I don’t expect this will come as much of a surprise, but I sat down with my daughter this weekend to ask her to pick a winner for the kajeet contest based upon your comments, and she said “that one sounds good” or “maybe her” a couple of times, right up until we got to this:
Wow, where to begin? I write this for our newest member of our family. My 11 year old niece just came to live with us on Monday. Her mother is an alcoholic who drank away their rent money and proceeded to get them evicted from their apartment. My niece was homeless for 2 days before we could get her down to us. Her story got worse last when at the dinner table we laid a few ground rules and found that that my sister abused her by slapping her around and pulling her hair. This child has never had anything nice or anything to call her own. Birthday money was spent by her mother for items her mother wanted or at the bar. I think she deserves a cell phone because it would be something that is all hers and she would not have to share it with anyone. Also because we would love to show her than we think she is responsible and mature enough to have one and not the useless thing her mother would make her feel like she was. I’m EXTREMELY happy to say that we’re prepared to have her live with us until she’s 18 and a cell phone would be a great start at showing her that we trust her.
“Mom, you have to give it to her,” she said, immediately. (I did talk her into listening to the other entries, but she stood firm in her decision. And I have to say that I concur.) Congratulations, April! Your niece is getting a kajeet cell phone and $20 worth of prepaid minutes. It sounds like the bigger bargain is getting you, but I hope she’ll enjoy the phone, too!
Thanks to everyone who played, and a huge thank-you to kajeet for providing the prize!
Maybe I’m just a sentimental chick, but April’s story ’bout made me cry. So good to hear April’s neice is in a good family now.
Well, I think it’s going to a good home and April’s niece will be thrilled. I grew up in an emotionally abusive home and well, feeling loved and wanted will make a WORLD of difference to this young lady and I sure hope too much damage hasn’t been done so that it’s impossible to undo… some people should just not be allowed to have kids!
You have an awesome daughter Mir! Great decision on her part and pretty darn mature at that. And I bet she is pretty like her Mama 🙂
Good choice, Chickadee. (Way to go on a great kid, Mir.) Good luck, April.
Chickadee has superb sensibilities.
Thank you so much Mir and daughter! I can’t wait for my niece to get home from school so I can share some happy news with her! Having her here has made me realize that the little things we take for granted in life like having milk to drink at all times are things that some people just don’t have. Thank you again oh pretty Mir and her very beautiful daughter!
Excellent excellent choice, Chickadee! What a smart and kind girl you are.
(Great work, Mir.)
Congratulations to April & her niece, whom I think we all agreed should win!
That would have been my pick as well. 🙂
I think that April’s niece was an excellent choice, also. April, you are awesome for helping out your niece!
I heart Chickie. She’s certainly oh so pretty, but her soul? Beautiful.
Since when is a money-savin’ sight supposed to make you cry?
What a lucky girl to have April.
*tears in my eyes* Glad to hear about the winner. Hope this is a new beginning for her that just keeps getting better!
Good choice for the winner!
The perfect choice! So wonderful she has a place to call HOME and be safe and loved!
I’ll second that!
This story brought tears to my eyes. I’m so glad that little girl has family to love her and is starting a new life. I hope she enjoys her new cell phone!
I meant to come back and post that I thought April should get it…..