I Met Sarah Palin Again (with pics & video)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

As you know, I attended the first of three Governor's Picnics here in Alaska. This one took place in Wasilla, Governor Palin's hometown. Tomorrow (really today since it's already after midnight) the picnic will be held in Anchorage. I was planning to attend that one also, but the plans have now been changed. Instead, we will be able to rest a little in the morning and head up to Fairbanks around 11:00 a.m. I just came down from Fairbanks Wednesday on the train. The train ride was 10 hours, but it should only be about 7 hours back in the car. We will attend Sunday's picnic there. It's going to be crazy in Fairbanks. People are flying in, media will be swarming, and the people will be all over Sarah.

Before that event ends, Governor Sarah Palin will be a private citizen. History has already been made: She is the first female governor of Alaska; she is the youngest governor of Alaska; she has accomplished much as the governor of the largest state; she is the first and only woman to run for vice president on a Republican ticket. If that were it, her place in history would already be sealed. But that's not it. Sarah Palin has so much going for her, so much to look forward to. They say she is a rock star, which is true, but don't interpret that to mean that she is without substance. Sarah Palin's impact is not over--sorry to have to break the news to those who want her to shrivel up and die. Not gonna happen!

Wasilla showed their support for the governor in a big way today, and tomorrow will be a mob in Anchorage--which is one reason we decided to skip it and just be ready for Fairbanks.

As for today's picnic, I am not going to write a whole lot now. I did tweet throughout the day, however, and here are my tweets.

http://tinyurl.com/m2f6wo "Headed to Governor's Picnic #1 in Wasilla"

Headed out early to help work the Governor's Picnic. D Msg me if you'd like.

Decorating Wasilla Wonderland 4 picnic
My honor to just meet Trig Tripp & Bristol & see Willow again.
Just talked to Sarah! She is AMAZING!

Sarah is trying to serve hotdogs but everyone wants her attention. I'm standing here with her mom. Amazed she greeted me w/ Hi Adrienne!

Listening to Sarah speak

Sarah says lets be proud of our country & never apologize for America!

Awesome picnic now over. Tomorrow picnic in Anchorage

It was funny that when i grabbed Trig's hand he pulled it away w/a lil look like 'I dont know u lady!' LOL!

After a lil dinner I will post pics of gov's picnic on my blog!

@AKGovSarahPalin God bless you and your amazing family! It was so good to see/speak to you again today--a month 2 very wknd of last time. (Update: My bad..actually it was the weekend of June 5th)

I am choosing to keep my words few because I can't really explain what it was like meeting her again. I don't know how many governors serve people food and smile endlessly when people ask you to sign their book, their shirt, their paper plate! Yes, I think I saw her signing more plates than anything else. She took the serving gloves off and just stopped everything to greet people, take pictures, smile.

Sarah Palin commands the same respect now that she commanded when I first met her. It was a surreal experience for me then, and it was probably even deeper this time. I can't explain why I was so sedate. My demeanor was quieter than my tweets appeared. I just sort of took it all in. I saw her talking to people behind the serving area, and I approached with the many people who were trying to get her attention and her autograph. When she finished signing something for someone, I called her name. I wasn't there for an autograph, and I knew there was no way to have a long conversation in these conditions. All I wanted to do was shake her hand and let her know I was there. I knew she would know who I was. Sure enough, when I called her name and she saw me, she smiled and jubilantly said, "HEY!" There were people and a table separating us, so we both had to stretch a bit to reach. She took my hand, squeezed it, and held on to it with such appreciation in her eyes. She said, "I am SO glad you are here." Like I said in Auburn, when you're speaking or when she's speaking to you, she looks directly at you, almost into you. This time she seemed even more locked in when we greeted. I responded, "I am SO glad I am here also." I said it from my heart. She held on a second longer and then we released hands. I wouldn't be able to explain it in a million years, but that experience was just so...rich. I'm telling you, she walks in a presence that you really have to experience to understand. And you know what: I have never had to explain it to someone who has met her because they know exactly what I'm talking about, even if they don't know what it is. It's called an anointing. It's called being filled with the Spirit. People can term it whatever they want, but the "it" that they sense within Sarah is the Spirit of God, plain and simple.

When I backed away and just sort of watched everything, took pictures, chilled out, I felt...you know what? I can't explain what I felt, so I'm not going to cheapen it by trying to find words for it.

Meeting Bristol and messing around with Tripp was great. And just for the record, I did not snap a picture of Bristol and her little one without first asking her if it was okay.

Talking to Sarah's parents was great as it was on July 4th. Her dad, Mr. Heath, asked me if I had been playing basketball, said he wanted to see me play, and joked that I didn't really know what a basketball even looked like! Mrs. Heath is amazing. Not only is she just the sweetest person ever, but I was stunned by her memory. When I came up behind her and put my hands on her shoulder, she turned and said, "Hello, Adrienne." Now, I've met her once, and that was three weeks ago, yet she greets me by name!

As I wind down this blog post, let me tell you that the ceremony that took place at the picnic was in honor of the military, something near and dear to Sarah's heart. After she spoke, she greeted each and every person who went to the microphone to share about their loved one in the military. It was beautiful to see such respect given to those who serve. I think my favorite part was seeing Sarah with the children and babies. She is definitely all about life and its value--in and out of the womb.

Well, I'm going to end here. No need to try to explain more. As Sarah takes her final bow as governor this weekend, please let's keep her and her family in prayer. God has such amazing things for her, and our prayers are vital.

Above: Sarah looking over what appears to be her speech notes beforehand, with dad looking on. By the way, I love the shoes she's wearing!

Above: Sarah and the current mayor of Wasilla

Above and below: Sarah lovin' on those babies!

Sarah and crowd praying during invocation

Above: Recognize the book, don't you? Go, Sarah! Do Mark Levin proud!

Above and below: Sarah talks to dad

Above: Sarah talks to Kris Perry over her shoulder, Piper, and dad next to her.

Above: Sarah's Secret Service guy. I remember him from Auburn, NY.

Above: Bristol Palin and her son Tripp

Above: Willow Palin and her baby brother Trig

Above from left to right: Bristol holding Tripp, Sarah's dad, Mr. Chuck Heath, Willow holding Trig (blocked from view)

Listen to the short speech Sarah gave during the picnic.


LoLornaMarie July 25, 2009 at 5:45 AM  

hey sister! thanks for the amazing story! and of course pics!

Nicky July 25, 2009 at 5:51 AM  

Good Pics. Good bless Sarah and her family. I have also just said a short prayer for Trig.

A July 25, 2009 at 6:25 AM  

Adrienne, thank you for bringing us the photos and story.

LoveThatGirl July 25, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

Thanks Adrienne, I have been waiting for your blog and pictures. I understand completely about meeting Sarah. She is truly anointed, her presence is so Awesome that one has to experience it in-order to understand it. When I met her in Perry, GA on Dec 01, 2008, I felt the same way. She is exactly the way you describe her. She looks directly into your eyes as so to be speaking to you, I know that is how I felt. There is a communication there that need NO words, just the hand shake and the eyes, that says it all. God bless you as you continue to do His work in Alaska and for Sarah. I am keeping you, Sarah and family in my prayers so the doors will open and His will is accomplished. To God be the Glory for your day.
Blessings, Irma

LoveThatGirl July 25, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

God is good all the time.

Sarah and Todd have a BEAUTIFUL family. Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig and grandson Tripp. I saw Track in the RNC video he is very handsome.
Blessings, Irma

Sheila,  July 25, 2009 at 8:49 AM  

I am so excited that she will soon be roaming the lower 48. Wonderful reporting Adrienne.

Dale Ann - PA,  July 25, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

Thank you sooooo much for posting pics and speech and enjoyed reading your perspective as well. Enjoy the rest of the weekend - look for to reading your thoughts via tweets!! :-)

Anonymous,  July 25, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

Thanks for posting the pictures and video. I sincerely doubt it will be shown in the 'main stream media'. And not in a positive way,if it was.

Diane's Camera July 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM  

Excellent report, Adrienne and what a wonderful blog. I found your blog from a link at FreeRepublic.com

Jenny July 25, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

Too cool! Love that you posted this! Thank you so much!

oneXSturtle (LindaW) July 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM  

Thanks for the story and pictures. I hope to someday meet her.

Anonymous,  July 25, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

May God Bless and Keep Sarah Palin!
Love This Blog! Found it thru Twitter from Mark Levin!

Ray Schneider July 25, 2009 at 12:13 PM  

Great pictures Adrienne -- I snitched one (the one with Mark Levin's book) to put on my site http://politicalbrambles.blogspot.com
I hope you don't mind. I gave you the credit and a link (actually two links since I mentioned your site with a link and linked the picture too).
I love your site's name "Motivation Truth" -- Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" and you can't go wrong with the truth.
Best regards, Ray

David from Blaine WA,  July 25, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

Thanks Adrienne, enjoyed the photo's. Keep up the good work.

blestmom July 25, 2009 at 12:57 PM  

Hi Adrienne,

I was at the picnic, too. You got some great photos. Did you notice how it was overcast, but right before Sarah came up to speak, the sun broke through the clouds? :)

Pam July 25, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

I love her! She just the cutest little thing in her casuals. Loved her boots/shoes as well. Thanks for bringing us this post! I'm new here, came by via a link from Mark Levin's facebook post. I'm in the middle of his latest book as well. I will add your blog to my list! I definitely want to come back here often!

Anne July 25, 2009 at 1:40 PM  

Hey Adrienne,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. You are so lucky to have met Sarah so many times, and her beautiful family! Thank you for sharing all of your pictures, your Tweets (I follow you! I'm "annelauren" on there) and you accounts via your blog.

Sarah is very lucky to have an advocate like you in her corner! Keep bloggin' and I'll be readin'!

PS: Have you ever met Sarah's asst. Kris Perry? I think I saw her in some of the pictures above...

Karen Allen July 25, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

Hey! Great shots and commentary, Adrienne...thanks so much for being there cuz I know you were praying for everything...so glad your eyes and mind were there.

Mike Baker July 25, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

Thanks for this debriefing, Adrienne!

Betsy July 25, 2009 at 2:10 PM  


I don't know if you realized it or not, the picture you think is Sarah's mother speaking with Sarah is not her mother. It is Sarah's assistant, Kris Perry. Great pictures and a great video. Thank you for sharing.

Adrienne July 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM  

Yes, Betsy,

Just realized that myself. Good looking out.

Mark,  July 25, 2009 at 3:35 PM  

Adrienne, I had seen your blog earlier, before I found you on Twitter. It's really come a long way. I am glad you came to Alaska, and that you have been enjoying it !

My family and I were there at the Wasilla picnic yesterday, in fact, if you took that video posted here, I was just to your right ! I couldn't film it all, I had to go through the line and receive a Blue Star banner for my son's service. I got tongue-tied and all I could say to Sarah was "God Bless & Good Luck".

Great pictures, and a great blog. Keep it up !

Oh, Adele sang beautifully, didn't she ?

Elizabeth July 25, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences of meeting Sarah Palin. It's touching and amazing to hear about them, and makes me even more excited to meet her someday. She's so genuine and sweet and sincere, and you are very blessed to have met her. I'm sure you've made an impact in her life :) Thanks again and God bless you

Lipstick July 25, 2009 at 5:37 PM  

Thank you for sharing your pics and experiences in AK.

Thank you for speaking of Sarah's anointing, of her Spirit of God within her. I was moved and touched by it knowing that you, as a woman of God, would have a true sense of His presence. I am such a supporter of Sarah and I am so happy to know that you sense His presence within her. I pray for Sarah daily. That she will seek Him everyday and be obedient to His will and call in her life. I also pray for safety and for Godly counsel for her and that she would have wisdom that can only come from the Lord.

I have never met Sarah, but I hope to someday.

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous,  July 25, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

Just saw reference to this site, what a great job.

Freedomwarrior July 25, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

Vintage Sarah, thanks for this fantastic post Adrienne.

Anonymous,  July 25, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Adrienne, I enjoyed the pic. and Sarah's speech. What a Blessing she is. I don't think we have heard the last of this Lady. I agree with Rush L., Those who have given this lady a hard time are only doing so because they are afraid of the positive influnce that she has had and will have in America. She is someone the left fears.

moon816 July 25, 2009 at 8:53 PM  

Adrienne did the guv sent u that last tweet?

sorry im not into tweeting so i have to ask!lol

Anonymous,  July 25, 2009 at 9:42 PM  

My son forwarded this to me. I am so appreciative of your work here Adrienne. I am a Palin supporter, I will continue to support her in whatever she does starting Monday. Her family is special and she certainly is touched by the Hand of God. I "met" her at a rally in Dover, NH in September of '08 and felt what you describe as indescribable. I hope to be able to host a Meet and Greet for her in my town in NH when she comes through. I know she's more than a stump speech, she believes what she says, she says what she means and she stands behind her words. I just LOVE her! Have to choose Anon here, but my name is Muriel Moore.

moon816 July 25, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

Mrs. Moore you are so right & do you notice that she only stumbles when she had to explain something that she doesn't really believe in. like in the campaign when she had to agree with the stimulus package that mccain is for.

Clifton B July 25, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

Adrienne I have been following your encounters with Sarah and to say I am jealous would be a mild understatement. Thanks for providing such excellent first hand impressions of Sarah. Keeping you and Sarah in my prayers. Safe trip home.

Cliff B

Bea's World July 26, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

Thanks 4 sharing w/us!!!!

Art Telles July 26, 2009 at 12:52 AM  

Hi Adrienne,

I haven't met Sarah, but my long-distance perception is similar to yours as you stated above...

"I'm telling you, she walks in a presence that you really have to experience to understand.

"And you know what:

"I have never had to explain it to someone who has met her because they know exactly what I'm talking about, even if they don't know what it is.

"It's called an anointing.

"It's called being filled with the Spirit.

"People can term it whatever they want, but the "it" that they sense within Sarah is the Spirit of God, plain and simple.

Of course, to her husband and children, the "it" is probaly simply "being there" because she's wife and mom 1st and politician 2nd.

On the header of my blog I have something similar to "within Sarah" as you put it...

- SHE HAS "IT" ...
- A SPARK ...

>> www.PrayForSarahPalin.com

Anonymous,  July 26, 2009 at 2:41 AM  

So, is there any evidence to support this sensational claim that a god has anointed Sarah Palin?

The Enemy

Adrienne July 26, 2009 at 3:17 AM  

"The Enemy,"

Here we go again. Yes, there's plenty of evidence to support that The God--the only God--has anointed Sarah. But perhaps you have to get into God's flow to understand it, as I'm sure I've shared with you before. However, maybe your repeated visits to this site are evidence enough that the One within Sarah is feeding your soul, as well--and that's why you can't get enough. Just a thought. Think about it.

You have commented before that you are an atheist. I have a challenge for you: Are you open enough to dare to ask Jesus in sincerity to reveal Himself to you--and really mean it? ("Lord, if you're real, show me.) I dare you to come before God with a true desire for truth. I dare you. After all, isn't truth what we really want, and isn't it true that if there's a reality that we have not embraced, we want to know it so we CAN embrace it?

But I must warn you. That same Spirit and anointing that I wrote about is powerful. Prepare to have your world rocked. Oh, He's an awesome God!

God bless you and take care. By the way, must you be "the enemy"? Perhaps we can be friends down the road.

katiejane July 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM  

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and pictures. Your feelings are shared by many Palin supporters.

Anonymous,  July 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

"However, maybe your repeated visits to this site are evidence enough that the One within Sarah is feeding your soul, as well--and that's why you can't get enough."

I follow a lot of blogs. I'm following your blog closely right now because I find this quasi-religious movement behind Sarah Palin to be fascinating.

By the way, I strongly suspect that Palin will run for president. Maybe not in 2012 but perhaps after that.

"You have commented before that you are an atheist. I have a challenge for you: Are you open enough to dare to ask Jesus in sincerity to reveal Himself to you--and really mean it?"

I've already been down the road you're daring me to go down... many times. Yes, I'm an atheist now but I was brought up Christian... religious school and everything. Faith is just not in my DNA I guess. It would take a lot to convince me that a god exists.

"God bless you and take care. By the way, must you be "the enemy"? Perhaps we can be friends down the road."

Thanks for the blessing. As an atheist, I don't really have a phrase comparable to "God bless" so I suppose a "take care" will have to suffice. So, take care! :)

The Enemy

Adrienne July 26, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

"The Enemy,"

You take care also.

Robin's New Song July 26, 2009 at 1:33 PM  

We love our enemies and pray for them...

What great pics Adrienne, and I also sense the anointing you spoke of, even through media technology, and a true patriot, sweatshirt, with Mark Levins' book in hand! Love it! Thanks for the connection to her movement right now.

Anonymous,  July 27, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

Hello from Cleveland, Ohio, Adrienne. I found your blog via Mark Levin's site- your photo of Sarah Palin w/Liberty & Tyranny in hand. Thank you for sharing your wonderful connection to her. I know I'll be checking back often. God bless you, and the voice He gave you. Diane-Marie.

rickl,  July 27, 2009 at 8:04 PM  

Hi, Adrienne. I found your site from the photo linked at the blog Grouchy Conservative Pundits.

That's a very nice photo essay. The picnic sounded like a blast. Sorry I couldn't have been there, since I'm thousands of miles away in Pennsylvania. I assume someone gave Sarah a copy of Levin's book at the picnic. I don't know if she has read it or will read it, but just seeing her holding it in the photo was a big morale boost for me.

I also heard Mark mention your blog at the beginning of his radio show tonight.

Peg C. July 29, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

What fantastic pics! Love your great post on this. Had to send the pic of Sarah holding Mark's book to the family since we are all huge Levin and Palin fans. I heard Mark mention the pic and this blog also. Right on!

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