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Christie Purifoy
A PhD in Engl Lit, I traded the classroom for farmhouse, garden, and writing desk. Author of Roots and Sky and Placemaker. Co-host Out of the Ordinary podcast.
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Christie Purifoy Sep 26
Yesterday’s fog has become this morning’s rain. . The front steps my husband built himself (over months and left halfway finished for one whole winter 😆) have become my favorite place for pumpkins. . We still have a long list of needed repairs and ho…
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Christie Purifoy Sep 24
This house is a compass. It is a vessel filled from sunrise to sunset with luxuriant Autumn light; light so loud it muffles the noise of chaotic family life. Light like this reminds me that we are, each of us, standing on the still point of a turning wor…
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Christie Purifoy Sep 12
A bouquet for my youngest on her birthday (a bouquet for the world). .
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Christie Purifoy Sep 5
Saturday afternoon: ignoring the messy piles, admiring the new wallpaper. .
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Christie Purifoy Aug 24
In the evening I take photos. In the morning I share them. ☺️ . Sunset and sunrise are beautiful. Rainbows and lightning are stunning. But I am partial to lamplight spilling from a window, and the peace that comes when standing outside, looking in. .
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Christie Purifoy Aug 17
The weekend brought rain and cooler weather. The light has changed, too. . Every other year, August feels like a good ending (we take a vacation, we indulge in family togetherness). Every other year, September beckons like a blank slate, fresh start, new…
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Christie Purifoy Aug 5
The storm has passed, the trees still stand. . The same storm that brings dangerous flooding also quenches the thirst of a hot, dry summer. During morning prayers (I love the Pray As You Go app) I heard the phrase “grace in the wilderness,” which seems t…
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Christie Purifoy Jul 28
Good morning from the zinnia patch. . We are living in “unprecedented” times, aren’t we? Life is topsy-turvy. Growing things are grounding me—the zinnias and cosmos, the peaches and the blackberries. . What ordinary things are grounding you? .
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Christie Purifoy Jul 23
I’ve been waking up lately and really struggling in those first few blurry minutes to remember what day it is. And I’m not even wondering if it’s Wednesday or Thursday. I’m actually lying there for what feels like ages trying to remember if it’s the week…
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Christie Purifoy Jul 21
Here I am. Knee deep in flowers. . Looking for answers. . Finding peace, instead. .
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Christie Purifoy Jul 18
July is for flowers and fruit. . And heat. But maybe that’s a small price to pay? .
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Christie Purifoy Jul 8
It is too hot and too humid, but there is this. . Praise God for the too-muchness of summer. .
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Christie Purifoy Jul 5
Sunday mornings feel a lot like every other morning now. Or maybe weekdays have a little more peace and quiet and rest in them now. .
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Christie Purifoy Jul 1
It’s a big day for the Black Barn here at Maplehurst. Long before we ever knew a virus would make in-person gatherings difficult, I’d begun working with a community of creative visionaries to build the Today, the doors are finally wide o…
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Christie Purifoy Jun 24
Birthday cakes are one of my favorite, not-so-ordinary things. . Also, my approach to cake decorating exemplifies my love for beauty and my desire for quick and easy. Is this a stylish “naked cake” or am I just bad at frosting? 😉 . PS It’s podcast da…
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Christie Purifoy Jun 20
After a spring spent entirely at home, we are staring down a long summer spent entirely at home. And every so often I feel an itch to go, see, move, do—and then I remember the lilies are about to bloom. Then there’s the dahlias ... and I wouldn’t want to…
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Christie Purifoy Jun 16
I believe in the discipline of cutting flowers and bringing them indoors. Thankfully, my husband and kids are endlessly patient with me because I’m not so keen on the discipline of cleaning up rotting flowers and fallen petals. 😬 .
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Christie Purifoy Jun 11
We’ve had the most beautiful sunsets lately. I may not love the warmer, stickier weather, but I love these long, long days. . This morning is dark and rainy, but I feel hopeful. With every uncomfortable conversation and difficult reckoning happening in m…
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Christie Purifoy Jun 2
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Christie Purifoy May 28
Gardening is endless backbreaking work. . And then there’s this. . You’d think I’d feel worthy of this beauty. Deserving somehow. But not in the least. . And even my aching back can’t wait for more work in the garden. .
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