Welcome to 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.

Join longtime friends and bestselling authors, Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy as they explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

For the most recent episodes, visit our official podcast page!

This podcast is produced in partnership with the fabulous Jodey Smith– he helps people podcast!

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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 ❤️.
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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.
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2. Today is Out of the Ordinary Books podcast day, and @lisajobaker and I are asking for your help. YES WE ARE ☺️
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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!
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Are you happiest in sweater weather or on sandal days?
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#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.
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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 
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And I’ll get to all that this week and next.
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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?
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#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.)
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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?)
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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! 😘
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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. 🪴
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#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.
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Now I know you can do those things simply with seeds, soil, vision. And maybe a good garden hose.
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#wearegardenmakers #cultivatingglory #weareplacemakers
Sunday morning still life.
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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.
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I am grateful, content.
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#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.
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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.
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👉🏼compassion.com/SummerCampLJC
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#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).
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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! 🌸
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#wearegardenmakers #onebouquetperday #fromdaffodilstodahlias
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