Friday, June 17, 2011

my dad my MVP contest WINNER!

So, as I explained when I asked y'all to please vote, I entered my dad in a Father's Day contest that the MLB was having. I wrote a paragraph about my dad and why he should win, and then 40% of how they judged it was through the public vote. Thirty winners, one from each team, would win tickets to a game, a jersey made for the winner, special merchandise, and awesome privileges such as going on the field and being honored before the game.


Before I wrote the paragraph, I checked the rules to see exactly what they wanted. Creativity? I could do that. Originality? That wouldn't be hard. Showing that he is a committed father? Easy. But then I saw that it had to be under 150 words. That is nothing. Especially for me, because as you can see if you ever have read this blog....I like to write. After I wrote it, I had to take out so much that I wanted to keep in there, so I was kind of frustrated. But I submitted it, and hoped for the best. I was probably the 9th submission or so.


I recruited people to vote on here and through Twitter and Facebook. I went back and forth between "We could actually do this!" and "Am I being stupid by asking people to vote? It's probably not gonna happen." Especially after the entries kept racking up. Some teams, like the Padres for instance, only had like 10 entries. The Red Sox had 343. That is a lot, and the odds weren't very good. But we kept voting. I voted for hours. I had no idea what the limit was and I wanted to vote as much as I could. The entry period ended, and all we could do was wait and see if we got an email or a phone call about it.


I had given up on it because it had been almost a week. I figured that they had probably notified the winners already. Last week, my husband surprised me by coming home with the little laptop I had been wanting. I LOVE it. I was so excited since my old laptop was performing like a '95 desktop. I got on it to explore, and then went to check my email on it for the first time. Sitting there, in my inbox, was an email from the MLB association. I gasped. Oh my word. Oh my word. Oh my word. I opened it and Jordan looked at it too. It was exciting, but confusing because it wasn't like "congratulations", it just explained that we needed to fill out these forms and have them notarized the next day. So I kept saying Did we win? Did we win? Are we winners? over and over. After looking at the forms which said "Winner" we started freaking out.


I had been cooking dinner, which was actually looking really tasty, but we just turned the stove off and abandoned it. We didn't even care. We raced out to the car, and I called Blake knowing that they must have emailed Dad too. I didn't want him to find out that way. We had a frantic conversation.


"Blake. This is important. Is dad near the computer?"


"Hold on, lemme see. He's getting on it right now."

"Ahh! Don't let him on it! Distract him! We'll be there in 5 minutes, I need 5 minutes!"


"What? What's going on?"


"JUST DO IT PLEASE!"


So apparently Blake then walked into the living room and told Dad that he wanted to play cornhole. Yes, cornhole. "Right now?" Dad asked, confused. They had just gotten home from work. "Yes, now." So they went outside and played. I started laughing so hard when I got to the house and saw how Blake had distracted him. That was pretty quick of him. I don't know what I would have done, probably taken the computer and shown him a bunch of YouTube videos or something. Anyway.


We walked inside and Mom has just read the email from the MLB so she was tearing up asking if he won. Yes, yes, I explained, and we're about to go tell him, come on! So we went outside to their cornhole game, walked up to Dad and just looked at him for a moment. He was weirded out. I put my arm around him and said, "Dad, we already knew this, but David Ortiz and a panel of judges have decided that you are an MVP Dad." He kept saying, "Are you serious??" and was in shock. I started dancing around the yard. Mom was squealing and clapping. It was pure jubilee. 


This was last week. We couldn't say anything about it for a while because they had to do background checks on us, make sure he was actually my dad, and make it official. So now I can finally announce it. And we are so crazy excited. I can't believe it's actually happening, and my dad finally gets to visit Fenway Park. And not only go to a game, but be honored on the field! I hope he gets to meet some players. Also, the Bruins will be there with the Stanley Cup, so that's exciting too! Ahhh! 


So I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted. This seriously is a dream come true. We are so thankful for God's blessings and that He's allowed my dad to experience this honor! He truly deserves it. :)


Watch this video for more info and more thank yous! Thank you so much!

a big THANK YOU! from Ashley Shelley on Vimeo.

5 comments:

  1. I explained this to my bible study girls last night during PRAISE requests...followed by..."Her life is like a fairytale"! Embrace it girl...this is your year. I miss you!

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  2. SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!

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  3. That is awesome, Ashley. You all will have a wonderful time!

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  4. So excited! Yay! God is so good and gracious! :)

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