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!

Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
.
Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
.
Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
.
We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
.
#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
.
We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
.
.
.
#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
READY, SET … GROW. 💜
.
Would you like to read an early copy of my new book?? I would love to have you join me on my launch team. Spaces are limited so I recommend filling out the form today. Just follow the link in my profile to learn more and apply.
.
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.
.
Questions? Just drop them in the comments on this post.
.
Who else thinks January is just the right time to celebrate the spectacular, life-giving beauty of flowers? 🌺
.
#wearegardenmakers #wildforflowers #cultivatingglory #flowergarden
Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
.
Are you a snow lover? ❄️
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
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.
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
Top nine of 2021.
.
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.
.
But this year was also beautiful. I have the photos to prove it. ☺️
.
#topnine2021 #cultivatingglory #homeisaplaceofwonder
On the third day of Christmas … snow.
.
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).
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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!

Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
.
Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
.
Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
.
We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
.
#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
.
We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
.
.
.
#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
READY, SET … GROW. 💜
.
Would you like to read an early copy of my new book?? I would love to have you join me on my launch team. Spaces are limited so I recommend filling out the form today. Just follow the link in my profile to learn more and apply.
.
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.
.
Questions? Just drop them in the comments on this post.
.
Who else thinks January is just the right time to celebrate the spectacular, life-giving beauty of flowers? 🌺
.
#wearegardenmakers #wildforflowers #cultivatingglory #flowergarden
Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
.
Are you a snow lover? ❄️
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
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.
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
Top nine of 2021.
.
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.
.
But this year was also beautiful. I have the photos to prove it. ☺️
.
#topnine2021 #cultivatingglory #homeisaplaceofwonder
On the third day of Christmas … snow.
.
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).
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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!

Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
.
Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
.
Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
.
We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
.
#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
.
We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
.
.
.
#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
READY, SET … GROW. 💜
.
Would you like to read an early copy of my new book?? I would love to have you join me on my launch team. Spaces are limited so I recommend filling out the form today. Just follow the link in my profile to learn more and apply.
.
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.
.
Questions? Just drop them in the comments on this post.
.
Who else thinks January is just the right time to celebrate the spectacular, life-giving beauty of flowers? 🌺
.
#wearegardenmakers #wildforflowers #cultivatingglory #flowergarden
Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
.
Are you a snow lover? ❄️
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
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.
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
Top nine of 2021.
.
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.
.
But this year was also beautiful. I have the photos to prove it. ☺️
.
#topnine2021 #cultivatingglory #homeisaplaceofwonder
On the third day of Christmas … snow.
.
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).
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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!

Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
.
Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
.
Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
.
We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
.
#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
.
We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
.
.
.
#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
READY, SET … GROW. 💜
.
Would you like to read an early copy of my new book?? I would love to have you join me on my launch team. Spaces are limited so I recommend filling out the form today. Just follow the link in my profile to learn more and apply.
.
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.
.
Questions? Just drop them in the comments on this post.
.
Who else thinks January is just the right time to celebrate the spectacular, life-giving beauty of flowers? 🌺
.
#wearegardenmakers #wildforflowers #cultivatingglory #flowergarden
Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
.
Are you a snow lover? ❄️
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
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.
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
Top nine of 2021.
.
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.
.
But this year was also beautiful. I have the photos to prove it. ☺️
.
#topnine2021 #cultivatingglory #homeisaplaceofwonder
On the third day of Christmas … snow.
.
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).
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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!

Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
.
Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
.
Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
.
We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
.
#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
.
We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
.
.
.
#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
READY, SET … GROW. 💜
.
Would you like to read an early copy of my new book?? I would love to have you join me on my launch team. Spaces are limited so I recommend filling out the form today. Just follow the link in my profile to learn more and apply.
.
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.
.
Questions? Just drop them in the comments on this post.
.
Who else thinks January is just the right time to celebrate the spectacular, life-giving beauty of flowers? 🌺
.
#wearegardenmakers #wildforflowers #cultivatingglory #flowergarden
Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
.
Are you a snow lover? ❄️
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
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.
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
Top nine of 2021.
.
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.
.
But this year was also beautiful. I have the photos to prove it. ☺️
.
#topnine2021 #cultivatingglory #homeisaplaceofwonder
On the third day of Christmas … snow.
.
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).
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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!

Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
.
Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
.
Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
.
We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
.
#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
.
We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
.
.
.
#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
READY, SET … GROW. 💜
.
Would you like to read an early copy of my new book?? I would love to have you join me on my launch team. Spaces are limited so I recommend filling out the form today. Just follow the link in my profile to learn more and apply.
.
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.
.
Questions? Just drop them in the comments on this post.
.
Who else thinks January is just the right time to celebrate the spectacular, life-giving beauty of flowers? 🌺
.
#wearegardenmakers #wildforflowers #cultivatingglory #flowergarden
Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
.
Are you a snow lover? ❄️
.
#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
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.
.
#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
Top nine of 2021.
.
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.
.
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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#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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