We joined our good friends Mac and Katherine Barron as they recorded and livestreamed their 500th episode of Catholic in a Small Town.
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What starts as a discussion about whether to have a housewarming party turns into a deep dive into whether people really believe in the Eucharist, and how much are we willing to allow ourselves to really be transformed by the Eucharist and our baptismal priesthood.
One of the biggest struggles of our parenting careers is dealing with how much screentime we allow our children, particularly when it comes to video games. Lately, Lily has been playing Sims 4, and we were surprised to discover how "adult" this kids game has become. (Bonus content available exclusively to Patreon Co-Producers and SiriusXM ON DEMAND subscribers).
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Well, despite thinking we'd just get to be audience members at this year's Eucharistic Congress, right after recording our last show, all that changed for Greg.
We share some of the very positive responses we got to the announcement that our show is now on SiriusXM ON DEMAND, and clarify the difference between on-air and on demand.
Greg and the kids got into a massive tug of war battle in the neighborhood pool which had eerie similarities to the battle for souls in today's world. This conversation also includes a discussion on whether or not to cancel Netflix.
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Exclusively for Patreon Co-Producers and subscribers to SiriusXM On Demand, this week's bonus content includes how to reconnect with Jesus in a deep and meaningful way.
This week we share the exciting news that co-producers will get bonus exclusive minutes with every episode of Adventures in Imperfect Living. Become a co-producer for as little as $5/month and get exclusive bonus content, advanced previews, behind the scenes videos, live streams, and rewards such as SWAG in the mail, coffee mugs, and more! Click here to get immediate access to this week's bonus content!
In addition to the bonus content for co-producers, starting this week our show will now be available on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM ON DEMAND. It is exciting for us to have our show back on The Catholic Channel!
We talk about the latest developments with educating our two teens left at home, and in our bonus segment this week we dive into the challenges of raising adult children, and how to develop strong communication and trust.
We return from a long needed family vacation and discuss the need for rest, and how to overcome the fear that often keeps us from seeking happiness in life. This also includes a discussion about not only being wise stewards of the gifts God gives us, but also being willing to actually enjoy the gifts when they're given.
Our trip to the beach was surprisingly full of wildlife encounters, including that of ridiculous selfie-hunting beach goers.
After nearly seven years, a news story from last week made it possible for us to share more of the behind the scenes reasons as to why our radio show ended in 2012, and how that cancellation has lead to years of suffering, but suffering for which we are now very grateful for.
Huge thanks for the INCREDIBLE positive response we continue to receive since switching our Patreon account over to monthly instead of per-creation. The consensus seems to agree with what Jan, one of our co-producers, wrote when she said, "I think monthly was a great idea and will do just what you said. Y’all will be freed up to do a greater variety of things...I’d rather support all of your ministry efforts rather than random shows."
So thanks to Jan and all of our ongoing Patreon co-producers, as well as our brand new co-producers who have joined our community! We love you all so much. Want to be a part of this? Click here to become a co-producer right now!
Jennifer shares how her efforts to take a break and get some alone time resulted in a tumble and fall down a pile of rocks.
Lastly, we dive into steps to seek purpose and meaning in our lives, and talk about how Dr. Viktor Frankl managed to do just that, even in the midst of being a prisoner at Auschwitz.
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We're podcasting earlier in the morning after a couple failed attempts at recording the show and Jennifer is surprised how dapper Greg looks (or as dapper as Greg gets when it's warm outside.
Overcoming the fear of a big decision, and jumping ahead, trusting God to pick up the debris.
This week begins a new reset for us as we have all new reward tiers, bonus content, and more as we move to a monthly instead of per-show Patreon co-producer setup.
As we discuss in much more detail, the changes to Patreon have already gone into effect, and it is important to us that we keep our friends and supporters like you up to date on changes that may affect you because we really value your input!
As we’ve discussed on recent episodes of Adventures in Imperfect Living, over the last few weeks and months, Jennifer and I have been looking at three major areas that impact our podcast (and our hopes for future content):
As we’ve hinted on recent episodes, we’ve come up with a new framework for these three areas that we’re really excited about and plan to roll out in the next few days.
How We Create Content
As you know, we love making content. From podcasts and videos to comic strips and written content to experimental new media and livestreams, we want to create content that energizes us to make even more (i.e., when it’s fun and not work it inspires us with even more creativity), and serves the purpose of entertaining or inspiring others.
The difficulty for us is the fact that A) our time — like yours — is limited, and sometimes we WANT to create something for you, but can’t justify the time because we also have to B) do work that directly supports our family financially.
This often means that videos we’re ready to film, audio content we’re prepared to record, comic strips we’re ready to draw, and eBooks and other tools we want to write never happen because we have to do other less meaningful (but necessary) work behind the scenes that supports us but doesn’t necessarily change lives.
As our coproducers have already noticed in recent weeks, we’re striving to include more bonus content such as behind the scenes photos, stories, videos, and recordings exclusively for our co-producers. This is just a sampling of the kind of stuff we want to do for you!
Evaluating a Different Patreon Structure
We started using Patreon to supplement our work back in October 2014. For those of you who have been with us this entire time, you know how important this has been for us personally, and we can never thank you enough for your generous support of our work and our family.
Your patronage has kept us recording week after week even in the midst of cross country moves, debilitating illnesses, huge family transitions, and more. It’s allowed us to share our faith and encourage others in their walk with Christ. It’s allowed us to do things we never could have done otherwise.
Honestly, Patreon is currently the number one way we support our family at this time. And while it’s risky to put all of our eggs in one basket, this is the only basket we currently have, and we’d like to grow it.
After much evaluation, discernment, and prayer, we believe the time has come for us to switch to a monthly Patreon structure instead of the per-episode structure we’ve used for the past four-plus years.
What does this mean?
If you're already a co-producer, hopefully not much will change for you, and what changes there are will be minimal in terms of your financial commitment.
If you give $1 a show now with a max of $5 a month, you’ll now be at the $5/month tier instead of the $1/show tier. If you give $10 a show with a max of $50 a month, you’ll now be at the $50/month tier.
Why do this?
Honestly, because there are many times we want to make a bonus episode or create some other type of content but DON’T because we don’t want to charge you extra and accidentally make you feel like we’re taking advantage of your generosity.
Secondly, we hope that a monthly tier structure will encourage more listeners to sign up if they know they’ll be getting early access to more bonus content before everyone else. For the past four years, we’ve never been able to break past the plateau of 200 co-producers (we’re currently at 174) and we’d like to change that.
Changes in Tier Structures and Rewards
Starting immediately, we’re completely overhauling our reward and tier structure. The past structure was overly complicated to maintain, and we’re fairly certain that we’ve inadvertently missed providing rewards to some of you who have earned them. Additionally, the rewards we’ve offered (such as paintings, comic strips, etc.) have required more time to fulfill than I’ve personally been able to manage.
Therefore, we’re starting over with a clean slate and will providing rewards at various tiers to all of you that we think will be even more fun.
Going forward, our rewards will include access to more patron-exclusive content, as well as bonus swag such as stickers, drinking glasses, and other surprises sent directly to your home as our way to say THANK YOU.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO (IF YOU'RE ALREADY A CO-PRODUCER):
We know this is a lot of information, but again, our mission is to be your friends in these adventures in imperfect living, and we value your support on this journey.
We love hearing from each of you, and cannot ever thank you enough for your continued support and love!
While we love being back in Georgia, we apparently forgot about pollen related allergies (either that, or Greg is just getting older and is more susceptible).
We've celebrated two birthdays in the last week, and share how different our kids are when it comes to celebrating.
And it was a long time coming, but after all the stress of the last couple years, including our last move and all the difficulties that have accompanied Greg's health, Jennifer is running on empty and it's starting to catch up.
We talk about the experience of celebrating the Triduum in an all new parish, including a very chilly outdoor sunrise Mass that was BEAUTIFUL.
We answer questions from a non-Catholic wanting to know if he could receive the Eucharist and go to Confession while visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
Greg shares a conversation he had with our oldest son, Sam, about Sam's recent efforts to read the Bible and what book of the Bible he should tackle next.
Our co-producers found out the name of Greg's upcoming new podcast last week, but on this episode we spill the beans and let you know the name, too!
After talking about Lily's assessment for a hybrid homeschool academy, it looks like we'll have to evaluate yet another path for the kids. This has lead to Jennifer crying a lot while do taxes.
The Stations of the Cross audio files we mentioned are the John Paul II version from Rosary Army and the St. Alphonsus Ligouri version from when Greg worked for the Archdiocese of Denver.
Another busy week, bonus content for co-producers, education headaches continue, Medieval Times feedback, and reminders from Genesis.
Spring Break is upon us, the Barrons are in England, and Jennifer panics about what to do with the kids. Her best intentions backfire, though, when the kids reject going somewhere Jennifer has dreamt about for years.
This springboards into a discussion of Joshua chapter 1 and how to be courageous in the midst of uncertainty and discernment.
Lastly, we share some insight about big changes coming for our new and existing Patreon Co-Producers that will lead to more great content for you!
In episode 271, "A Classical Catholic Education," we discuss what goes into a Catholic hybrid school and the differences between traditional homeschool, Catholic school, and public school.
Next, we share the startling news about an unexpected health crisis for our dear friend, Fr. Timothy, who ended up in emergency surgery over the weekend.
This leads to an important discussion of the fact that we are not guaranteed second chances in life, and what we must do every day to ensure that we are living as God wants us to, and not as we think we should. It's not that difficult to do when you say a single simple prayer each day and be willing to change into what God made you to be.
Lastly, Greg gives an update on the progress for his mental health book and hints at the chance for you to be involved very soon!