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Hands in the dirt

Shout out to #chadisthebest/#chadinthewild.

He’s spent hours upon hours dealing with government hoops and unhelpful people trying to get the Black Jack property lines fixed so we can sell it. All while also spending hours upon hours digging out three new beds for all of my flower starts that were meant for Monarch Meadows Retreat.

We don’t understand what God is up to and we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to being frustrated and confused. Right now, our dream of building a refuge retreat for people to learn courage and heal doesn’t just seem to be on hold, it seems to be dead.

And so we will bury what needs to die, hands in the dirt, so something new can grow believing for resurrection.

You thought the wildflower garden was beautiful before…just wait for these additions.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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