Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

So I googled "Random number generator" and then I entered 1 and 22 since there were 21 comments on the Give Away post and one more comment on the Deadline post, which I made #22.

And the Random Number Generator generated number... 1.

Which I thought was a total fluke so then I redid it to make sure that it was actually working and it was (the second number it generated was 16), so I feel compelled to stick with the first number that it gave me, but also sort of torn, so I've decided that I'm also going to make a small donation ($10) to number 16.

This means that I will be taking Tiffany up on her suggestion to donate to First Candle (an organization that offers support to grieving parents and also funds research and prevention of SIDS) in memory of her sweet son Julius.

And I'll a small donation (every little bit helps, right?) to the Shriner's at the suggestion of Vanessa, whose husband benefited from their services when he was growing up.  She said that I can make that donation in memory of Eliza.

(It occurs to me that if I were a legit blogger, I would have a picture of the random number generator inserted on this post so you would know it was legit but I have no idea how to do that so you'll just have to trust me.)

Thanks to all of you who made suggestions of different organizations and charities.  In wake of such a great loss, and particularly around the anniversary of Eliza's birth, I know that it's easy for me to get caught up in the spiral of my own pain and fear and sadness.  It's important for me to try to step outside that, even if it's just for a little bit, and feel that I can still contribute to a greater good.  I have felt so sad and "needy" for so long that I really need to be reminded there are things I can to help other people (and animals) who rely on the kindness and generosity of others.

Congratulations to the "winners" Tiffany and Vanessa, and thanks again to everyone who suggested such great causes.  Makes you feel like there really are good things going on in this world, you know?  In spite of everything.


  1. that precious son of mine! he knew i was having a rough day. thank you to you and him for making me smile. :') and thank you for being so generous and having this giveaway.

  2. I can't believe I never left the name of the charity I wanted, somehow it kept slipping my mind. These are 2 great charities though that were picked:)

  3. Brooke,
    You are a class act. Eliza would have grown up with a lot to admire. Way to go, mama.

  4. What a beautiful thing you have done in Eliza's memory and the memories of these two other babies! Well wishes all around!

  5. Oh I am so happy to hear this! My husband will be thrilled. And your exactly right- every little bit helps!! Thank you so much for your charity, they are all so worthwhile.