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Episode 2 – The Cultivation of Purpose with Leah Darrow: Faith, Farming and Vocation

We’re in the phase of renewal with Leah, Ricky and the family in episode two of Cultivation of Purpose. We get a little deeper into why they are doing the particular tasks they have picked as farmers and how their kids fit into the mix. Darnell shares his perspective of Big Family Farm and why what they are doing matters. We see family life overlap with the grind of chores each day.

This is a raw look at what it’s like when someone genuinely follows their dream - as difficult or confusing as it may seem. The hard parts of being on mission with God show themselves in unexpected ways for Leah and Ricky. You’ll see moments of beauty with their children and success on the farm, but then also immense sadness with the miscarriage of their baby. Leah helps us ponder and sift through the intricacies of renewal while living your dream in episode 2.

Episode 1 – The Cultivation of Purpose with Leah Darrow: Faith, Farming and Vocation

Episode One of the three-part series, produced by University of St. Thomas Houston’s MAX Studios, featuring Leah Darrow, her husband Ricky Soldinie and their family becoming new farmers on Big Family Farm in Fordland, Missouri.

In episode one, you get to know Leah, Ricky, their kids and the 80-acre property they now call home. They left the suburbs of St. Louis for a simpler, albeit more challenging, life as farmers. You’ll see a day in the life of this family - feeding chickens and pigs, getting food on the table, and prepping for their main source of income in agri-tourism - four Saturdays in October called Pumpkin Days.

MAX Studios’ Bridget Richardson and Darnell Miller join them on the farm and ponder their own questions about this new exploration for this family on Big Family Farm.

Throughout the episode, Leah and Ricky continue to call you to take stock of your own life and be aware of what may be missing for you. Ask yourself the challenging question, “Are you happy?”

Trailer: Upcoming Series on Big Family Farm

God has a plan for your life, but sometimes His path takes you on twists and turns you didn’t see coming. Check out the trailer for the three-part series, produced by University of St. Thomas Houston’s MAX Studios, featuring Leah Darrow sharing about the immensely different changes she’s made in her life and why.

Leah and her husband Ricky decided to radically change everything - moving from the suburbs of St. Louis to create “Big Family Farm,” an 80-acre property near Fordland, Missouri - pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

The powerful film series is a raw look at life that is intended to be both refreshing and empowering. Leah and Ricky hope that by sharing their own story, the triumphs, failures and unforeseen suffering, they might inspire others to dedicate their lives to be aware of what God may be calling them to in their lives.

Around the Halo – Season 2: Episode 7

It's episode 7 of Around the Halo and it's our last one for 2022! Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, guests include Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media, Bridget Richardson, Executive Producer of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, Bobby Angel, Catholic writer, speaker and podcaster, and Nick Sciarrapa, better known as @PappaSciarappa, the Director Of Youth Ministry at Saints John & Paul Roman Catholic Parish in Franklin Park, Penn.

Topics for this episode include the North Carolina Blackout, the Supreme Court case about wedding websites, player safety in the NFL amid the notable quarterbacks sidelined by injuries, the sign of peace at Mass and Apple's new karaoke feature.

0:37 Introductions
3:53 Rules of ATH
5:49 Blackout
14:43 Freedom, Rights, and Wedding Websites
26:41 Sacked
38:40 Peace Be With You
49:24 I Sing, You Sing
56:38 A Winner Is Named

Marriage and Dads: In Studio w/ Fr. Ken Geraci

Desiring a fruitful marriage is something many young adults yearn for in life. So how do you start planning for that - as a single college student or a young professional?

In this in studio conversation, Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, with the Fathers of Mercy, talks with MAX Studios' Bridget Richardson and Darnell Miller about examples of God-centered marriages and how you can strive for that when you're young. Fr. Ken also encourages young men to start thinking about what kind of husband and father they want to be. He encourages single young men to embody the principles of a good man today, so they can be a well-founded husbands and fathers in the future. He also shares a meaningful story about his friend Travis caring for his wife.

Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM

Around the Halo – S2: Ep. 2

Around the Halo is live in MAX Studios in Houston, TX again for episode 2!

Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

In this episode, we've got three guests for you, but a lot of hilarity ensues! Producing and hosting is Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure. Guests are Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media and Bridget Richardson, Executive Producer of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston.

Here are the chapters:
4:08 About Around the Halo
5:25 Queen Elizabeth & Monarchy
12:11 Brett Favre Scandal
17:55 Wrestling, UFC, Boxing or None?
23:17 Football is Back 2! Thoughts?
28:21 Buy or Sell: Halloween in September
36:27 Buy or Sell: Butter on Sandwiches
40:03 Buy or Sell: Lions Win on Sunday
42:31 Buy or Sell: Lakes are greater than Oceans
47:39 A Winner is Named

Reclaiming Authentic Femininity w/ Leah Jacobson | Napa Institute Conference Series

While working as a campus minister, Leah Jacobson, Founder and CEO of The Guiding Star Project, recognized her desire to serve women and help them discover the beauty and joy of their femininity and understand the natural processes of their bodies. Now, 15 years later, Leah is leading a nonprofit re-defining the idea of wholistic women's healthcare.

Jacobson sits down with Bridget Richardson, Executive Producer of MAX Studios at the University of St Thomas-Houston, at the Napa Institute Conference in Napa Valley, California. They discuss the need for challenging the status quo in mainstream women's healthcare and the implications and opportunities that have arisen after the overturning of Roe v Wade in the Supreme Court.

Links:
Leah Jacobson

The Guiding Star Project

The Napa Institute

Normalizing Values through Film w/ Chéri Ballinger | Napa Institute Conference Series

Chéri Ballinger is a speaker, organizational ambassador and film producer whose own life experience, suffering a traumatic brain injury, inspires the amazing empathy and gratitude that influences her work. Fresh off producing the film “Roe v. Wade,” starring Jon Voight, Ballinger sits down with Bridget Richardson to share her story. They talk about her return to filmmaking, the role of film in the American culture and how it can be used to normalize values.

Links:
Chéri Ballinger
The Napa Institute
Roe v. Wade Trailer

Around the Halo: Ep 11 – SEASON FINALE

We're on to the season one finale of Around the Halo! Topics for this episode are below.

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, this episode features Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media; Matt Marcolini, CFO of Little Flower Media; Joel Stepanek, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker; and Bridget Richardson, Producer at MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston.

Topics
0:00 Countdown
10:55 Introductions
14:48 Qatar Bans During World Cup
23:00 Year Long Marriage Prep
35:20 Full Story vs. Headline
41:21 Catholic News Cycle: Good or Bad
51:44 Public Funds for Religious Ed
1:00:45 Sriracha Shortage
1:08:06 A Winner is Named

Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Around the Halo: Ep 8 (live)

We're doing it live! Episode 8 of Around the Halo is live in MAX Studios in Houston, TX! The Stream Team packed up their gear and traveled to Houston to do a live show with a very special guest. Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Topics for this episode are below!

This episode is a little different than others. Producing the show (off camera) is Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure. Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media, was on deck for hosting this one. Guests Bridget Richardson, Producer with MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, and Matthew Marcolini, CFO of Little Flower Media, were are regulars giving their takes. The team was joined by special guest (came in from Dallas, but originally from Houston) Joseph Bionat, Coordinator for the Word on Fire Institute. Let's go!

Topics
3:20 Introductions
9:59 NBA Playoffs
13:32 Star Gets Injured: Underdog Wins
19:18 Divine Mercy Sunday
27:43 Catholic Celebrities
37:42 Elon Musk Buys Twitter
48:37 Melissa Lucio
57:57 Ketchup or Ranch
1:03:13 Would you rather: 100 years future or past?
1:06:45 A Winner is Named - Sort Of

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