When I announced my giveaway earlier this month, I figured it would be easy peasy.  I would receive a few nominations, choose my favorite story, and choose a winner.  Simple as that.

I did not expect such a large response, nor did I expect the stories that would roll in.  I have cried, I have laughed, and then I have cried some more.  I have read story after story of heartbreak and hardship, as well as happiness and inspiration.

Call me overdramatic, call me oversensitive, just call me a WUSS. This decision…the decision of choosing a deserving winner has been near IMPOSSIBLE.  There was no way that one person was more deserving than another and I couldn’t make the choice.

Enter Travis, my husband.

“If they are all deserving, then why don’t you just pick a name randomly?”

And that is exactly what I did (thanks to

THANK YOU to those who took the time to write in about their loved ones, friends, or co-workers. But, more than anything, THANK YOU for renewing my faith in this season of love and giving.

The winner is….

Jillian (nominated by Terri Zyskowski)

and…because I am such a sucker for a heart warming story, I have (randomly) chosen a second winner…

C. Kempf (power in numbers…C was nominated sixteen times!)

Stories and full names are not included to protect the privacy of the winning individuals.



  1. Kristin says:

    Jean, you rock. Happy Holidays!

  2. Colibriphoto says:

    Lucky indeed… How I would love a shoot with you Jean… Aww… one day maybe! : )

  3. Gabi says:

    Nice things happen to nice people and I am certain you will be rewarded for this! I already told Santa you were good but just in case you might want to cc the to Santa AKA Travis as an extra hint! Happy holidays! Can only imagine your house at x mas morning lol!

  4. Holly G says:

    Jean, you are Awesome Dot Com. What a great thing to pay forward – the gift of priceless photos! <3

  5. jean says:

    awesome dot com…that’s hilarious! thanks you guys…your comments warm my heart!!

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