When I first found out that I had the opportunity to share the HP Magic with this giveaway, I wanted to somehow make a difference during a time that is tough for many. So after watching the CNN Heroes Tribute I set out to find mom and dad heroes! The tough job of picking winners was finalized – and we got one of each.
Dear TechMama & Friends,
4-1/2 year-old and three 3-year-olds. In November of 2005, we welcomed
quadruplets into the world three months early, and then said goodbye to
Emily, who died from an infection at 19 days old. Two things I came to
realize during the 4 months that the surviving three spent in the
neonatal intensive care unit: 1) I am married to the greatest mommy
hero…ever, and 2) there are amazing people/charities out there who
tirelessly serve and minister to scared, weary parents of tiny babies
top 20, I contacted just about every other human being on the face of
the earth to get them to vote for us. Thanks to all of them too.
Here's how I'd like to divvy out the prize…
- The Ronald McDonald House here in Lexington will get the HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC (I'm
sure that Sarah, the director, and Travis, the house manager, will be
able to put it to good use–my hope is that it can be used as a place
for parents who are staying there to do their own blogs (i.e.
carepages, etc.) http://www.rmhclexington.com/
- Techmama asked if we would be willing to give the HDX laptop to
Shellie, the runner-up. Absolutely!!! (For seven years, we lived in
Richmond Hill, GA, next to Fort Stewart, and we were amazed at the
caliber of the amazing military families that allow the rest of us to
be free. Enjoy, Shellie & family, and thank you for serving our
- Project Seahorse (www.projectseahorse.net)
is the organization that my wife and I started to encourage families
with premature babies. We go once a month to the Ronald McDonald House
to visit with those families, and to give packets with materials to
encourage them. We will use one of the notebooks to produce video
slideshows of the NICU babies whose parents are staying in the House.
- The Assurance Pregnancy Center in our town (www.assurancecare.org)
offers free ultrasounds, counseling, and adoption avenues for women in
crisis pregnancies. The ladies who work there are INCREDIBLE, and
always in need of donations and equipment. The last notebook will go
- A couple in Georgia (minister and wife) who found our daughter's
gravesite for us, and who performed her funeral, will receive the Media
Smart Connect. They have three girls, one of whom has special needs,
and they do a lot of stuff with photos and video, so it will be perfect
- The printer and Photo Pak we will share with the NICU that our kids were in (www.phoenixchildrens.com). They can put them to good use by printing out pictures of the babies for the families who are there.
sharing spirit reflected in the essays will draw people's hearts to the
"reason for the season."