Sunday, July 5, 2009
As I wind down another day here in Alaska, there is so much to say. I really wish I could post pictures because I have some good ones today, some really good ones. Today was amazing. Unfortunately, where I am staying in Wasilla--a beautiful home, I might add--only has dial-up. I cannot access wireless, so I can't get the pictures onto my laptop and then onto Motivation: Truth. Soon enough, I will get them to you.
So let's talk about today.
I started my day with a prayer walk, spending quite a bit of that time on the grounds of Wasilla High School. I did so mostly because the path I was on led into a wooded area, and well...bears and all. No thank you! As I prayed, I poured my heart out to God--and afterwards poured my heart out to my oldest and dearest friend, Kiya Cordeau--and felt much reassured afterwards. My heart's cry was, "Lord, I believe you have set this trip up to Alaska. You have confirmed many times that I was to come. You have provided supernaturally. The word I received ahead of time was that I was needed. God, show me how I can help. Don't let me miss it, Lord." I won't miss it.
I walked in the parade with the Valley Republican Woman's Club (which came in first place in the Alaska Statehood category. Yeah!!!! Congrats, ladies; you did a wonderful job!!). Before the parade started, I got to meet everyone. They were so friendly and treated me with such hospitality. Ivy, one of Sarah's right-hand supporters, and her very good friend, took me under her wing and was very welcoming and kind. I have much respect for Ivy. Her devotion to her friend is obvious and admirable. She introduced me to many people, including someone I've wanted to meet for some time: Piper Palin, Sarah's youngest daughter. If you've ever seen Piper on television, you know she is quite the ham, so sweet, and has her mother's heart and energy. It was cool to converse with Piper a little and even talk to her about basketball. She rode a bicycle in the parade that had been decorated with red, white, and blue.
It was equally a joy to speak to Sarah's parents, Chuck and Sally Heath. I talked to Mr. Heath about teaching--as he is a retired teacher--and sports. I told him I wanted to play Sarah in a game of one-on-one, but I even challenged him to a game. He said, "How old are you?" When I told him, he said, "You're going to take advantage of me!" As for Mrs. Heath, I see where Sarah gets her bubbly personality. She is all smiles--so gracious and kind, just loving on everybody. I don't know her, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn she is that Proverbs 31 woman we so often read about. After the parade, Mr. Heath came over and said, "I remember your name--and I don't remember names! It's Adrienne. You must have had quite an impression on me." Then Mrs. Heath came over and addressed me by name also. Before leaving the grounds, I spoke from my heart to the Heaths. I encouraged them that God has a plan for their daughter, even if we don't see what it is, that He has called Sarah for this time, and that the Lord's purpose will be fulfilled. They thanked me, and at one point Mrs. Heath said something like, "Who knows what will happen from here?" "There is One who knows," I responded, to which she said, "Yes, there is One who knows." Sarah attributes her foundation and inspiration of faith to her mom. What a legacy.
I also spoke briefly today to Sarah's sister, Heather, and her son, Karcher, whom I met in New York about a month ago. Sarah's sister, Holly, also walked in the parade, but I didn't meet her.
Sarah's family has suffered much abuse at the hands of the media and the haters. They have attacked and insulted her faith, her family, and her intelligence. They have burned her church with intent to kill, hacked her emails, and filed bogus ethics complaints. They have cost the governor and the state of Alaska millions of dollars. Not only are their actions inhumane; they're downright scary. It's frightening that these people are so driven by their agenda that they cannot see the good in this family. When it's all said and done, those who fought to destroy them will have to come to grips with what they have done, how blind they have been, and how they have been used for evil. And their actions, as I've said so very often, are evil; they are demonic--but they will not prevail.
An after-parade picnic was held. It was great to meet people, talk, laugh. I was invited to church tomorrow, got to fellowship with all kinds of people--Alaskans as well as people from the Lower 48. The coolest thing happened at the picnic. I met Rosie, a resident of Wasilla who follows my blog. When I wrote on my blog that I was coming to Alaska, we agreed to meet after the parade. She called out to me at the parade, and then found me afterwards. What a sweet person. She treated me like a celebrity--and I was so very honored and humbled. She said, "I've been following your blog for months. This is like meeting a celebrity!" Imagine that. I had to smile at that and joke that I'm actually a nobody! LOL! She wanted to get a picture with me. Again, imagine that! You know what's wild, though? While I feel so blessed and honored to be in Alaska, grateful for the people, Rosie made me feel like I'm the important one. Rosie, I just want to say "thank you." It was so wonderful to meet you. You have a fiery personality. Feed that with God, people, and experiences that will stoke that fire.
April really worked hard today to promote the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. She was equipped with our Sarah Palin: President 2012 buttons, bumper stickers, and a wealth of information. I had my business card to hand out, and there were many opportunities to discuss the Committee. Of course, with Governor Palin's resignation, people are really curious about 2012 and her future goals. Before we left the picnic, April had secured a meeting for me with a radio talk show host here in Alaska, and I secured another one later.
After resting for an hour or so, April and I headed to the TEA Party. This was my first one, and it was great. People are fed up with the current administration. They have been taxed enough already. They are tired of God being removed from the fiber of this nation. They are tired of 3 a.m. changes to documents that are never read but voted for. They want the America back that people fought and died for. They are standing up. One such person is Eddie Burke, a well-known radio talk show host here. I have listened to him before online. He speaks up for American values--and he vehemently defends Sarah Palin. I thanked him for fighting for Sarah, and he said, "She deserves it." He was expecting to meet me there, and we chatted for a bit. I will be on his radio show while here in Alaska to talk about the 2012 DSC. He also will have Denise Spencer on. She's a faithful Team Sarah member. Burke is a great American, as Sean Hannity would say. As I listened to him address the TEA Party crowd so passionately, I wondered if he had missed his calling. I said to him afterwards, "Are you sure you're not called to be a preacher?!" He laughed heartily and said, "I felt like a Baptist preacher up there!" For sure!
I spent so much time talking to people. Again April shared the goal of the Committee, and I talked to people as well. The sentiment from people: "We want to do all we can to get Sarah in the White House!" Because of her resignation, some thought her support would die. Not going to happen. Sarah knows what she's doing. Nothing is dying here. On the contrary, support is gaining momentum, and people will fight even harder because Sarah Palin represents what America is so desperately crying out for.
My friends, Tom and Kim who live in Wasilla, invited me to their barbeque this evening, so Kim picked me up from the TEA Party, and I went out to their beautiful home on 9 acres. The food was good, but the fellowship was even better. What an amazing family. I can't even tell you how many kids were there. The property was oozing with children, oozing with life. It was great. This family is so blessed. They are called to intercede, pastor, and prophesy--and God has used them to do some amazing things for Him. Kim spoke some things into my life, and I appreciate so much her heart for God and for His purpose. I enjoyed being with them very much. Wait till I post the pictures. You're going to love the one with me lying on top of the bear on their floor--yes, for real! This is Alaska, baby! We were all just talking and talking, and I finally asked what time it was. It was 10:15 p.m. What?! Again, the daylight is playing awful tricks on me. It looked like noon. I had no idea what time it was!
It's frustrating not being able to show you pictures, but they're worth the wait. You'll see photos I took with Piper, and the Heaths, and Ivy, the parade, the picnic, the TEA Party, Eddie Burke, Rosie, April, Billy, Tom and Kim, the bear, the deer, and the list goes on and on. And I still have to show you pictures of the scenery I captured during the drive from Fairbanks to Wasilla. Good stuff. I'm so blessed to be here. Stay tuned...
By the way...Sarah released a statement, appropriately on the 4th of July--Independence Day-- to bring more clarity to her resignation. Read it below. Then answer this for me: Does this sound like a woman who's quit? Or does it sound like someone who has only begun? As Fox News always says, "We report. You judge."
Happy 4th of July from Alaska!
Yesterday at 12:55p.m.
On this Independence Day, I am so very proud of all those who have chosen to serve our great nation and I honor their selflessness and the sacrifices of their families, too.
If I may, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last 24 hours and share my thoughts with you.
First, I want to thank you for your support and hard work on the values we share. Those values led me to the decision my family and I made. Yesterday, my family and I announced a decision that is in Alaska’s best interest and it always feels good to do what is right. We have accomplished more during this one term than most governors do in two – and I am proud of the great team that helped to build these wonderful successes. Energy independence and national security, fiscal restraint, smaller government, and local control have been my priorities and will remain my priorities.
For months now, I have consulted with friends and family, and with the Lieutenant Governor, about what is best for our wonderful state. I even made a few administrative changes over that course in time in preparation for yesterday. We have accomplished so much and there’s much more to do, but my family and I determined after prayerful consideration that sacrificing my title helps Alaska most. And once I decided not to run for re-election, my decision was that much easier – I’ve never been one to waste time or resources. Those who know me know this is the right decision and obvious decision at that, including Senator John McCain. I thank him for his kind, insightful comments.
The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the “politics of personal destruction”. How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it’s right for all, including your family.
I shared with you yesterday my heartfelt and candid reasons for this change; I’ve never thought I needed a title before one’s name to forge progress in America. I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint. I hope you will join me. Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness!
God bless you! And I look forward to making a difference – with you!