Morning Meanderings… Going to the Benefit


Today, as I sit here with my COFFEE this morning, it is a quick moment of relaxation before I jump in the car to head to ST Paul.  Today is the ‘Be The Change You Want To Be” benefit for my son.

Bittersweet as you can imagine.

It is easy to get caught up in the to do’s.  There is a Silent Auction, inviting people, making signs for the event…

but it is never far from my mind why we are doing this.

Justin’s friends Branden and Heather are hosting this and I am so proud of them.  They are doing it to honor their friend, gather with memories, and raise money for Justin’s passion, the kids of Manuelito in Honduras.

My son had many passions.  He loved living and experiencing life to the fullest.  He loved his friends fiercely.  And he loved going to Honduras and spending time with these kids who had become friends to him. One of our last conversations two days before his accident was about Manuelito and the kids.  He had thought before leaving on this trip in 2015 that it would be his last.  He was no longer in College and felt it might be time to focus on his future.  Yes when he came back in March of 2015 he said,

“Mom, I just can’t give it up.  I cannot imagine not being a part of that mission.”

So here we are.  Honoring Justin’s wishes and loving him all rolled into one.   I can’t imagine not.

If you find interest in Justin’s passion and the kids of Manuelito.  You are welcome to give using this link, and in the comments put DeChantal Memorial.  My mother heart of course thanks you.

For todays Saturday snapshot, a couple pics of Justin in Honduras.




Thanks everyone.  I am off.

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on April 30, 2016, in Meanderings, Saturday Snapshots and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It makes me happy that his wonderful spirit is still impacting the world in such a positive way. I’m sending hugs your way, Sheila.

  2. What a wonderful way to honor his life! Love to you!

  3. What a beautiful way to honor/remember him. I hope even thru your tears you can enjoy it

  4. Great photos and what a fabulous event! Thanks for sharing…and may it inspire many.

  5. What a great way to honor him! Sending you hugs!

  6. Oh how wonderful to honor Justin and the cause he had such passion for. My thoughts are with you all today.

  7. Best wishes for the success of today’s benefit. What a wonderful way to honor your son.

  8. Dear Sheila,

    This is truly a wonderful event and tribute to your son, Justin! Be the change–YES!

  9. Sending positive thoughts your way!!

  10. What an amazing way to honor Justin and the people he loved to help! ❤ Words are so inadequate and clumsy, so just sending lots of love your way. ❤

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