Saturday, May 9, 2009

Who do I choose? (edited to add two more)

Background: When we were expecting our first baby, a friend of a friend gave us a really nice, solid maple crib. The only caveat was that when we were done, she asked that we pay it forward and give it away.

So, I posted an ad on ksl, saying "best, but not necessarily most desperate story would get it" and have gotten a bunch of responses. I can't decide who to give it to. I am going to paste their stories, and ask you all to help. They are posted in order received.

Choice 1-
I'm expecting my first baby in July. We are current been trying to save money for our little girl. I would love to have this crib. Is it still available?

Choice 2-
My crib is gone after raising 5 children. Now I'm a grandmother and didn't think I would need one again. But my daughter and son-in-law are coming to live with us for the summer (from Indiana) while he does an internship here. Thus I need a crib for their 8 month old baby. I also tend another granddaughter two days a week while their parents are struggling to get through school. I'm back in the baby business, but this is a lot more fun this time...being a grandma!

Choice 3-
I have been looking for a crib now for a few months. We are having our fourth child. We were done having kids and donated all our baby stuff last summer to charity. About three months after doing so we found out we are expecting a little shocked and still excited as we were with the others we are in need of some baby items and a new car. Its amazing how growing from a family of 5 to 6 changes a lot of things. Well hopefully you pick me but would like the person who needs it most to have it also. Good luck with your decision making.

Choice 5-
Our story will definitely not earn this crib for being the saddest story, because this is one of the happiest times in our entire lives! Approximately two months ago we found out that we are expecting our first baby. We are thrilled, and we look forward to the wonderful journey of being parents. Brittany is currently 13 weeks pregnant and we are looking forward to becoming parents!
Our names are Brittany and Braiden Pickett. We are both attending Utah State University. Although we knew having a child would be very expensive while going to school, we knew that having a baby is what we needed to do right now in our lives. As the time passes, we feel even more that we made the right decision.
We would love to have this crib to put in our baby’s room. We would enjoy having it because not only are you giving it away for free, but it is beautiful! We really love the maple and enjoyed seeing it all put together in the pictures. If we are chosen to receive this crib, we would like to keep on this tradition and give it away for free after we are done using it. We think this is a really awesome idea.
Like you once were, we are young, poor, college students and would really benefit from receiving this crib. We would be able to come pick up the crib in Clinton. We currently live in Logan, Utah, where we are going to school. Thanks for the fun opportunity of writing and we hope you have enjoyed reading stories from different people. Thanks again!

Choice 6-
We are interested in the crib. We don't have much of a story to tell, we're just at BYU and this is our first baby. Obviously the budget is tight so a free crib would sure help out.

Choice 7-
I have a cousin and we are throwing her a baby shower and we had her a crib the guys loading the truck loaded tables on top of it and it got broken she doesn't have a job and we can't afford to get her another one she is due in 3 weeks it would be great thanks alot for listening I can come pick up anytime thanks

Choice 8-
I also live in Clinton and could pick this up today within minutes so you can have your living room back!

Choice 9-
I'm not sure that our case is all that special. We don't have a desperate need...yet. We're expecting a honeymoon baby in October. (This little one just really wanted to come.) My husband still has a year left on his undergrad and then two years for a masters', and I just graduated. However, because of the economy and my pregnancy, it has been difficult for me to find a job. We're doing okay, but we're getting more and more nervous about how we're going to afford it all. I've been trying to shop around for deals so that we're ready for when this little one comes. It would certainly help us alot, but I know there are probably others with a much greater need. That's awesome that you kept to your pledge. I would pass on that tradition.

Choice 10-


Gee, I don't know what to say. Ours isn't the saddest story or even the most difficult, but here it is. We had our first baby just 6 months ago. We've been trying to save money and put off getting a crib. I quit my job and my husband will be practically quitting his after this summer to be a full time student. He works as an excavator and here in Idaho things have been really slow. Anyways, our baby is just about too long for his bassinet, he always wakes up with his head smooshed against the top. I love the story you told about how you got it and would love to keep that tradition going. We love to serve others, I honestly believe that's how ends somehow meet up sometimes. Now we're not doing bad, we try and be wise with our money, but this would sure help buy some diapers in the future. Thanks for reading this story. If there are others worse off please don't hesitate to give it to them.

Choice 11-
I wouldn't say our story is a sad one but more of a happy one. My husband and I have had the opportunity to take care of 2 extra little girls both 3 and 8 years old. We had to make a the hard decision to use the money we saved for a crib to getting beds and new clothes for our new additions. We have seen so many cribs on-line but have always seem to be one call to late! Frustration yeah! but we still are trying!

We would love to have a crib for our daughter to pull her room together and all fun stuff we can finally do to make (MOM) happy!

Your Decision would make us happy if you chose us but either way our daughter will always be the happy go lucky baby!

Thanks for listening! it feels good to finally say that to someone!!! (photo attached of beautiful baby)

Choice 12-

I am interested in your crib (by the way, I love your idea in determining who the recipient will be), and I would love to tell you a little about us...

My husband and I are expecting our first baby in June. We are a little older (in our 30s), and we are very excited to be starting a family! I went to college when I was younger, but my husband just graduated with honors this spring (with a BS).

When I got pregnant, we were thinking that my husband would probably be returning to the workforce once the baby was born (he has been with the US Forest Service for 10 years). However, we were pleasantly surprised when he received a teaching assistantship position at the U of U to get his masters this coming fall. This means his tuition will be free, but I will have to continue working once the baby is born, and my single income will provide less than we had anticipated.

We are a healthy and happy family - and I have a decent job at Weber State University - but money is definitely tight for us right now. I have been searching the classifieds for a reasonably priced crib for a while, but frankly, I do not have the cash to buy one just yet. My husband is living 4 hrs away this summer to fight forest fires throughout the nation, which will bring in some extra income (which means I'm on my own all summer!), but we have a lot of expenses, so I would be thrilled if I could save some money on a crib! I have been starting to worry about how/when I am going to acquire one before the birth of the baby.

Thanks for the opportunity to share. I wish you the best in your search for the best recipient!

They all are great stories, and I am having the worst time deciding!


Alison said...

I vote for #5!

Chardell said...

Wow that is tough. I would have to pick 10 though.

Kristen said...

I would vote for one of the ones that will pass it on the way you are.