My Birthday Present from Sarah Palin

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Today, September 27, 2009, is my birthday. Nevermind how old I am; that's not important!

I imagine every one of us has received great birthday presents over the years: clothing, dinner and a movie, money, etc. Some presents stand out more than others, however. That's what I want to talk about today.

Okay, the title seems misleading, but really it's not because it is the truth that Sarah Palin gave me the greatest birthday present ever--a present that was delivered to me a year ago. It's a present that--unlike other year-old presents--has appreciated rather than depreciated in value. It is a present that has grown rather than diminished.

A year ago when Governor Palin showed up on the scene, she personally gave me things that changed my life. I know I'm not the only person who received these gifts from her because I have heard multitudes of people say she gave them the same gifts.

Prior to September 2008, I had never felt passionate about America, about the military, about the unborn, about special needs. If I had been asked, I would have stated emphatically that each of these were important to me and worthy of admiration and respect. I would have declared the importance of someone standing up for every one of these. It's just that that someone had not been me. Until September of last year, I had never realized that there was a call upon my life to make my voice heard, to make a difference in this way.

I was never a patriotic person. I mean, I knew that this country was a good one, that we were blessed to be Americans, but I simply wasn't what I'd call passionate about America. Something happened when Sarah Palin showed up with such a love for America, its people, and its future. Something happened as I watched the sincerity in her eyes as she stood and reverently pledged allegiance to our flag. Somehow I went from appreciating this country to loving my country.

My uncle fought in the Korean War and my dad was in the Vietnam War, so I understood that men and women sacrificed their own personal freedoms to fight for a cause greater than themselves. I understood that they placed their lives on the line for the sake of America and what she represents. But to be honest, I didn't really love our military...until Sarah Palin. When she spoke about the cause of freedom, the soldiers--like her own son--who made their own independent decisions to fight for the cause of freedom, something clicked within me. All of a sudden, I loved these men and women, I honored their sacrifices, and I wanted to see them given every opportunity to successfully complete their tasks. I never wept on Veteran's Day or Memorial Day...until Sarah Palin. I never participated in a Fourth of July parade...until Sarah Palin, which brings me to another point.

Sarah Palin's present to me took me all the way to Alaska for a month this summer. It is unlikely that I would have ever even heard of Wasilla, AK--nevermind visited Wasilla, AK for a chunk of my summer. But on July 4, 2009, I was marching in a parade in Wasilla with other great Americans, marching with a pride that can only be explained in two words: Sarah Palin. March in a Fourth of July parade? Before Governor Palin, I couldn't even stand to watch a 4th of July parade! But there I was.

To back up a little, I never really prayed for an election like I did last year. Somehow I grasped what was on the line, and I began to cry out to God for this particular election before I even heard Sarah Palin's name. She was that answer to prayer. And once she showed up, I had someone to vote for. Before her, I had never truly voted for a candidate. I voted against a candidate in 2004, but I didn't really vote for anyone until 2008--and that someone was Sarah Palin. I rejoiced to cast my vote for her.

And I wept on the eve of that election day--for the first time ever.

It was shortly thereafter that I got involved with the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, eventually becoming the New York State Organizer, an Executive Board Member, and the Media Director. Me...involved in some kind of political movement? No way! But I knew on the night that Barack Obama became President-elect Obama, that we had not seen the last of Sarah Palin. In fact, that is exactly what I said through the sadness that night. I just knew at that moment--as surely as I knew my own name--that it wasn't over, and so I wanted to throw myself behind supporting someone who had so changed my life and my focus.

It was during this time that I became involved in Team Sarah. I had never seen such a power house emerge so quickly. People from all over the country--and even some from other countries--were committed to remaining strong in their support of America's governor.

The next month, I knew I had to do more, I had to say more, and I had to fight more. That's how Motivation: Truth was born. Little did I know at that time that this conservative blog would draw readers from all over the world. Little did I know that it would stand strong alongside other blogs that support conservative principles and conservative leaders like Sarah Palin. How was I to know then, also, that I would end up being a contributor to at least ten other blogs that stand strong for Governor Palin? This is another gift Governor Palin gave me.

In February, I went to CPAC, the largest gathering of conservatives in America. I had never been there before, nor had I ever heard of it before. But there I was in the company of Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, John Ziegler, Joe the Plumber, Fred Thompson, Michelle Malkin, Mitt Romney, Michael Steele, and so many others. There I was handing out stickers and buttons with 2012 Draft Sarah on them. There I was meeting with Team Sarah members. And there I was fired up to come back home and continue the fight.

Sarah Palin's voice made me raise my own voice on issues of life. I became involved with the local Alight Pregnancy Support Center, offering support to those who are facing unplanned pregnancies. I decided that the best way to fight abortion was to work ahead of time and teach sexual integrity classes, which a friend and I began doing. Starting next month, I am taking that message to my junior high school through our afterschool program.

I now have a deeper appreciation for our special needs children, something I never really thought a lot about before...until Sarah Palin. Through Trig I have an understanding of how much they teach us, how much growth they cause in us, and how perfect they are in God's eyes. It's a lesson that has influenced my classroom and interaction with my students. It's a change of heart that transpired only when Sarah shared Trig with us. I got the message because Sarah gave me that gift.

Probably the most incredible gift Sarah Palin has given me is the gift of friendship. She probably will never know the amount of people she has brought together. I have friends now that I never would have had. In fact, I was marvelling at the fact that my first three birthday wishes came, not from New York, but from three different parts of the country. My first "Happy Birthday" came from Irma in Georgia, followed by Tracey in Alaska, and then Mary in Houston. By the time I returned from church today, I had about 50 different birthday messages from all over the nation--people from Facebook, Twitter, the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. These are people I connected with simply because Sarah Palin brought us together. I communicate with hundreds of people because that's the birthday present Sarah Palin gave me. It is absolutely amazing.

My trip to Alaska, for example, allowed me to meet people who left an indelible mark upon my life.

Of course, meeting Sarah's parents and children were an absolute joy. Her mom, in particular, remains a highlight for me. Her sweet spirit truly left me better off than before meeting her. I saw in her eyes a kindness that is so needed in this world. In her voice is a gentleness that makes those in her presence feel comfortable and safe. In her spirit is a sweetness that explains where Sarah got the same spirit.

I also met a few people who follow my blog. That was fun. Rosie is one such person. She was excited to meet me at the Wasilla picnic after the parade and to take a picture with me. I was like, "Me?!" By the time I had left Alaska, Rosie and I had seen each other several times, I had met her husband and children, we had lunch together, and just had a wonderful time.

I met Ivy, a woman who works, from the heart, for Sarah Palin. You want to talk about true-blue. Ivy is true-blue. My prayer for Sarah is always that she will be surrounded by those who have her best interest at heart, those who would give their absolute all to stand beside, defend, and support her. She has that in Ivy, and Ivy made me feel at home on the Fourth of July. She was the one who invited me to walk in the parade with the Valley Republican Women's Club, welcomed me to Wasilla, and introduced me to Sarah's parents and Piper.

I cannot say enough about Tracey. Tracey and I hit it off from the beginning. We connected, and still communicate just about every day. From meeting for lunch several times, to dinner at her home with her family, to hanging out at Pandemonium, to traveling to and from Fairbanks, we spent much time together. This is a friendship, I believe, that will last forever.

Jessica was also a delight to meet. Many know her as Jessica Beehive, Sarah Palin's personal hairdresser. We know what a talented hairstylist she is just by looking at Sarah, but she is also a sweetheart. Meeting her was a treat, one that I will cherish always.

Eddie Burke, beloved Alaskan radio talk show host, has become dear to me. He opened his studio and allowed me to come on and talk about the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee and Sarah's resignation. After I returned to New York, he had me call in to the show to talk about Obama's address to students on September 8th. He has been an encouragement to me and a great defender of Governor Palin. Would I have ever met Eddie prior to Sarah Palin? I doubt it.

Lynette Bergh is my dear friend--more like a sister. She and her husband were such a blessing to me during my stay in Alaska. They opened their home and their hearts, fed me delicious meals, including the long-awaited moose chili, and treated me like family. We, too, will always be friends.

I would be remiss not to mention April Moore. She is responsible for showing me so much of the great state of Alaska: Fairbanks, Wasilla, Palmer, Anchorage, Homer, Seward, McCarthy, Valdez. We were everywhere--and none of this would have been possible without April.

I am forever indebted to Tom and Kim. Had it not been for them, I never would have had the confidence to plan this trip to Alaska. Tom told me months before going that I not only would enjoy Alaska, but that I needed to go to Alaska. He sensed there was a purpose in it all, and it was a confirmation to me. He was right. His prayers, and his wife's, provided me with wisdom that I needed--and the rest is history.

I spent the last part of my trip with Olga. What a blessing she and her daughters were. Olga and I are still close, communicating often. Olga's prayers move mountains, and I have no doubt that I needed to end my trip to Alaska with her. She blessed me in ways I can't fully express. I could say so much more, but I will simply say that I believe Sarah Palin is so very blessed in part because people like Olga are always praying, always interceding.

Meghan Stapleton's name speaks for itself. I would never have met Sarah in New York had it not been for Meg. I am grateful for her, and for her support of Sarah. She is another who is true-blue. When I think of her, I think of a person who possesses a servant's heart--something so lacking in this world and yet so needed.

Todd Palin, too, truly touched my life and blessed me. When I first met him, I thanked him for being such a secure man, exemplifying such "quiet strength" as he selflessly stands by his wife while she does what she's been called to do. He assured me that they work together, each doing their part.

The problem with naming names is it's impossible to name everyone. There are so many gifts from so many cities in this great nation: there's Lynn, Gayle, Jill, Denise, Billy, Ana, Pastor Kalnins, Jo, Phil, C4P, KJNP, Mayor Graham of Watertown, NY, Kristina, Randy, Susan W, Lisa, Ron, Atlas Shrugs, Kenton, Rachelle, Raj, JD, Nande, and on and on. Sarah Palin has brought all of us together. Like I said, she will never know the full impact she has had on all of our lives.

Obviously, the moments I spent communicating with Sarah herself are moments I will never forget. They left me better off. They gave me the added assurance that she is the real deal, as if I didn't know that already. They gave me a deeper desire to stand up for her, for no one else has had to take the abuse that she has taken for us--for me. If she can do that for me, the very least I can do is stand up for her. They gave me a better understanding of how vital she is to America's progress. More than anything, they gave me a stronger commitment to pray for her.

Sarah Palin's gifts to me are too numerous to count and name. I know this is bigger than she is, however. I believe God has used her to get me to a place He wanted me in. He used Sarah to ignite a fire within me so that I would stand up for what's right, be active, and fight with everything within me. He used Sarah to bring multitudes of people together who would never--before Sarah--have had an occasion to talk, to meet, to stand together for the cause.

When Sarah Palin walked into America's heart, a fire was shut up inside my bones--a greater love for God, for America, for our military, for our children, for freedom, and for life itself. I had never experienced such great passion, and I told a few people, "Well, if it disappears in about two weeks, I'll know I was just caught up in the moment. However, if it remains, I'll know there's something to this thing." I think it's safe to say there's something to this thing! I do not have it all fully figured out yet, I do not yet know all that God wants me to do with what He has birthed within me through the gift of Sarah Palin, but I do know He's got a plan--and I will work with all my might to support the one he's used to light that fire.

Thank you, Sarah Palin, for giving me so much and making my birthday so special.


LoveThatGirl September 27, 2009 at 6:30 PM  

Adrienne my friend I am so happy for you.
You have touched so many lives in just one year. Your blog, Facebook page and Twitter have allowed you to speak to more people than you will ever know. Many read your post and do not comment, and some do. I am glad we are friends, I know God brought us together. You in New York and me in Georgia, originally from Texas, only God could do this.
Thank you Adrienne for being my friend.
Happy Birthday and God bless you, Irma

Straight Talk from D.C. September 27, 2009 at 6:31 PM  

Happy Birthday! Sarah Palin has truly impacted so many lives, male and female, young and old, Democrat and Republican. As a 17 year-old, I, like you, was never interested in politics. I avoided watching the news and merely copied the views of my parents. I don't remember when I first watched Sarah Palin speak and I don't remember what drove me to watch it, but I do know that I immediately fell in love with how down to Earth she was. Never had I seen a politician which I felt I could relate to. She has made me more pro-life and has even brought me closer to my God. I could never be more grateful. Thank you for posting this. Have a very blessed birthday!

xroadcop September 27, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

Happy Birthday, kid.

Sarah is a gift to us all, unstained by politics

Kristina September 27, 2009 at 6:48 PM  


I hope you have a very blessed birthday! I have enjoyed getting to know you over this past year and I am so glad to have you as a friend. Sarah Palin is a gift to all of us, and I am so glad that she has brought all of these wonderful people together!

Nande September 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM  

First...Happy Birthday!!! (again) :-D

Second, I absolutely know what you mean about becoming more patriotic after coming to know and understand more about Gov. Palin! I remember watching her and Sen. McCain on television, listening to their words on the radio, or, best of all, seeing their love for their country in person at local rallies. Suffices to say, after a couple of months of that, I found I had a new appreciation for this beautiful country of ours. It made me ask myself, "Why the heck didn't I realize this sooner??!!" I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who needed a wake up call... were at CPAC?! Geesh - there were only like 4 of "us" there - if only we had chatted...Oh well, we probably exchanged a head nod greeting or something :-)

Thanks for being a part of this wonderful Palin-lovin' community! You and all these other great tweeps and peeps give me faith in the goodness of my fellow citizens. Many blessings to you in the next year!

Jackytc September 27, 2009 at 9:05 PM  

"I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow." Abraham Lincoln
This I think about you, Adrienne!
¡Feliz CumpleaƱos! Happy Birthday!from Puerto Rico....!

Anonymous,  September 27, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

Having read your words above, I realize that I, too, have changed thanks to Sarah Palin. I had never knitted baby sweaters, not even for my own grandkids. I was always busy working. Then Sarah came along with little Trig and then Bristol gave birth to Tripp and, well I just had to knit little sweaters for both boys. I have never bothered with American History, before Sarah Palin, now I read it voraciously. How could I have so missed it while getting educated? I just don't understand now. Sarah has indeed brought many people of diverse backgrounds together; her love of country, family, love of God through professing Jesus as her Saviour is so comforting. Someone who cares enough to run for public office who isn't afraid of being who she is...well, it's a breath of fresh air in a political climate of corruption. We need Sarah more now, than ever before. What can I do to make a reality out of the dream of a President who will act exactly as she campaigned she would. We need some honesty at the top. For your part in putting us all together...I am forever grateful. Happy Birthday again dear friend...many, many more and each one better than the last. Muriel in NH

JeanA September 27, 2009 at 9:32 PM  

Happy Birthday, Adrienne!

Hazaa Blue-Eyes September 27, 2009 at 10:00 PM  

I'm so glad that Sarah Palin inspired you. Through her gift to you, you were able to pass on the gift of your voice and your passion through your blog to the rest of us.

May you have a wonderful birthday. =)

Rosie Torres,  September 27, 2009 at 10:16 PM  

Happy Birthday Adrienne!

What a great post. You are so humble and I appreciate your sharing how thankful you are for everything. You are a great example to many and especially to me. You have had an impact on me that not many people have and I am grateful to you for it. Thanks for being so down to earth and most importantly my friend. Someday when I have the great oppurtunity to visit New York I plan on seeing you again and we can do lunch! *hugs*


Whitney The Pipsqueak September 27, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

Happy birthday, Adrienne! You are right about the impact that Governor Palin has had on so many of us.

The 2013 inauguration would just 8 days after my 30th birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate a birthday (likely, with many of you) than to see a President Palin inauguration, Lord willing.

Sapwolf September 28, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

Happy Birthday Adrienne!

Thanks for keeping up the good work.


Anonymous,  September 28, 2009 at 12:17 AM  

GREAT, WONDERFUL POST, ADRIENNE! To go from lukewarmness to passionate love...that is assuredly a God journey! Your story is a huge expression of what other supporters of Sarah Palin have experienced in varying intensities since her appearing on the horizon. May you go from strength to strength in the Lord! Happy birthday! from hooi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Penny September 28, 2009 at 12:26 AM  

Though it's late on "your day", Happy Birthday, Adrienne!

Wonderful post. You speak for so many of us. Although I was always patriotic in the sense that I would get teared up at the playing of the National Anthem and sit glued to the TV whenever an American was competing in the Olympics, politics was pretty much a "whatever" proposition to me. Your post summarizes exactly the impact Sarah Palin had on me as well. Thank you for putting it so beautifully. I love my country more than I ever have and cannot wait to work to help that wonderful woman accomplish her personal political goals and the visions we share for our country. Thank you Sarah Palin and thank you Adrienne.

P.S I hope you don't hold it against me that I stated that I'd rather you didn't cream Sarah in a game of one on one. I'm pretty sure I was a better Bballer than Sarah, and you would cream me too. :)


Anonymous,  September 28, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

Happy birthday, Adrienne from a fellow C4Per.


Anonymous,  September 28, 2009 at 5:35 AM  

Happy Birthday Adrienne,

I hope you has a blessed day!

Your words above, but the sentiment is the same for so many of us. I, like you, never followed politics much less a presidential election and usually voted against rather than for someone.
I never use to like it when the news was even on and now I am very tuned-in, educated and informed about all the issues. Something changed for me too when Sarah walked on to the stage last year. A passion for standing up for my beliefs (regardless of their popularity) and standing up for what is right was awakened. Sarah did that. She made people (me) care more about the Country, our way of life, and defending our freedoms which we all too often take for granted. With Sarah, I think we have definitely not seen the last of her and I think the best is yet to come.

Kathy - moms4freedom (TS)
moms4liberty (twitter)

Mary Baker September 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM  


You got that right about the naming thing. I thought I know if I even think about naming one person when I get on the show that was not my husband or family member, I was setting myself up for disaster. I just stuck with the topics. But you know I believe that these types of recognition should not go to just people you know but people who actually are personally involved in ones life.

It's like everyone wants you to remember them when you have a platform, but otherwise, there is really no connection. You are an amazing woman, and even if you had not mentioned my name, you would always be my special sister. Just as you said, you and I and Anna, came from two totally different places to meet up at CPAC. That is forever in my reservior of memories. And it was all because of Team Sarah. So keep it up girl, God has great things planned for you.

Doug Brady September 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

Happy Birthday Adrienne! My birthday is also September 27th.

Anonymous,  September 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

Happy Birthday Adrienne! I follow you on Twitter and love your blog. God bless you!

There are a lot of September Birthdays.. mine was Friday. :-)

Mizzouqt September 29, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

Happy Belated Birthday Adrienne!!! I feel the same way as you about Sarah...she woke me up politically also and I'm glad that she did! Like you, I have made alot of friends too and I'm happy that you are one of them!: )

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