eyes. For better or for worse. This week Christie admits her own secret house shame. Lisa-Jo admits all her judgy thoughts about Marie Kondo and they are both surprised by what they learn from this diminutive Japanese woman who is taking us all by storm in her new Netflix show.

Do you have a secret shame about your home? Then this episode is especially 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.

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!

Wow. Thank you so much for your generous response to the Garden Maker book trailer I shared in my last post. Your pre-orders make a difference and help new books come to the notice of booksellers and buyers so THANK YOU ❤️.
.
Three things for today:
1. I painted my dining room, and the dark rose color has me so excited for candlelit autumn meals around the table. I highly recommend color therapy if you feel stuck in a rut.
💗
2. Today is Out of the Ordinary Books podcast day, and @lisajobaker and I are asking for your help. YES WE ARE ☺️
💗
3. After two warm, sticky days a cool front is headed our way which means I will shift from Extreme Grumpiness to Filled With Energy, Happiness, and Joy overnight. I used to feel embarrassed that my mood was so weather dependent, but now I just look forward to the next cold front!
.
Are you happiest in sweater weather or on sandal days?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #outoftheordinarybooks #autumnatmaplehurst
Well good morning, friends. It’s been a good long while, but I’m so glad to be connecting with you here again. Welcome back to Maplehurst. It’s an old Pennsylvania farmhouse. It’s a spacious place.
.
I have SO MUCH to tell you. So much to show you. There’s a new video trailer for my book Garden Maker. There are exciting pre-order gifts. There are book endorsements to share and a new season of the Out of the Ordinary Books podcast starting soon. There is also something new and amazing happening in the @maplehurstblackbarn 
.
And I’ll get to all that this week and next.
.
But first. My kids (all four!!) just left for their first day of school, and I’m drinking coffee amongst my plants on the front porch, and I want to know: what do you love most about September in YOUR place?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #autumnatmaplehurst
🍐Here’s what’s happening 👉🏼September at Maplehurst is always extra full and extra heavy and extra sweet, but this one is shaping up to be … well, extra. All four of my kids will head back to school in person for the first time in ages. My firstborn will turn 18. My baby will turn nine, which might not seem like such a significant birthday, but it’s the age her sister was when we first moved to this old house. And I’m feeling, remembering, anticipating. 🍐 (and picking fruit—I’ve never been a very diligent orchard keeper, but our peach, apple, and pear trees are heavy with fruit; a sign of the season I’m embracing with grateful heart and sticky fingers.)
.
Also, beginning in September I will be sharing this next book with you in earnest. I’ll read to you, I’ll share an amazing filmed book trailer with you, and so much more (maybe you want to pre-order from your favorite retailer while it’s on your mind?)
.
But first? August. And rest. This month is for a family vacation, some writing projects, and, yes, baking with all that fruit. You won’t see me in this space much for a bit, as I focus on these late-summer gifts. But I’ll be back soon! 😘
.
PS Thank you for continuing to help me spread the word about this book! She’s a beauty, and I know you will love her. 🪴
.
#wearegardenmakers
When I was young, I was so concerned that my life would matter; I wanted to make a difference, change the world, leave my mark.
.
Now I know you can do those things simply with seeds, soil, vision. And maybe a good garden hose.
.
#wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #weareplacemakers
Sunday morning still life.
.
I had eggs for breakfast. My hands are stained with pollen. This vignette looked so beautiful. Because I have a camera, and Instagram, I can share it with you.
.
I am grateful, content.
.
#fromdaffodilstodahlias
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
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A Letter to My Younger Self

A Letter to My Younger Self

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I recently had the privilege of joining Susie Davis on her Dear Daughters podcast. In preparation for our conversation, Susie asked if I would pen a letter to my younger self. You can listen to our full interview right here. The letter I shared with Susie and her listeners is printed for you below.

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Dear Twelve-year-old Christie reading her copy of The Secret Garden for the third time,

I know that book is filling your heart with a sweet but painful ache. I know you want a garden of your own.

I remember how those descriptions of an English springtime blooming with daffodils sent you straight outside into your father’s Texas garden. But I also remember what you found there: mosquitoes, fire ants, scorching heat, and a humidity so thick it took your breath away.

You gave up. You did not ask your Dad “for a bit of earth” as Mary had in the story. You would never grow beautiful things. Didn’t have what it takes, apparently. Best to stay indoors and read another book and another book and another book until the Texas summer finally gave way to the first cold front of November.

Dear girl, so hungry for beauty. Keep reading those books. Keep dreaming of daffodils with yellow trumpets through you have never seen them with your own eyes. That desire for a bit of earth has been planted in you by your Maker. It is good no matter that it hurts so much right now. Don’t stuff it down too far. Don’t see it as a sign of your own failure. Nurture it with stories. Feed it with the roses your mother cuts from your father’s garden and places in a jam jar on the kitchen table. Enjoy the Texas wildflowers in March, those fields of red and blue. They are every bit as beautiful as Mary’s secret garden, though they need no care from you.

One day you will understand why you read that book so many times, and you will give thanks for the ground beneath your grownup feet.

You will understand that this is no ordinary ground. It is ground prepared for you–prepared for your spade and your watering can, your dreams and your desires–years before you knew it would be given to you.

And when the daffodils you planted bloom by the hundreds you will sing a song of praise to the God who calls forth music from yellow-petaled trumpets.

Yours,

Christie

Ep. 17 – When the Answer is “No”

Ep. 17 – When the Answer is “No”

This is the story of a Jasmine-scented South African summer night.

This is a story about disappointment in God, and this is a conversation about the dreams that do NOT come true.

Christie and Lisa-Jo recorded this episode the week of Christie’s twenty-second wedding anniversary. They marveled over the long years of their friendship, and all the dreams-come-true they have witnessed in each other’s lives.

But what about those dreams that don’t come true?

Can we trust a God who sometimes says NO? Is that God still good?

Lisa-Jo tells the story of her most bitter disappointment and the surprising encounter she had one warm, South African night.

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!

Wow. Thank you so much for your generous response to the Garden Maker book trailer I shared in my last post. Your pre-orders make a difference and help new books come to the notice of booksellers and buyers so THANK YOU ❤️.
.
Three things for today:
1. I painted my dining room, and the dark rose color has me so excited for candlelit autumn meals around the table. I highly recommend color therapy if you feel stuck in a rut.
💗
2. Today is Out of the Ordinary Books podcast day, and @lisajobaker and I are asking for your help. YES WE ARE ☺️
💗
3. After two warm, sticky days a cool front is headed our way which means I will shift from Extreme Grumpiness to Filled With Energy, Happiness, and Joy overnight. I used to feel embarrassed that my mood was so weather dependent, but now I just look forward to the next cold front!
.
Are you happiest in sweater weather or on sandal days?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #outoftheordinarybooks #autumnatmaplehurst
Well good morning, friends. It’s been a good long while, but I’m so glad to be connecting with you here again. Welcome back to Maplehurst. It’s an old Pennsylvania farmhouse. It’s a spacious place.
.
I have SO MUCH to tell you. So much to show you. There’s a new video trailer for my book Garden Maker. There are exciting pre-order gifts. There are book endorsements to share and a new season of the Out of the Ordinary Books podcast starting soon. There is also something new and amazing happening in the @maplehurstblackbarn 
.
And I’ll get to all that this week and next.
.
But first. My kids (all four!!) just left for their first day of school, and I’m drinking coffee amongst my plants on the front porch, and I want to know: what do you love most about September in YOUR place?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #autumnatmaplehurst
🍐Here’s what’s happening 👉🏼September at Maplehurst is always extra full and extra heavy and extra sweet, but this one is shaping up to be … well, extra. All four of my kids will head back to school in person for the first time in ages. My firstborn will turn 18. My baby will turn nine, which might not seem like such a significant birthday, but it’s the age her sister was when we first moved to this old house. And I’m feeling, remembering, anticipating. 🍐 (and picking fruit—I’ve never been a very diligent orchard keeper, but our peach, apple, and pear trees are heavy with fruit; a sign of the season I’m embracing with grateful heart and sticky fingers.)
.
Also, beginning in September I will be sharing this next book with you in earnest. I’ll read to you, I’ll share an amazing filmed book trailer with you, and so much more (maybe you want to pre-order from your favorite retailer while it’s on your mind?)
.
But first? August. And rest. This month is for a family vacation, some writing projects, and, yes, baking with all that fruit. You won’t see me in this space much for a bit, as I focus on these late-summer gifts. But I’ll be back soon! 😘
.
PS Thank you for continuing to help me spread the word about this book! She’s a beauty, and I know you will love her. 🪴
.
#wearegardenmakers
When I was young, I was so concerned that my life would matter; I wanted to make a difference, change the world, leave my mark.
.
Now I know you can do those things simply with seeds, soil, vision. And maybe a good garden hose.
.
#wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #weareplacemakers
Sunday morning still life.
.
I had eggs for breakfast. My hands are stained with pollen. This vignette looked so beautiful. Because I have a camera, and Instagram, I can share it with you.
.
I am grateful, content.
.
#fromdaffodilstodahlias
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
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Ep. 16 – When Your Worst Fear Comes True

Ep. 16 – When Your Worst Fear Comes True

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.

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!

Wow. Thank you so much for your generous response to the Garden Maker book trailer I shared in my last post. Your pre-orders make a difference and help new books come to the notice of booksellers and buyers so THANK YOU ❤️.
.
Three things for today:
1. I painted my dining room, and the dark rose color has me so excited for candlelit autumn meals around the table. I highly recommend color therapy if you feel stuck in a rut.
💗
2. Today is Out of the Ordinary Books podcast day, and @lisajobaker and I are asking for your help. YES WE ARE ☺️
💗
3. After two warm, sticky days a cool front is headed our way which means I will shift from Extreme Grumpiness to Filled With Energy, Happiness, and Joy overnight. I used to feel embarrassed that my mood was so weather dependent, but now I just look forward to the next cold front!
.
Are you happiest in sweater weather or on sandal days?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #outoftheordinarybooks #autumnatmaplehurst
Well good morning, friends. It’s been a good long while, but I’m so glad to be connecting with you here again. Welcome back to Maplehurst. It’s an old Pennsylvania farmhouse. It’s a spacious place.
.
I have SO MUCH to tell you. So much to show you. There’s a new video trailer for my book Garden Maker. There are exciting pre-order gifts. There are book endorsements to share and a new season of the Out of the Ordinary Books podcast starting soon. There is also something new and amazing happening in the @maplehurstblackbarn 
.
And I’ll get to all that this week and next.
.
But first. My kids (all four!!) just left for their first day of school, and I’m drinking coffee amongst my plants on the front porch, and I want to know: what do you love most about September in YOUR place?
.
#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #autumnatmaplehurst
🍐Here’s what’s happening 👉🏼September at Maplehurst is always extra full and extra heavy and extra sweet, but this one is shaping up to be … well, extra. All four of my kids will head back to school in person for the first time in ages. My firstborn will turn 18. My baby will turn nine, which might not seem like such a significant birthday, but it’s the age her sister was when we first moved to this old house. And I’m feeling, remembering, anticipating. 🍐 (and picking fruit—I’ve never been a very diligent orchard keeper, but our peach, apple, and pear trees are heavy with fruit; a sign of the season I’m embracing with grateful heart and sticky fingers.)
.
Also, beginning in September I will be sharing this next book with you in earnest. I’ll read to you, I’ll share an amazing filmed book trailer with you, and so much more (maybe you want to pre-order from your favorite retailer while it’s on your mind?)
.
But first? August. And rest. This month is for a family vacation, some writing projects, and, yes, baking with all that fruit. You won’t see me in this space much for a bit, as I focus on these late-summer gifts. But I’ll be back soon! 😘
.
PS Thank you for continuing to help me spread the word about this book! She’s a beauty, and I know you will love her. 🪴
.
#wearegardenmakers
When I was young, I was so concerned that my life would matter; I wanted to make a difference, change the world, leave my mark.
.
Now I know you can do those things simply with seeds, soil, vision. And maybe a good garden hose.
.
#wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #weareplacemakers
Sunday morning still life.
.
I had eggs for breakfast. My hands are stained with pollen. This vignette looked so beautiful. Because I have a camera, and Instagram, I can share it with you.
.
I am grateful, content.
.
#fromdaffodilstodahlias
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
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