Blogs can change lives… wanna help us change one?

If you’ve spent some time in the blogosphere, you’ve likely learned that blogs can change lives. Well, this week we had the chance to change one and now we want you to help us change another!

The other night I was emailing back and forth with Tammy, our managing editor for 5 Minutes for Special Needs and I found out that she does not have a laptop.

Now that doesn’t sound like too remarkable of a discovery (you might be thinking, “Neither do I!”)… But when you know Tammy’s story, you’ll understand why she truly needs a laptop.

Parker in his crib

Tammy’s son Parker has a myriad of life-threatening, critical health concerns which have devastated their family of eight financially and which make Tammy home bound with Parker. Parker can rarely leave the house – and Tammy can rarely, if ever, leave Parker’s side.

At night, Tammy can’t even leave Parker’s room… I realized that when during our email conversation she mentioned:

“I can’t get to it tonight. It is time for Parker to be hooked up to his vent. Once he is hooked up to that I can’t leave his room in case he goes into respiratory distress. The vent is what feeds him air at night.”

Parker

I was shocked and asked her where her computer was and didn’t she have a laptop? She responded the next day:

Parker“My desktop is in my living room right now because we had to switch out my office in order to make Parker’s safe room. It was a good trade though. Parker’s worth the sacrifice. :)

If I had a laptop I’m pretty sure I could rule the world. 😉

I could blog from the hospital………where, you know, we tend to spend a great majority of our time. And I wouldn’t have to fight my older kids for computer time. They use the desktop for homework, etc. Especially my kid in college year round.

And I could blog where Parker was instead of having to write stuff out long hand and then type it up in free bits of time on the computer as the day goes on. I lose more great ideas for posts because I am always misplacing my scraps of papers that I have written on! sheesh!

Oh. Well. If wishes……..eh? Maybe one day.”

The thing is – money is beyond tight for this family. A laptop is completely unattainable. Their family has had the most horrific insurance stories with little Parker’s health costs. And the medical costs just continue for Parker. For a mom like Tammy, purchasing a laptop for herself would NEVER happen.

SO, of course HP came to my mind.

Since HP is such a fantastic company (that makes the BEST laptops – I am sitting here typing away on one myself and I LOVE it!) and they know how to make mom bloggers sit up and take notice of them, I thought maybe we could talk to HP about donating a laptop to Tammy.

And you guessed it.

HP responded with not only a laptop for Tammy, but a laptop and a printer for her… AND a second laptop and printer for us to give to another family in need!!!

HP laptopWe know this laptop will literally change Tammy’s life. Everyday Tammy inspires and helps other moms through her powerful blog Praying For Parker and with managing and writing for 5 Minutes for Special Needs.

Now, she will be able to blog beside Parker’s bed at night, in his ‘safe room’ during the day, and even while she waits with him at the hospital for yet another treatment.

Thank you HP!!!

But it gets even better! This is where we need your help.

We need to find another family who truly needs a new laptop and printer.

As we are now facing “Back to School” shopping, the timing couldn’t be better. For some families, “Back to School” means school supplies that they cannot afford.

But for some families, this fall term will mean sending a student away to college. The costs of college are huge, and clearly at college a computer and printer are required equipment.

Thankfully, the price of computer hardware keeps dropping. (Not much else these days gets cheaper… certainly not food nor gas… but computers are getting more powerful and less expensive.)

HP is helping students get ready for school with top of the line laptops for under $800 and printers for under $100.

(I remember when I purchased my first DELL 486 for University and it cost me about $5000! LOL)

But even as low as those prices are, some families cannot afford several hundred dollars to invest in a computer. And personally I believe all high school and college students need regular access to a computer and to the Internet.

Equality in education is one of the basic rights our children deserve, but we all know these days it’s a fairy tale. Computer skills take computers, and if students get only a few hours a week using a computer in a broken down computer lab they’re not likely to become software developers, or graphic artists, or electrical engineers or heck even very proficient MS Office users.

Financial inequality is tough and there are no easy answers.

HP PrinterBut today we get to help one family over one huge hurdle.

We want you to nominate one student or family who you believe truly needs a new laptop and printer.

Try to think of a family who has extraordinary circumstances and whose lives could be changed by a laptop and printer. You may also nominate yourself as well.

You can submit your nomination on your own blog and sign the Mr. Linky below, or if you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment.

Please keep private details (including names and financial information) out of your story. If you feel you need to email us additional information privately, you can reach us at 5minutesformom at gmail dot com. Please put NOMINATION in the subject.

We will select a few nominations and then let random.org help us with the final decision.

Before we announce the winner, we will require that we talk on the phone with that family and confirm the situation. Please be HONEST.

Prize Details

Here’s the details on what HP is providing to our winner.

HP Pavilion dv5t Entertainment Notebook PC

  • Get extra protection from data loss with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection.
  • Play Blu-ray movies using the optional built-in Blu-ray drive.
  • Features a clean 15” diagonal HP BrightView Infinity display.
  • Create personalized, silkscreen-quality DVD and CD labels with optional LightScribe
  • Chat face-to-face or capture video clips using the HP Webcam and integrated microphone.
  • Simplify your password management with the integrated fingerprint reader.
  • Available from $799.99

HP Photosmart C4480 All-in-One

  • Print, copy and scan all from an affordable printer great for students
  • Save paper and ink using the HP automatic paper-type sensor that detects the paper being used and then selects optimal print or copy settings.
  • Print lab-quality photos in a few easy steps without a PC – simply insert a memory card and navigate the 1.5-inch color display.
  • Achieve fast and efficient printing and copying with speeds up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) black and up to 23 ppm color, plus photos in as fast as 25 seconds.
  • Print what you see – HP Smart Web Printing automatically adjusts web pages to prevent cutoff edges and optimize web printing by allowing users to easily combine portions of numerous web pages onto one page.
  • Available at $99.99

Add your nomination post link here:

If you do not have a family to nominate, please read some of the other nominations and then leave a comment and let us know who you think we should choose. You can also help by spreading the word on your blog, if you’d like. The more the word spreads, the better the chances are that we will find the best family or student for this wonderful gift.

We will accept nominations through August 27th and then post the winner on Friday, August 29th.


Comments

  1. says

    I too, don’t have a nomination, but I’m almost in tears here with amazement and gratitude for you and HP. This is wonderful, and proves what blogging can do!!

  2. says

    That is a wonderful thing you did for Tammy. When we want to make a difference, we can be such a blessing to those around us.

    Great job!

  3. chyk says

    I want to nominate my cousin “John”. He is going away to college this year and his parents can’t afford to send him to school, much less buy him supplies. He is going to school on an academic scholarship at a school that was not his choice in order to be able to afford to go. Because of all of his family’s financial difficulties he has been forced to go to three different high schools. I think a laptop would change his outlook from “food bank welfare kid” (his words) to college superstar.

  4. says

    What a great idea to contact HP and hooray for HP for coming through. I don’t know a family with needs like Tammy’s but I will post this over at my place.

    Nice job, ladies.

  5. says

    This is SO generous of you. Wow and congratulations to Tammy on her dedication to her son and her new laptop! : )

    Thinking if I know anyone…

  6. says

    I don’t know anyone right now, but just wanted to say what an awesome thing!! You go girls!! Can’t wait to see who gets blessed with this one.

  7. says

    This story was so touching to me! My aunt realized similar difficulties with her little girl and I worked with many children who had special needs in a summer camp. The struggles are constant for these parents, but they are so dedicated to these sweet little ones that they just keep trucking on! A gift like this will definitely be life changing for someone!

    But I don’t know who. Will have to think on it!

  8. says

    Please check out my link above for my nomination for Lora. She’s about to go through a bone marrow transplant for CNS lymphoma which was diagnosed when she was 23 weeks pregnant with her 3rd child. Please read her story, because I know it’s changed me.

  9. says

    I don’t have a nomination. But just wanted to say to you gals at 5 minutes and HP thank you for changing someones life. To see a need and then ACT upon it, is a gift from above. Blessing to you.

  10. says

    Ooops wrong button. I will give this some serious thought. My lap top is my sanity life line to the outside world.

    Very best wishes and thank you for making this happen for Tammy and [who ever it’s going to be!]
    Cheers

  11. says

    Awesome! Thank you 5m and HP! I just love hearing stories like these. I can’t think of anyone who needs a laptop but I’m excited to see who gets it!

  12. says

    I don’t have anyone to nominate, but I will be posting about this on my blog, to try and spread the word if you will – what a great idea and congrats to Tammy – such a wonderful thing!

  13. says

    i put my post up. i am nominating my family, because my hubby is in college and it’s now a requirement to have a laptop. (we could never afford one) that story reallt touched me

  14. says

    Oh ladies, how amazing. What a blessing for Tammy and her family. And what a blessing for whoever gets the second one. You both are doing great work with your influence and reach. Keep up the great work.

    :–) Nell

  15. says

    I don’t have a nomination either, but I’m so pleased to see a corporation that responded so positively to your request and even went above and beyond! My son just purchased an HP laptop, and my other son is about to, and now I will. I was going back and forth, but you’ve made my mind up. If a corporation takes steps like this, they deserve my loyalty as a customer. Thank you for making us aware!!

  16. says

    I would like to nominate my friend K. She is a 30 year old mom of 5 who has overcome many difficulties in her life and is going to school to get her bachelor’s degree. She works so hard at everything she does and is such a good mom despite all the things she’s trying to juggle. She was a single mom with her first baby at 19, but has totally turned her life around and is a volunteer with an organization that helps young mothers access information, training and needed supplies. She is also very active in the children’s ministry at our church and her life is an encouragement and testimpny to so many people.

    She has managed to keep a 4.0 so far in college, but often has to leave her kids at home with family and friends so that she can go to the computer lab at school or to the non-profit where I work to use a computer and printer. A few weeks ago, she spent all day doing research at the library for a paper, but lost most of it because the printer was broken. Having a laptop and printer would enable her to work more from home and be able to use her time more productively so she could spend more time with her kids.

    They are VERY stretched financially because of her husband’s job situation, but she works very hard to make ends meet and is still very generous and shares what she has in every way she can. She and her family would be so blessed by this. Thanks!

  17. says

    I never knew a laptop could make me cry tears of joy. Thank you HP, and thank you Janice and Susan for approaching them with the idea. Tammy will indeed rule the world…well, maybe just the bloggy world, but still…

    And the giveaway rocks my world! Thanks HP! I knew I loved you and your products. Off to consider my nominee.

  18. says

    Janice, you should be proud of yourself for taking the initiative and using your resources to help Tammy. More and more I’m impressed with all the kindness of the blog community.

  19. Jennifer hiatt says

    Yay! For Tammy !! And huge kudos to HP.

    I want to remove myself from the nomination. When I read closer (after I voted), I realized it wasnt a voting for Tammy which I thought it was. There are more people much much more deserving than I.

  20. says

    I would like to nominate one of my MOPS moms…she’s my prayer partner right now, as we are both on the steering committee this year. C has had a hard life. She is the mother to five children, ranging in age from 13 to 4. The two youngest suffer from Lamellar Ichthyosis (this is a skin condition where the skin cells grow too fast, causing extreme flaking – their eyes are also affected, pulling the corners down and making them appear distorted – google the term for images). When the youngest, a girl, was born, C’s husband walked out. He’d had to deal with a son being born with it, and he didn’t have the guts to deal with another child having LI. These children have a lot of issues dealing with this condition – they can not sweat, so they overheat easily.

    The judgment from people who see these kids is horrible. My kids (bless their hearts) do not see the disease, they see the hearts and souls. People look at them as though they are contagious; I’ve even seen young children pull their friends away. C has not been able to afford to put the youngest in preschool this year; the only “free” school in the area isn’t the best and has a long waiting list.

    It’s been hardest on C, who really only wanted to be a great mom to her kids, but now she must be mom and dad to all five. She was not working, determined to be a homeschooling mom, but realized there was no way for her to do this and provide for her children. She has a job that meets the basic necessities. She and her kids live in a low-rent area, and with children entering middle school, I know a laptop and printer are far beyond her means.

  21. says

    I have no nomination, just wanted to say thanks so much for the generosity to this family. And thanks for starting a contest to donate another one to someone else. THIS stuff is why I keep coming back over and over!

  22. says

    I’d like to nominate my sister Rachel and brother Philip. These two are going to college together to save money (the University was not Rachel’s first choice), where they will be renting an apartment and paying all their own living expenses and tuition. These two have been living at home, helping my parents take care of 3 younger siblings and an elderly, infirmed grandmother who lives with the family. Both of them hold jobs but they continue to help the family, without pay, with the janitorial job that helps make ends meet. This is in addition to paying rent while they live at home. They also are active in volunteering their time at church and help organize events for families in the community. They both demonstrate selflessness and a dedication to family and to excellence in their pursuits. Both are talented musicians who work very hard at their art.
    They would be thrilled to have a computer, and would gladly share it between them.
    I am very proud of my siblings and I wish them the best of success at school. I know they will work hard to achieve it.
    Thanks to HP for their generosity – this is a great idea!

  23. says

    Okay having read through all the entries on there, while there are so many that touched my heart, I think if I could choose I’d give the second laptop to Life Is Like A Mountain Railway – her request is on the other side of the spectrum – a case of education costs & time affecting the family, as opposed to the Special Needs families also facing great economic and emotional strain, but her story is no less deserving in my opinion than Tammy’s – what a great opportunity to help a family in the midst of doing all they possibly can for each other and truly making it easy for her husband to stick with his education and persue his dreams.
    Just my two cents.

  24. Go Amie says

    HP and you guys are so amazing! I would like to nominate the “My Sister Friends House”, aka “Mita Maske Ti Ki”. They are a safety services and advocacy program working to end domestic violence and child abuse in South Dakota. Unfortunately many of their grants have recently fallen through, and they need to raise money quickly to stay open. I know that if they had this laptop, they could increase their online visibility and raise more money. In the longer term, it would help them to maintain their programs more efficiently, and let them spend money budgeted for technology on other, pressing needs.

    http://mysisterfriendshouse.blogspot.com/

  25. Laura says

    I vote for Christina who was nominated by Renee at Life With My Special Ks. She is truly a super mom who would benefit greatly from this contest!

  26. says

    Opps. My brain seems to have run away. I added my link thinking it was the wordless wednesday post.

    That is so great that HP has helped out like that. I’m sure you’ll find someone very deserving.

  27. says

    Thankfully, I don’t know anyone off the top of my head who is need. But how awesome of HP to do this. And to u for asking!! That Parker is quite a cutie.

  28. Laura says

    I would like to nominate my husband for the laptop and printer.

    My husband works two jobs so that I can stay home with my 5 year old son who has autism. Our son has been kicked out of daycare, sent home from preschool, and suffered numerous ridicule from children and adults. Therefore, it became necessary for one of us to stay home with him.

    In order for this to happen, we cut way back on all our bills. My husband no longer could eat lunch out, play games with his friends, etc.

    This fall, he will be taking college night classes in order to have a chance at a brighter job. We can not afford to purchase a computer; but, he will desperately need one.

    Furthermore, my son would benefit from specialized speech and language software that could be installed.

    We could really use a burst of sunshine in our gloomy day!

  29. says

    This is such a great giveaway. I nominated my sister. She is 23 and recently had a stroke. It was so unexpected and completely changed her and my family forever. She is doing wonderfully and recovering but she can’t do all that her neurologists asks because she doesn’t have access to a computer. It is also very difficult for us because we live 2 hours away from her and we can’t keep in touch with pictures and emails like we need to. This laptop would also give her the opportunity to research medicines, doctors and treatments that she doesn’t know about. She was uninsured at the time of her medical crisis and has had a hard time accessing information.

    Thank you to HP for giving a laptop to Tammy and her family and for making this opportunity possible.

  30. Rachel Skulstad says

    I am seconding Sarah’s nomination for Lora Kesselhohn. Sarah’s blog is The Mommylogues (Link #3).

    Lora’s is such an amazing story. If I had time right now I would describe it, but just click on Sarah’s link (again, link #3) and she describes Lora’s miraculous story.

  31. says

    You have used your connections in a wonderful way! Parker is a very handsome young man!! I really admire Tammy. You have made a huge difference in her life, I am sure! :)

  32. says

    I nominate AZ Chapman, a young teen self-advocate who has contributed to the blog world in an amazing way.

    And I congratulate the wonderful Tammy! whoo hoo!

  33. says

    I am voting for Sarah’s nomination for Lora Kesselhohn. Sarah’s blog is The Mommylogues (Link #3). I think Lora deserves the laptop :)

  34. says

    I vote for Christina…nominated by Renee at Life with My Special Ks.

    Great idea!! Thank you for taking the time to do this. HP makes me proud that both my husband I purchased HP for our education and work needs last year.

  35. says

    I feel like a heel nominating myself, but, I think once I get my story out, you’ll understand why I am.

    My husband and I are supporting our three kids as well as my parents. My mother is a breast cancer survivor, my dad has COPD and is on full time oxygen. I have fibromyalgia, as well as endometriosis, PTSD from multiple traumas, bipolar disorder, and other illnesses. I am also a domestic violence survivor. This all plays into who I am nominating, so please bear with me.

    I have three children, my oldest son is 10, and will be a 5th grader this year, my daughter is 7, and will be second grader, and my youngest son is 5, and will start kindergarten.

    My older two children are both also survivors of domestic violence, my son moreso than his sister, as she was a toddler when we escaped. He was also for the most part, the primary target of my ex-husband’s abuse. Because of this, my son has PTSD, anxiety issues, and other issues. On top of this, we were told last year that he has Asperger’s Disorder, a form of highly functioning autism, as well as the moderate ADHD that he was diagnosed with when he was 4. My son’s teacher last year told us that he needs to have an IEP (an individualized education plan) for a laptop, but the school didn’t approve it. We have seen over the last two school years that his work does improve greatly when he can do his work on a computer instead of having to write everything out, but we can’t afford a laptop for him, because we’re trying to support a family of seven people on our income.

    I just want my son to be able to do well in school NOW and to be able to be successful in school NOW, so that when he moves up to middle school, he can move up with the confidence that he can do it. Right now, he’s pretty convinced that he can’t.

  36. says

    I’m nominating the Vara family at the Pray for Abbie blog. They have been through a lot the past few years and I know this would bless them immensely. I put the link above and you all can read about their journey.

  37. says

    We have linked up. Thank you so much for your generosity. This is so awesome. Well we have a story on our blog and we thought this family is very deserving. Please read about them. They just said goodbye to their mother on August 11th at her funeral. We don’t know the family personally, we heard about them on our local news and have reached out to the community for their support. A Laptop and Printer would be so very cool and exciting for them. Thank you for this opportunity!

    Jarrod Joseph and Bree from CVA

  38. Mama to 2 A's says

    I vote for I vote for Christina (nominated by Renee at Life with My Special Ks)!!!!! that is a very inspirational story, and I know that without my laptop I would be lost and we don’t depend on our computer for many Important things just for fun. This is such a wonderful gift.

  39. says

    I just read this and feel so moved and incredibly grateful. My situation isn’t great, but it is certainly nothing to complain about when I look around at others. I will think about who to nominate. For now, I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for sharing. Parker and his family (mommy especially) are in my prayers.

  40. says

    Pay it Forward and I love it! Thank you for what you are doing. When my daughter was dx with cancer we were inpatient more times than I would like to remember….this 6 years ago when laptops were waaaay too costly and we would have to wait to come home and post an update about our daughter’s progress. There was one computer at the hospital that all the parents could “share”…needless to say you could never get on.- I didn’t want to post this on my blog, but I would like to nominate a fellow parent of a child with cancer…he went through 3 years of daily chemo treatment only to relapse a month later. He is now undergoing 2 more years of daily chemotherapy treatment and is currently inpatient- he could use the laptop to watch DVDs and his mother could update from the hospital room. He also has a new baby sister so mom is in way over her head. Here is 6 year old Logan’s site: http://logansbravejourney.blogspot.com

    Bless you for helping others!

  41. Liz says

    I started out reading “Once Upon A Time There Was A Retard…” before coming to this post. While reading this post, my 6 year old daughter was looking at the photos of Parker. She pointed to the one in the crib and I was ready with my explanation for the tube. To my surprise she said “Hey, he has the same stuffed animal as I do!” She was really excited about that. Then following that statement, she got a serious look on her face, pointed to the picture again and (once again I’m ready with my explanation), she says “He looks like he is big enough for a big boy bed.” He is accepted.

    I am e-mailing my nomination to you. Thanks for the chance.

  42. says

    I want to nominate a student whom I work with in youth ministry. She is the eldest of 8 children and will be starting college in the fall. The father was laid off his job and is currently working a temp job, but it clearly is not enough. This family of 10 lives in a single wide mobile home which they have obviously outgrown. At this point moving is just not an option – the funds just aren’t there. Having any funds for anything extra is pretty non-existent. I know this student will be blessed tremendously.

  43. says

    I echo what Sarah said in #11. I nominate Lora who is undergoing a bone marrow transplant. I have personally had my own bone marrow transplant 10 years ago and understand how difficult it can be. Please read her story.

  44. Beth Lennox says

    I vote for Christina and Kallie (nominated by Renee). Christina is making so many life changes for the betterment of her family, she really needs the computer to maintain her job.

    What a wonderful way to bless a struggling family!

  45. says

    What a wonderful story! I don’t have a nomination. I do have an HP laptop that I love and after reading this story; the next one will be too.

    Good Job!!

  46. says

    I want to nominate a beautiful woman named Brandi. She and her husband Randy have 5 wonderful kids ranging from ages about 10 to about 4. Yep, that’s right, 5 kids in 6 years. When their youngest child Miles was born, he was perfectly healthy. At seven weeks old he died in his sleep from SIDS. They were able to find him and rescucitate him, but not before his brain was terribly damaged. They divide their time between taking the best care of Miles, loving their other 4 kids like crazy, having a life group in their home for our church, Randy owns his own business and more than I can name. Brandi is an amazing writer, she is going back to school at 30 years old. At this very moment, Miles is back in the hospital and her laptop crashed so she has no way to keep us up to speed. This gift would be an incredible blessing. And she just deserves the best. I want her to have the best.

  47. says

    Hi! I am nominating my husband as a man who has an extraordinary need and deserves more than I am able to give him. We are a family of five. He is in graduate school and I stay home to care for and school our three children.

    Three years ago, before we moved to TX, I bought him a lap top as a gift for going back to school. While in Seminary he has been holding down 3 jobs simultaneously – Teacher, Security Officer, and Full Time Graduate Student.

    Some people call him Superman, but since that title is taken, I will call him Renaissance Man. Not only is he the hardest working man I know, he never complains about how many hours he has to work even when he is completely exhausted. He leaves for his teaching position at 7am, attends classes in the afternoon, and then goes off to his security job before getting home at 1:30 AM the next morning!

    He manages to juggle all of his responsibilities without leaving his family in debt of spending time with him. School is one of his passions in life and he would go the rest of his life given the chance! Fortunately, for us, he only has a couple of years left.

    His laptop is dying and we cannot afford to fix it with the frugal budget we have to live on. He has tried to fix the ole gal but she’s not getting better, she is pretty sick and he doesn’t give her much time to live.

    Because of his teaching job and his own classes, he uses his lap top everyday. I would give anything to give him another laptop that will carry him the rest of the way through school and beyond because he has worked harder for his family than any man I know.

    Thank you,

    Rebecca

  48. says

    I want to second the nomination for Brandi (that Francesca made). She is a blessing to many and a great Mom to her 5 children. She has spent so much time at hospitals since Miles’ injury that it is very hard to imagine her being able to go without one for very long… especially with going back to school in the next few weeks. Please consider them for your giveaway.

  49. says

    I’m a single-again Mama of a 4 1/2 year old little girl. Being single again means having to work a lot more to make ends meet. I began my own photography business but have to go to my parents to work on my website, edit photos and burn CDs for clients. Have a laptop/printer at home would greatly increase my ability to obtain clients, work on photos and would definitely increase the money coming into the house.

  50. Rachel says

    I also know Brandi (Francesca’s nomination) and it’s hard to even put into words the kind of family they are.

    Since Miles’ stuff started, they have gone through many hospital stays, eye surgery trying to help him see, botox treatments trying to loosen up his muscles, a standing frame to stretch him out, a hip that wouldn’t stay in place, which lead to a spica cast (a cast from right under his arms all the way down to his feet) for 2 months, leg braces, body suits, feeding issues. . . the list could go on.

    But through it all, Miles has been a blessing to them. He can’t talk. He can’t walk. He can’t give them a hug, but he is an amazing part of that family and it is obvious that they are crazy in love with him and so is anyone that meets him.

    The funny thing is that Brandi is such an encourager. She can be with Miles in the hospital and I’ll get a text message of encouragement. Random cards show up in my mailbox of her encouraging me. The one who probably needs encouragement the most is encouraging me. When I read that her laptop crashed and I saw this opportunity, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to encourage her.

    What a great thing that you are doing!

  51. says

    I am choosing to nominate my Husband. I will post on my blog for the reasons as to why. I hope it is him that gets picked. And huge congratulations to Tammy and her family. And thank you guys for doing this for us and many thanks to HP as well.

  52. says

    I just have to say #5 is my friend Carrie, and I can’t agree more with her nomination of her husband. All of you can imagine what it is like to have 3 little rugrats running around while studying after a long day of work. Imagine the frustration of being on a slow computer that is seconds away from crashing. I can vouch for the amazingness of this family. And I hope you would strongly consider Carrie’s hubby for this wonderful gift!

  53. says

    This is wonderful. I was once in a room full of 200 people where people stood up and said what they needed. Others stood up and offered to solve their problems. Everyone in that room got taken care of by the end of the day. It was eye-opening. This post about the laptops and blogging in general reminded of that day.

  54. says

    I would love to nominate Kori’s husband from Life of a CFer’s wife. He is dying of stage for recurrent colon cancer and is struggling to deal with the everyday challenges of being a young dad who is dying. I pray things will turn around for him, but I know this would lift his spirits. He has his own blog, but it’s been neglected because it’s hard for him to sit up for too long. A laptop would be something he could use while lying down. Please consider him for your contest. I’m sure it would bless he and his family greatly.

  55. says

    i nominate kori’s husband, richard. he has cystic fibrosis and cancer and could use it while in the hospital! I think what you are doing is great!

  56. says

    I would like to nominate Kori’s husband Richard. Ever since I was 13 this family has become my family! Richard or Dad as I know call him is my second father! I can tell him anything and everything and I know he is there supporting me all the way!! Thank you for this contest!

  57. says

    I would like to nominate my daughter Sarah. She is an extraordinary young woman. As a child she had struggled to fit in because she has hearing lose. Other kids her age could not understand her problems and often she was left out. But she did not let it get her down. She was 7 years old before she heard birds chirping and the sound of crickets and tree frogs. of course this scared her terribly. Thru school she had such a battle with grades. She did not hear the teachers well and often got the wrong answers because of this. But now she has found new was to help her and she is an honor student. She will be finishing high school soon and getting ready to leave us for colledge. my husband and I are both disabled and are living on fixed incomes. We wanted so much to get her a laptop to help her with her schooling but we are unable to find the extra money. Sarah is truelly an exceptional child. She could have given into the tempation to give up and get by. But to her this was not an option. She has complete deafness in one ear and is gradually losing the hearing in her other. She said “Mom I want to learn all I can while I can hear so that way I will be that much farther ahead when I can’t”. I think that is so inspiring! I wish I had half of her determination. So please consider her for the HP. It would help her so much!

  58. says

    I would like to nominate my friend Rebecca. She is a single mom of 4 kids and also helping raise her two grandsons. Her youngest daughter has Down Syndrome and she has helped so many of us build beautiful blogs who are apart of the Down Syndrome community– Donating several hours of her time. Unfortunately, her computer decided to take a hike and she can longer do this. Her computer was also one of her sources of income as well. We all miss Rebecca’s own blog and her special writing and pictures and we want her back! A new computer to her would be a dream come true!

  59. Shawn says

    I would like to vote for Kate because I’ve known her “real-live” for nearly 15 years. Her blog tells only part of her story but what she feels free to write about is plenty. I have watched her persevere through some horrendous struggles yet she just keeps going and going and going (because someone has to). I know she would put that laptop to good use and it would be a real blessing to her family. It may not undo her kidlets’ problems but it would definitely make aspects of her life easier. Thank you for making this opportunity available.

    In the spirit of the entry made by #76, maybe more could be done. Sharing these entries with other organizations might garner others to share freely from the blessings they enjoy…if they just knew these families existed. I would like to extend His blessings to those involved in this worthy endeavor…they deserve it.

    Thanks again. :o) Shawn

  60. Megan says

    I would like to nominate my mom, Kate, to receive the laptop.

    I am the oldest of 7 children in a family where every child has multiple medical “issues”. Among my siblings and myself, there are 7 with a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, 4 diagnosed on the autism spectrum, 5 with Chiari Malformation Type 1, 4 with Tethered Cord Syndrome, 1 with Spina Bifida who is also g-tube dependent & 1 with PCOS.

    Our family’s neurosurgeon, orthopedist, urologist & gastroenterologist are 300 miles from our home, so my mom takes a lot of trips north to get kids to the specialists. Then there are the hospitalizations. A lot of them. For example, there have been 3 brain surgeries, 3 spinal cord surgeries and 4 abdominal surgeries just in the past year for my youngest brother (who turned 2 in March). I have 2 siblings who are going to have spinal cord surgery and 2 who are facing brain surgery in the near future. Surgeries and long hospitalizations happen frequently and since my dad has to work, my mom is the one who takes care of all the medical stuff.

    My mom is going to have to start taking kids to New York and Maryland (we live in Oregon) to see the specialists there (at The Chiari Institute) because our connective tissue disorder makes the chiari & tethered cord problems so complicated that it’s gone beyond what our general neurosurgeon can deal with.

    Did I mention that my mom homeschools all of us kids, too? =D

    If she had a laptop, it would enable her to stay in contact with the family & with friends when she is at the hospital with a child. She could update her blog every day, multiple times a day if necessary, to let the people who read it (it’s private at this time) know what was going on so they would know what to be praying for. Often, my mom doesn’t have the time to sit and talk on the phone when she’s up at the hospital, which means that people don’t know what’s happening. Also, having to repeat the same information over and over gets tiring for her, especially when she’s trying to take care of a hurting kiddo. Even though the hospital has a computer room, she rarely gets to go there because she can’t leave my sibling’s bedside very often. If she had a laptop, she could update from the hospital room & everyone would be happy because they’d have information.

    If you would consider my mom for the laptop, I would be very appreciative.

    Megan P.

  61. Camille W says

    I would like to nominate my brother “Charles”, he and my sister in law had their first born son this last December and he has already undergone two open heart surgeries. “Porter” their son has a very rare condition which is a re corrected trans-posed heart. I do not have all the details to explain the condition to you exactly (it is very technical medical jargon), but I can tell you that he has been on a feeding tube since birth, has a pace maker, and is on oxygen. They have started a blog to update family and friends on Porter’s condition, because he is not able to go out among people very much at all. He has been able to get out a few times this Summer because of the good weather, but once September hits they will be staying indoors until next Summer. They are hoping that by avoiding a lot of people they can keep him healthy and strong to prepare him for yet another surgery that is scheduled for sometime around his second birthday.
    My brother is a full time student, and full time worker with his wife staying at home. He wakes up at 4:30-5:00 a.m. to start his early shift of work so that he can finish up with enough time to be at school in the afternoons. He is hoping to graduate this next Spring, but will have to switch his schedule around so that he will not be able to be at home as much to fit in all of the classes that are required of him his Senior year.
    All of the medical bills have been very taxing and have put a lot of pressure on my brother to provide for the family. He does have a lap top that he takes with him to school, but this does leave his wife all day without to have access to in any given room that she may be with Porter that day.
    They are very optimistic in hoping that they can get Porter on track to be able to finish his third and last surgery, but he is having a hard time with keeping his food down and they are unsure why. Because of this they are still trying out different medicines and processes to keep it all together. My sister-in-law has found comfort from keeping in touch with her friends that she met at the hospital who have similar heart conditions with their infants. Because of being home bound her number one form of this communication with family and friends is through the internet. Thank you for your consideration, and I am so happy to hear that there is a company who cares enough to help people in serious conditions. Thank you.
    Camille

  62. says

    I got tears when I read that you helped this mother like this and knew who I wanted to nominate. My friend, Tina Newson, yes, we share the same name-Tina!She is a CF lady and is in the hospital alot and is needing a a double lung transplant.

  63. says

    I got tears when I read that you helped this mother like this and knew who I wanted to nominate. My friend, Tina Newson, yes, we share the same name-Tina!She is a CF lady and is in the hospital alot and is needing a a double lung transplant. Thanks so much for considering her.

  64. says

    I can’t say my life situation is as dire as Parker’s mom’s, but a laptop is something I think about every single day.

    I’m a WAHM. I’m self employed as a doula. I’ve had two clients since January. I’ve only been at it for two years, so that’s why I’m not getting many clients.

    My husband works at a job that doesn’t pay well, but it’s something he loves. When we had our second child last year, we underestimated how it would impact our lives financially.

    I had massive problems breastfeeding. A few hundred dollars worth of medicine later, I finally went to formula full time. Even buying the less expensive stuff made me choke at the expense. I had breastfed my first son successfully, so this expense was a real burden we hadn’t anticipated.

    We started having trouble buying groceries so I got frugal. In fact, we went vegetarian at home because meat is rather expensive.

    Then, in January, after buying a new tire (blow out on Christmas Eve between uncle’s and great granny’s house) and a new battery, the starter went on the car. It’s been sitting idle in the driveway ever since. Heck, if it were running, we probably wouldn’t be driving anyway!

    I have a blog for my business and I started another blog that I really think could have legs. I love writing it, but I rarely have time. (There is actually a minipost on the bottom of the front page asking for anyone’s old used laptop, if they were considering getting rid of one.)

    The computer is in the kitchen, at the opposite end of our apartment from where my boys play. Whenever I sit at the computer, the baby goes straight to the garbage can and starts pulling stuff out. Or he tries crawling under the desk and goes for the wires.

    At least once a day I think: if only I had a laptop, I could sit in the living room and type while the kids play in a safe place. I could focus on writing and increasing readership so that I could attract advertisers. I could work on promoting my business online and attract more clients. Maybe I could even do some more freelance writing and earn money that way, like I used to do before I had kids.

    So, my problems aren’t glamorous, but a laptop would absolutely increase my quality of life, allowing me to work more often and with more focus.

    I humbly submit my own family for consideration.

  65. says

    My post is up, #33. If I had the laptop and printer I could work again from home so that I could take care of my son and myself (and my daughter) financially and physically.

  66. Louisa says

    My heart breaks for Kori so I would love her to win the laptop for Richard. Everyone’s stories are very moving. If only there we 35 laptops to give away!

  67. says

    I want to also nominate Brandi (francesca’s nominee) to win the laptop. Brandi is so beautiful in the way she lives her life and truly exemplifies Christ’s love in the way she loves all of her friends. My favorite thing about Brandi is that even though she has a son that requires a lot of attention, she doesn’t ever make the other 4 children (or husband) feel like they’re forgotten. Through all of her circumstances, she still praises God and His goodness. Oh! And she introduced me to Jesus too. That’s another reason I love her so much.

  68. says

    I don’t know of anyone to nominate, I appoligize for linking in the box above for I do not have a story to tell…or a nominee to nominate EXCEPT FOR LINK NUMBER 3 WICH IS WELL WORTH THE VOTE…

    I just want to say how wonderful you are for doing what you have done. Congrats to Tammy on her new computer, But…Tammy, My heart goes out to you and I commend you on your strengths!!!

  69. says

    My son-in-law’s brother and wife, Justin and Jennifer Hall, had a baby one year ago. He was born at 23 weeks premature. He has never left the hospital, and is a fighter. He celebrates his first birthday in September, and the doctors are saying he may come home by Christmas. Jennifer is an amazing momma, and her heart has been touched by people who encourage her at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/drakehall.
    I would love to nominate this family. For the past year Jennifer and her hubby have dealt with this privately and with family, but the Internet has opened doors to communicate with others who have struggled with the same issues, and who link together with them in encouragement. A new laptop would allow her to use it while she’s at the hospital with Drake, and to upload and submit photos and videos of her beautiful baby boy.

  70. says

    I would love to nominate my daughter, Julia, to have a laptop given to her. She is only 5, but she has a brain disorder, called schizencephaly, that has left her without speech. She was born with the disorder and has struggled to communicate. We have taught her sign language and the school district has purchased her a vantage/vanguard communication device. This is a great talking box, as we call it, but the school does not allow her to bring it home or have it over vacations. A new laptop would make it easier for her to communicate with us and others out in our community. We would be grateful for the opportunity of getting this valuable communication tool for her.

  71. Terrill says

    I’d like to nominate my friend Sherry. She is an amazing woman who has had a real string of losing loved ones this last year, including her grandmother, a close friend and father in law.

    Sherry has blessed the moms in our church for years by taking care of our kids during the weekly moms group and served as a leader for our teen girls group. At home, she is raising three phenomenal young women, having home schoole them while working as a nurse and taking in foster children.

    Her husband, Mike, bakes fresh bread for every communion service and for the pastor to take to visitors to our church. He is always able to lend a hand when the other men need to move anything.

    All of the girls have babysat for us, at 12, Mel was the only one I felt could handle my 17 month old and one month old! All of the girls are willing to hang out with a four or five year old. The oldest two are now done high school and with university starting, they really do need one – they have never owned a computer.

  72. says

    My vote is for Stacey Hay.
    Her 5 yr old is one amazing little girl that tries so hard to communicate with the world. Stacey is an amazing mom of 5 kids! And to this day I don’t understand why Julia’s school will not allow her to communicate using the talk box they bought. This laptop would open new doors for Julia and help her to interact with typical peers.

  73. says

    Awesome of HP!!! I’m so touched by your gift to Tammy…could anyone need a laptop more? Wow, what a story, and what a great mom for Parker.

    Thanks for being an inspiration!

  74. says

    I had this on my blog but needed to take it off of there for now.

    My friends, Tom and Tina N. need a laptop! I will tell you why. Tina has Cystic Fibrosis! She just turned 40 and she spent her birthday in the hospital with a collapsed lung! She borrowed a laptop from a friend for part of the time but her friend uses it for work so Tina couldn’t have it all the time. She gets so bored in the hospital as she hates watching TV all the time and gets tired of reading after so many days of waiting. She is again now back in the hospital with problems because of the collapsed lung and nothing to do while she waits!

    She is on the list to get a new set of lungs. Because of the lung collapsing she is moved up and this is getting to be higher on the priority. They have started a fund raiser to raise the needed money for the surgery.

    Tom is one of our route guys for the ministry of Choice Books. They don’t make much money…and they homeschool their two kids, ages 12 and 8. The other day when Tom was to the warehouse, I noticed he wasn’t his talkative self like he usually is. I asked him if he is ok and he broke down and started to cry. He is very worried about his wife…how all the finances will work out…how the surgery for the new lung will go…how his kids will do with all this, etc. He has mentioned many times if only his wife, Tina, had a laptop- being in the hospital wouldn’t be so hard for her. She has pushed herself all her life to keep going even though living with CF is hard. So being laid up in a hospital bed is very hard for her.

    I think it would be a real faith booster for them if you would find them eligible for a laptop! I got tears in my eyes when I read of you all wanting to bless someone with a laptop I immediately thought of my friends, Tom and Tina N.

    I can give you the links to their blogs if you want to read about them to make sure they are for real.

    Email me at tinajewel@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like anymore info about them.

    Thanks so much 5 Minutes for Mom for considering them for this gifting and blessing.
    Their friend,
    TinaJewel M.

  75. says

    I would also like to vote for Kate (from post 85 by her daughter Megan). Kate’s my best friend, and she does a fabulous job dealing with all of her children’s medical problems. She has the kind of patience and persistence that I can only pray for. This laptop would be a blessing to her and her family.

  76. Judith says

    My daughter has 5 children, 10,9,7,6,4. The 4 yr old has a seizure disorder. He has had grand mal seizures about one every 3 weeks. But he has had petite mal seizures as many as 50 per day. He is on a very strong dosage of medication, which is very expensive. He needs constant monitoring. If he has even a petite mal he will lose his muscle control for as little as 3 seconds. That means that his legs will crumble if he is walking, or his body goes limp if he is sitting. He has so many bruises from falling or crashing into the table or falling off a chair.
    The 9 year old boy is a learning problem, the school system has not properly addressed the problem. So my daughter home schools him. (she is a certified teacher).
    Money is very tight for my daughter and her family. My son-in-law started his own business 3 years ago but with the economy the way it is he just couldn’t keep it going. So just 2 weeks ago he went to work for an employer.
    The 10,7,6 year olds need a computer for school work. It would be great for them to have the laptop. Right now they come to me to use my computer. This computer is not for chat rooms, or emails or games, they need it for school.

  77. says

    I don’t know how you are going to choose, but my vote goes for Kori. I don’t know what I would do without my husband. She is facing a tough reality, and I know this computer would make Richard’s life easier.

  78. says

    I will share about your (and HP’s) generous plan on my blog at http://www.HarvestingHope.blogspot.com

    It feels rather presumputous to even ask, but if I could add my own name to the list of consideration, a laptop would be a huge blessing! I’m a homeschooling mom, author, blogger, and work from home. My current book project is a devotional book of encouragement for those living with chronic pain and illness. I’ve lived with a chronic illness for the past 18 years and have many days where I spend much of the day in bed, even homeschooling my kids from bed.

    We are blessed that I do have a desktop computer, but often it’s hard/painful to sit up and work here, or it’s too exhausting to come look things up I want to share with the kids for school. I’ve frequently prayed for a laptop so that I can still do these things when I’m too sick to do them otherwise. I just haven’t been able to work a laptop into the family’s budget. I’m sure there are many needs much more pressing than mine, but since you are open to self-nominations, I wanted to at least ask. Thank you for your consideration.

  79. says

    This would make a world of difference for me and my family. I am currently borrowing my husband’s work computer (ie, I’m not supposed to be using this). But without a computer I am completely cut off from the world and my best friend who is over seas working in the mission field.

    I have been doing alot of writing lately and some have even asked me to write some articles for them. If I didn’t have access to my husband’s computer I wouldn’t be able to do this. The thing is, I don’t have acess to his work computer very often. When I do have it, I have to try to write something meaningful and deal with the everyday things of life like cooking dinner, bathing my daughter, and getting ready for bed. By the time I’ve done all of that my brain is drained from most anything creative.

    I had surgery a few months ago and the recovery has been painful and achingly slow. When I try to write it is usually when I am curled up in bed or on the sofa. Also, I have a migraine/seizure disorder, so working from home is my only real option. I’m actually considering becoming a Mary Kay consultant. I need to have a computer and printer to make that transition.

    I hate asking for things but if there were ever anything that I needed more right now it would be this giveaway. My husband can quit worrying about the computer his office has loaned him and clean out all the articles I’ve been typing. I could use these items to launch a home based busness that will help provide some much needed income for my family.

    Please consider me for this giveaway. Winning this would change my life and the lives of my family. Thank you for considering me.

  80. says

    I would like to nominate my husband. He is one of the hardest working men I know, trying his best to provide for our family… a wife (me) and 3 children ages 8, 6, and 2. He works at least 60 hours a week, and has recently started to go back to school. His schooling is all online, through a regional accredited college. Here is our problem, our only computer is a desk top…. and pretty old (and very slow). Also, the location of the desk top is not ideal, as it is in the center of the home were there are children playing, and wanting daddy’s attention. Which makes it hard for him to focus on school (and there is really no were else for the desk top to go). A lap top would be a huge blessing for my husband and his education, as well as for our family.
    Thank you for considering my husband.

  81. says

    I second Amy Flege’s nomination for Rebecca – as a single mom and grandma she could really use a new laptop – especially since building blogs was a way she could earn a little extra money.

  82. kim turner says

    Talk about lives being changed, ours would certainly be changed. With 5 kids and a husband living in a hotel room for a little over a year, and never seeming to get enough ahead to do anything extra for us or our kids this would really make things easier.

  83. says

    I am nominating my dear friend Rebecca [who was also nominated by Amy] as she is a woman who faces challenges and adversity with dignity and grace and always gives of herself selflessly to help others. She created my website and I know that her ability to create places for others to share their journy’s through the Internet touches so many lives. Her talent for creating blogs is also a sorce of revenue for her as she is a single Mother who is raising not only her children, but her grandchildren.

    I know that there are so many people who deserve such a beautiful gift, but Rebecca stands out clearly in my mind as one person who would use this gift to help others.

    Peace and love, Tara Marie

  84. says

    I linked to my post, but this person runs a volunteer ministry from her home 70 hours a week and has only a desktop that is failing to work from. She has two sons, one with Down syndrome, and works so many hours to bring many other kids with Down syndrome home from countries where they face a life in a mental institution. And all of that– she does without any pay. A laptop would make the world of difference- check out my blog for the rest of the info about this momma with a passion :)

  85. says

    I agree 100% with the nomination listed in number 46. My family has personally reaped the blessings(twice!) from this ministry and the selfless hours of work that is put into it. During our adoption process, the director was with us 100%, even to the point of calling us while we were overseas. She works long hours all through the week and the only thing she asks for in return is that the homecomings page of the organizations website is full of children who are home with their forever families. A laptop would make her life easier and her ministry even more effective.

  86. says

    I agree that #46 should win. She helped me to bring home my new son! She is a very selfless person who goes out of her way to help find homes for orphans with special needs! Pick her, pick her!

  87. Heather says

    I also agree with Meredith. I have 2 special needs kids of my own, both adopted domestically not through the woman she is nominating, and I understand how much This incredible woman works for the kids she is trying to help. I have followed her story since the beginning of her ministry a few years ago, and she amazes me with her commitment and her dedication to helping other. The fact that she does all of this with a substandard computer with no sound card, AND takes care of her 2 children, one with special needs, is incredible to me. I vote for the woman that Meredith nominated! A new laptop and printer would make a huge difference not only in her life, but in the lives of hundreds of other people, many of them children with special needs who need families.

  88. Christina says

    I would like to support the nomination of “Meredith.” The woman that runs this ministry is an absolute blessing to all of the children and families that she helps. I had no idea she was doing everything she does “tied down” to a desk! I cannot imagine how she gets it all done! A laptop for her would be a huge blessing not only in helping her manage her own two children (one with special needs), but also to the 100’s of children with special needs that she helps to being home to forever families.

  89. sharon says

    I would like to support the person Meredith nominated, the woman who runs a special-needs adoption ministry out of her home. A gift to her would help not just her, but thousands of suffering children and the families that are trying to give them a loving home. Your generous gift would be amazingly magnified! Thank you!

  90. Lori says

    I would also like to support the nomination of Meredith #46. The director of this ministry is an amazing woman. She is available to answer questions about the ministry almost 24 hours a day it seems. We are in the middle of our adoption of two special needs children that we found through this ministry and she has been wonderful, answering all of my millions of questions as soon as I ask them. What she does for these children is absolutely wonderful. Having a laptop would be wonderful for her and the ministry and it would affect so many people in such a positive way. As other people have mentioned she has two young sons of her own, one of them special needs, and I don’t know how she does what she does, but I am grateful to her for everything she does! Thank you.

  91. says

    I would also like to support the nomination made by “Meredith.” Without this amazing woman and her ministry, our beautiful son would not be a part of our family. She has changed countless lives through her selfless devotion to these children with special needs. I cannot think of anyone more deserving or more in need of this fantastic gift.

  92. Kelley says

    Please count my support for Meredith’s nomination. I have been following the journey’s of a few people she has helped bring their children home. She is such a blessing and could benefit so much from this blessing. It would help keep her giving to many more families as well.

  93. says

    Meredith’s nominee gets my vote…She has spent hours answering my emails, my phone calls, walking me through the very scary and intense process of special needs adoption. I am forever indebted to her, I have a beautiful little daughter with Down Syndrome whom I am crazy about, thanks to the wonderful ministry this woman runs….without pay….all by herself. She definitely deserves this award. Thank you!

  94. Julie says

    I agree with Meredith. Without this amazing woman and her profound heart for her work, many children would be without homes and I would have never known that half my heart is across the world.

  95. June Berger says

    I would like to nominate Meredith’s nominee. This is a woman with two children of her own, one with Down Syndrome and another young son. Yet she spends at least 70 hours a week helping other families bring home their children with special needs. She devotes much time looking for grants for these special children, in the hopes of helping cover the high costs of adoption so loving families can bring these children home. These children have a strong advocate in their corner and they don’t know it.

    Her life would be so much easier if she had an updated/portable computer. She would be able to help more children and spend more time with her own!

    She has helped me bring home one of my children and is helping me bring home another. She does all of this for NOTHING! She is a one of a kind person who has a heart for adoption of special needs children. She is the most worthy person I could ever imagine. I hope she gets this awesome lap top and printer!

  96. Holly says

    I would like to nominate Meredith, at Cornish Adoption Journey’s, nominee. She is giving of her time and talents to make the world a better place for children and families around the globe. The gift of a laptop would give her the tools she needs to do even more for more people.

  97. says

    I agree with Meredith! The director of this adoption ministry is a selfless woman who assist other families in rescuing children with Down Syndrome from all over the world!

  98. Bruce says

    I would like to nominate Meredith’s nominee, from Cornish Adoption Journey. I now have two new grandchildren (both with Down’s) that are simply wonderful. Because of her dedication, many children are being brought home to loving families. She doesn’t just the help with identifying and locating children, but also helping raise funds for all aspects of the adoption of the children.

  99. Stacy H says

    I would like to nominate Meredith’s nominee as well. She’s an amazing lady with a wonderful mission. I feel she’s very deserving.

  100. says

    Hello everyone! What an awesome thing to do for someone! I would like to put my note towards Kori’s husband, Richard. He has CF and Cancer and this would help him to be able to work on his blog or busy himself with something while laying in a comfortable position. Kori is #26 on this post. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  101. Angie says

    I wholeheartedly agree with Meredith that Andrew should receive this computer, she is selfless and touching so many people’s lives.

  102. Tracy says

    I nominate Kori’s husband Richard, Kori is #26 on the post.
    My heart breaks for all this family is going through, I know first hand how dealing with CF is, I’m the mother of a 12 yr old daughter with CF. I honestly can’t see how Richard or Kori handle things as well as they are with the cancer on top of CF. These are very deserving people, you can just tell that Richard has touched so many lives and has been a true blessing to Kori and her two boys.
    I also know first hand unless anyone has been there for those ever dreaded 14 day hospital stays you have no idea what it is like with nothing at all to do, to have a laptop can be such a great thing. We don’t own a laptop ourselves but luckily at Children’s hospital a charity has been kind enough to donate laptops for CF’ers to borrow during their hospital stays. I urge everyone to please vote for Kori and Richard, this could bring so much joy to Richard.

    Tracy

  103. KellyJo says

    I would like to also nominate Merideth’s candidate! Lots of people see needs but not many DO anything about it. This lady saw a need and a start of a solution and literally RAN with it! She has single-handedly changed so many lives; not only the lives of the children that have been adopted by loving families and are able to get necessary medical care but also the lives of other children at the orphanages by fundraising for immediate needs and advocating for better conditions and changing the hearts of people in other countries. She has shown so many how much these children are valued in our society and how much they can give to our communities with the way they love unconditionally and treat everyone they meet as a friend. She is doing all this for no compensation at all and a laptop would enable her to be in contact with more people more of the time and be able to help bring even more beautiful children home!!!!!!!

  104. says

    It would be such a blessing to Kori and her family, especially Richard, as they are going through some serious health issues. Kori has such a beautiful heart. Read her blog to find out more.

  105. mary says

    I would like to nominate Meredith’s person. I have never met her but thanks to her and her ministry many little ones have found their Forever Families. She is opening the eyes of many people who may have never considered adopting a child with DS or other disabilities.

  106. says

    I would like to nominate Meredith’s candidate as well. Andrea has changed our lives. We are on our way to adopting our 2nd child through Reeces Rainbow. Andrea is and has always been a lifeline through this difficult adoption process and I don’t know what I would have done without her help.

  107. Angela Whyte says

    I vote for Meredith’s candidate. This woman is truly a superwoman who could become super bionic woman with a laptop and sound. She has opened the world of international adoption to many families and brought many, many kids to their forever families. The one thing I find sad is that she never gets to see the homecoming videos as she has no soundcard on her desktop. Of all the people who deserve to celebrate the homecomings the Reece’s Rainbow executive deserves to see and hear their first U.S experiences.

  108. Debrah Ballard says

    I third Meredith’s nomination. 😀 She could use and deserve this – for those kids, for their families and the awareness such brings. She should be able to watch and hear the videos of these families her work helps to create.

    For those just reading this – it is a Down Syndrome Adoption page.

    Thank you Reece’s Rainbow.

  109. Liz says

    I agree with Meredith’s nomination!! She is a selfless person, who just wants to help these beautiful children find loving homes.

  110. says

    i would like to vote for meredith’s nominee. i have the utmost respect for her nominees unselfish giving to find homes for children around the world with down syndrome and other children with special needs like cerebral palsy who desperately needs families to love and advocate for them. i have 3 children with cerebral palsy and the difference a family has made for them is miraculous. this woman makes miracles like that happen every day. a laptop would make her job as angel on this earth a lot easier!

  111. says

    I would like to second (or third … ?) the nomination for Kate – #85. Not only does she face a mountain of issues with every one of her 7 children, she is also a completely selfless and dear friend. She helped my family during a very dark time when my husband was badly injured and far beyond that time as well.

    I’ve linked above to a post about part of what she helped me through. She is very deserving of this laptop.

  112. says

    I would like to nominate my neighbor, Carolee. Everyday is a struggle for this amazing lady and I have yet to see her without a smile, a kind word for everyone and never a “poor me” attitude. Carolee’s beautiful daughter (Katie) was born with Downs Syndrome and never progressed beyond the 2yr old stage. Not only does Carolee care for Katie in their home but Carolee also cares for her husband (Albert) who has advanced alzheimers. Carolee and Katie used to be regular walkers around our complex but due to Albert’s condition they very seldom venture out anymore. Carolee does not have a computer and I think access to the internet would open up a whole new world to this amazing woman.

  113. says

    I am going to nominate Micheal, He is a 8 year old boy that is non verbal because of autsim. I can not express in words how much this would change this child’s and his families life. Imagine waking up one day and your child being able to speak to you? You can make this a reality for this family. Pleasee help!

  114. Angela says

    I would like to vote for Trina’s nominee (blog #50). This could be a life changing blessing for this family!

  115. thoughtful1 says

    I vote for Meredith at Cornish Adoption Journey’s nominee. She is one amazing woman and a lap top would allow her to do even more, hard as that is to believe.

  116. says

    I’m lucky in that I don’t have anyone I need to nominate. But Kori’s huband (#73) gets a second from me!

    And thank you to HP for stepping up on this one!

  117. says

    I would like to nominate Brandon Pollard’s family. Brandon was born with brain damange and suffers from many problems associated with his brain malformation. Brandon has 2 brothers and a sister. They live in a tiny town in Arkansas and money is very very tight with them. Just like Parker’s mom, they spend a lot of time at the hospital and going to and from medical appointments. Brandon’s mom Amber doesnt’ work so she can take care of Brandon at home while doing many therapies. I can’t think of anyone who would benefit as much from a laptop as the Pollard family.
    Their site is http://www.prayforbrandon.org

  118. says

    I support Kori –
    COmment no 73

    I have lost a spouse to cancer and I know it is not the win or loss but it’s how you play the game. This would help Richard play the game in a better way.

    Kori said “I am choosing to nominate my Husband. I will post on my blog for the reasons as to why. I hope it is him that gets picked. And huge congratulations to Tammy and her family. And thank you guys for doing this for us and many thanks to HP as well.”

  119. Rita says

    i THINK That Meredeth’s person is just the perfect person to win this awesome gift! She has such a heart for helping children with Down Syndrome all over the world. This would enable her to do so much more!!! Please pick Meredith’s nominee!

  120. Joanne says

    I nominate from Blog #50.
    http://www.adailyblessing.com/

    I ran across a blog today that is giving away a HP laptop and was able to get a Laptop for another family that truly needed it. This laptop will change this families life. When I started thinking about the contest I knew right away who I wanted to nominate.

    I would like to nominate a wonderful 8 year old little boy. He likes school where they are working on computers with him as a way for him to communicate with others. His parents dream of the day where he will be able to tell them his likes , dislikes, birthday wishes, Christmas wishes and three simple words. I Love you. His family being able to win a laptop for him would change not only his life but the life of his whole family as well.
    His Mom and Dad are eager to try the communication methods he has learned at school but they are unable to buy him a computer and unfortunately their home computer can not run the program ( Older computer). What a modern day miracle it would be for this family to receive this gift.

    Can you imagine not being able to tell your parents why you are upset? What you like to eat and not eat? Not being able to say I love you . Tell them why you are crying? Let’s please make this reality for this child and his family a thing of the past. Not only will this laptop change the child’s life so will the printer Think of all of the activities they could do with their son!
    Please concider his family for this laptop and help change a child’s life for the better.

  121. Julie Cowart says

    I nominate #50. Trina Davidson not only does she have a special needs son 24/7 she has 4 foster kids and also is so giving to others!

  122. Cynthia Campbell says

    Meredith’s nomination of Andrea at Reese’s Rainbow is the one that I think should win the laptop. She has tirelessly worked to see so many DS children find a home. She is a hero to so many.

  123. says

    I agree with Meredith that Andrea needs to be acknowledged for all she does for children with Down Syndrome. She needs to be able to keep in touch with all 250 of us as we travel all over the world to adopt children in orphanages. She is our link if we encounter problems.

    She is an amazing mom and advocate to all children. I hope she wins the laptop! – Linda

  124. Kendra says

    I agree with Meredith’s nomination!! She is a great person, who has helped find many special needs children homes through her site.

  125. says

    I would like to nominate my neighbor who was in a horrible motorcycle accident May 2007. She and her husband were hit by a drunk driver on their way to her husband’s parents house. The drunk driver drove them into the ditch and left the scene, where he went home and continued to drink more. He was just sentenced to 3 years in prison, which will likely be less. The sad thing is that my neighbor, her husband and family will deal with the devistation of the accident the rest of their lives. She is unable to push her 3 year old grandson on the swing or even hold him on her lap.

    My neighbor was in the hospital for over 4 months and then went to an extended care facility for over 6 months. She has endured 20+ surgeries on her leg (she just had another yesterday), as well as many on other parts of her body. She was unable to return to work and lost her job after more than 15 years of working there. She is restricted to her lazy boy during the day. She has just started using crutches for walking but is in a huge amount of pain. The doctor has said that she will more than likely not be able to walk on her own, due to losing over 2 inches in length of bone in her leg.

    I think she would be so deserving of a laptop. They have a desktop computer but she is not able to sit in her wheelchair for long periods of time at the computer. They also had to move their bed to their living room and do not have the room for a desktop. This would allow her to possibly find an online job or way to make money during the day. It would allow her something to do during the time her husband is at work and she is stuck in her chair.

    She has been such an inspiration to me and my family and I would love to see something good happen for her. I know she would be truely greatful if she won. Thank you for allowing me to nominate her.

  126. Melissa says

    I agree with Meredith. Andrea’s site and the women on her site are what led me to adopt a child with special needs. The support is unbelievable. She is helping to save so many precious lives. In addition, so many little lives are learning about Jesus thanks to the majority of adopting parents Christianity. Not only will the children benefit from having Forever Families, but they will benefit from being saved and asking Jesus into their hearts.

  127. Deb says

    I agree with Meredith’s nomination. I don’t know how Andrea can do everything she does and not have a laptop. It is because of her that we have another wonderful daughter! She is an amazing woman who certainly would benefit from having a laptop!

  128. Alison says

    I agree with Meredith. We will be adopting our son in a few weeks thanks to this amazing woman and all she does for children with Special Needs.

  129. says

    Kudos to HP for the thoughtful donation!

    There are so many who needs the laptop and printer, but I would like to chime in for #26 Kori and her husband Richard.

  130. Kayla says

    I agree with Meredith’s nominee. Wouldn’t it be great to see this laptop used to help find children homes.

  131. says

    I would like to nominate Trina Davidsons. It looks like Meredith’s nominee will win but I do hope you concider Trna’s as this would change the life of this little one and his family. There is just no better gift in the world of communication. Can you imagine never saying I love you? and finally being able to?

  132. Anne says

    I would also like to support Meredith’s nomination of Andrea. Andrea continually works to provide homes for orphans with Down Syndrome. She is available all the time, day or night, to answer the questions of those of us either considering adoption or currently going through the process. The love and determination she has to find homes for these children is truly inspiring. She is extremely deserving of this award.

  133. Valerie says

    I vote for Christina who was nominated by Renee Garcia from Life with My Special K’s. I have “known” Christina for a while from downsyn.

  134. Meredith says

    I would like to vote for Christina (nominated by Renee G at My Special K’s). I wish there were 100’s to be given away…I do not envy your making a decision on all these amazing families! thanks & good luck!

  135. Diane says

    YOU have to pick Kwisteena’s Craziness to win this!! She is a gem, and she would be SO blessed by this. I do hope you will pick her! She is a sweety, and SO committed to her family!!! Heroic!

  136. Francesca says

    I have already nominated Brandi, but I just wanted to let you know that as of today Miles is back in the hospital. One more reason she could use this blessing. Here is her link high-in-demand.blogspot.com

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