Justin’s 25th birthday A tribute of love

There are life-changing, life-altering, and life-ending events— it just so happened that we were there for all


Giving birth to Justin Carr World-Peace

was a glorious moment in time— which I will never forget. Darrell Carr either. This morning on his 25th bday I lay paralyzed in my thoughts — thinking about my most precious son who died at 16, barely being a young man.

Justin loved celebrating his birthdays. He had so many themes for his special day. He prayed for world peace on his 4th bday.

Justin’s 4th Bday

Justin lived, loved, and laughed often. He had hopes and dreams. He truly loved his family and friends. He loved helping, creating, singing, acting, and being. He had courage, compassion, commitment, community, and knew how to resolve conflicts.

He coined a poem saying he had dreams, goals, promise— opportunity.

On his first day of life, he held my finger tight. The night before he died, he told me he would take care of Darrell and me when we got old. We often think about who will take care of us now and in the days and years to come?

Darrell and I will hold each other’s hands and those in our village of people, his friends, our friends, strangers who walk with us and who love us and miss Justin too.

These are the gifts we cherish as we remember, miss, cry and smile for Justin.

I will hold on to Justin’s Memories Tight! I will stop and wonder at butterflies, too- like the one that rested in my palm in Costa Rica. He has taught his Mom his OTTO, “Over the Top Olivia,” Sooooo many things.

I am honored to be Justin’s Mom.

Happy Birthday, Honey! I miss you always and will love you forever!!

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