Journey from Alaska to Beyond

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Getting home from Alaska took a lot of work--so much so that I started to wonder if I was even supposed to come home. What a journey.

Because I was flying standby, I had no way of knowing if I would get on each plane or would have to wait because of no available seats. I chose to fly out of Anchorage rather than Fairbanks because of the Eddie Burke interview. I also thought it wise to do so because, with so many people flying into Fairbanks to attend Sarah Palin's farewell speech, I figured it might be a chore getting out. So to Anchorage I went.

Olga dropped me off at the airport at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, and I was to fly out at 12:30 a.m. However, I learned that it wasn't looking good for me to get on that flight. I tweeted:

It's not looking good 4 getting on this flight leaving Anchrg. = the downside 2 flying standby. Why am I not concerned?

Shortly thereafter, I learned that the flight was indeed full. I tweeted:

It's official: no room on flight. Standing by 4 the next one, but that 1 doesn't look 2 good either. This could get really 'fun.'

As it turned out, I was able to get on that second flight and landed in Seattle about 5:00 a.m. Seattle time. This is where it gets crazy, as those of you who follow me on Twitter know:

Been here on layover 3 1/2 hrs-looks like I wont have a seat. Nxt flite out is anthr 6 hrs which will mess up last flight from DC 2 NY

After waiting almost four hours, I learned the flight was full. I would have to spend another six hours there before the next flight! The problem with that--other than simply having to remain there, which was bad enough--was that it would cause me to miss my next flight--the last flight of the night--out of DC going to New York. In other words, after spending almost ten hours in a Seattle airport, I would have to spend the night in a DC airport! No way! The irony of it all is that I had considered remaining in Alaska longer, but I didn't want to pay the money it would cost to change the DC ticket. Because I would miss that flight, I would have to pay to change it anyway! How crazy. But look at what happened:

God is so good. Lady I just spoke 2 from US Air rsvd me from DC 2 NY--I'm stuck till a.m. but she didnt charge me-says 'Uve been thru enuff'

When I couldn't get on the first flight in Anchorage, friends in Alaska started joking that perhaps I wasn't supposed to leave. I loved the sound of that, for sure. When everything seemed to fall apart in Seattle, I even considered going back. Let's see: ten hours waiting in Seattle or flying back to Alaska, where I wanted to be anyway, in only three hours. I just kept my ears, eyes, and heart open. The Lord had orchestrated every aspect of my trip to and through Alaska. I had no reason to think He wasn't in control at this point, so I just kept walking, looking, and expecting.

Thinking about being stuck in a DC airport for the night, I tweeted:

Must be a purpose in this. When I finally get 2 DC wonder if the Prez will hook a sistuh up w/ a WH room 4 the nite!

@nancyhan77 That's what I tweeted. He ought to help a sistuh out! That's why we need Sarah in there. She'd hook a sister up for sure!

I was so tired from not having slept, as I was already in transit when most people were asleep for the night, I started struggling to stay awake in the airport and was just feeling downright exhausted and had had enough. Then, after all those hours there, I was told that it was a possibility that I still wouldn't get on. Oh no!!! I came to a decision:

People r boarding. If I cant get on, that is my sign to take my tail bk to AK! I will know shortly

Needless to say, I got on, but I was about through! For real.

I ended up having the middle seat on the flight to DC. My neck was aching from the uncomfortable seats, and I just wanted it all to be over. It was already emotional for me because I was aware assuredly now that the next touch-down would find me too far from Alaska to consider turning around. Add to that being uncomfortable and squished...But I really did take it all in stride and was amazed at the peace I was able to walk in.

A cool thing happened, too. I was wearing my Team Sarah shirt, and when I boarded this plane, one of the flight crew members mentioned it. He said he had been in Fairbanks for Sarah Palin's farewell address and that he had met her. You should have seen the look in his eyes and the pride he had at meeting her. Awesome--and just indicative of the impact that she has. I told him I had been in Alaska all month. Talking to him was a sweet point in the midst of a sour journey. By the way, my shirt didn't get as friendly a reception when I got to DC! In the airport there, I tweeted:
This DC airport might me a dangerous place to be wearing my Team Sarah shirt! Already got some looks! LOL! God bless Sarah.

I was so exhausted that I fell asleep before the plane took off. My favorite part of flying is the take off. I love the speed on the runway and feeling the plane lift off the ground. I don't know about others, but it is such a spiritual experience for me. Why? Because I know that only by God's grace could man be able to create a means to fly! I remain in awe of it, to be honest. So when the plane picked up speed, I awoke, but believe it or not, I feel asleep before the lift. That's how tired I was. My favorite part of flying is the liftoff. I love how the plane picks up speed and then lifts off the ground. But I never got to experience the lift. Imagine being awake for the runway drive, and falling asleep before the liftoff! That's just sick! And I was so out of it, I wouldn't be surprised if I was snoring, leaning, drooling, and everything else people do in their sleep if they're overtired.

When I woke, I had a good conversation with the woman on my left. Her name is Michele, and she asked me about my shirt. I'm not sure where her loyalties were, but she seemed interested in my time in Alaska and my involvement in the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. When she heard I would not have a flight out of DC, she gave me her number and said, "I don't normally do this, and I hope you're not an axe murderer, but if you are stranded, you can stay at my house." I could tell this was not something she does regularly and that she wasn't an axe murderer, and I apreciate her offer. As it turns out, Denise--fellow member of 2012 DSC, Team Sarah, and Virginia resident drove the 2 1/2 hours to DC with her sons, got a hotel room, and picked me up from the airport. She said it was a great opportunity to take her boys to the zoo there the next day. I'm telling you, Sarah supporters are an awesome family. Thank you again, Denise!

I woke up early this morning, got ready, and went for a prayer walk in the nation's capital. It's stifling there--and I'm not just talking about the physical heat. I'm talking about the spiritual heat. Wheww... I tweeted:
Headed out on a prayer walk here in the nation's capital of DC. I can feel the strongholds - thick. Praying to tear 'em down.

Denise got me to the airport and I returned to New York without incident. I still feel like I am enduring a bit of culture shock. As my friends Sally and Peter drove me to their home where my car has been stored, I looked around for mountains, but there weren't any. This certainly is not Alaska. I drove to my house, put the car in the garage, and went in the door. I tweeted:
Home...it feels so small inside

That's true. It just felt little, empty, un-Alaskan!

At 6:30 p.m., I did an interview with Lee Davis, conservative talk show host in Alabama. He posed some very thought-provoking questions regarding the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, Sarah Palin, and the impact of her leaving office. He even asked me what advice I would give Sarah to help her be successful in a run for the presidency. You'll have to listen to the interview to find out what my answer was. Unfortunately, I could not find archives of his broadcasts, but maybe you'll do a better job surfing his site than I. So go to http://www.101wyde.com/. If you can find the archives, please let me know. I would enjoy hearing it myself.

So what's next for Adrienne? I have received so many encouraging words, prayers, thoughts. I cannot get back to everyone, and I cannot express how much I appreciate all of you. As for me, I do not know precisely what is next. I know that something is next. I know that this is a life-changing time for me. I also know that I cannot live life the way it has been lived. I just can't go back to business as usual, nor do I believe that's the plan. Sitting here resting on my couch today has been necessary; it may take a couple days for me to get rested and get my head on straight. However, it feels foreign doing this--sitting, waiting, looking around. I can't do it. I am compelled--driven--to speak up for God's Word, for this country, for Sarah Palin and the values she embodies. Even as I drove back through town, I saw kids leaving summer school. Normally, my neck is stretched as I look for kids to honk my horn at. Today was different. I just couldn't get into it. One of the students I had last year saw me drive by and yelled out my name. I waved at him, but it just wasn't the same. There was no tug on my heart, no rise in enthusiasm, no...passion. There has been a shift. It started a few weeks before the school year ended, and I see it has shifted further. I am interested in discovering what God plans for me even in the next month before school begins.

Well, I am in no way done sharing Alaska with you. I will be posting more pictures and sharing more stories. So I'll keep blogging on, so you keep logging on. Besides, in light of the big picture, I just know you don't want to miss anything.

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Leaving Alaska but Taking it with Me

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My heart is so full. This past month in Alaska has filled me up to overflowing, but I must admit, as full as I am, it has left me with room for more. I am not so full that I wouldn't take another helping of this Alaskan experience. God has truly blessed me to be able to be here, and I am assured that I will never be the same. I'm bringing Alaska home with me. I don't want to offend my friends and family at home, but I would just love to stay. I do feel a certain peace, however, about leaving. There was a time when I contemplated returning home and the sadness was thick. Now, I don't quite feel that way, but there's just a slight sadness at the thought of not being here, being home trying to figure out how things will be. I am so confident that God brought me here, and therefore, I remain confident that His plan will be revealed. I could share story after story of what the Lord has spoken and done for, through, and within me here. I have not even one doubt that I am in the middle of God's plan by being here. I hold that knowledge deep within me, and it enables me to believe that I will not go home to "business as usual." The plan was not to just come and leave. The plan is greater. The doors that have opened have been mind-blowing, but even they don't tell the full story. Like I said, I am so full.

Hopefully, I will fly out of Anchorage after midnight. I say "hopefully" because I am flying standby, which means a seat must be available for me. If there's no seat, well, then other arrangements will have to be made. If those arrangements involve staying here longer, then so be it. I really am living my life right now in a state of keeping my eyes open, keeping my ears atuned, and maintaining an open heart. I have heard preachers preach for years about "stepping out" and "being out on a limb." I've done my share of that in my life, but this is a new thing. This is literally a time for me where I am just waiting on God and expecting Him to reveal what's next. I've been doing that this whole month--and more and more comes, piece after piece. A former pastor used to pray all the time, "As the leaves of the trees respond to the wind, Lord, so let my spirit respond to your Spirit." That's it exactly! I'm just available to respond as God moves, to be so sensitive to His leading that I will discern even a slight nudge from the Lord. My expectation is high, and I can't wait to discover what's next. I say that knowing that I know that I know that something is next.

I have a couple LONG layovers on this trip back to New York, which I don't like. One of them is about 4 hours long, and the other is about 5 hours. Because of that, I will be traveling for about 24 hours. I'm not looking forward to that, but I will be watching, listening, expecting.

Anyway, let me catch you up on the last couple days. Things have gone crazy! Everyone was tweeting, emailing, and texting me about seeing me on Fox News. I haven't seen it on television yet, but apparently Fox has shown it at least 3 times. That's cool, and I wish I could see it. The big thing for me has been the attention regarding the picture I took of Sarah Palin holding Mark Levin's book. It has gone all over the nation--and to different parts of the world, I'm sure. Even Levin gave me a shout out at the beginning of his show yesterday and linked to my blog from his site. A multitude of people have been coming to my site from his, which is very, very cool--a distinct honor. You can listen to him give this blog a shout-out on his radio show by clicking here, where he mentions it at the 2:48 mark. Go here to see the page on his website where he put the picture and the link to the article I wrote called, "I Met Sarah Palin Again (with pics & video)." American Thinker also posted the picture along with a blurb about me. Riehl World posted the picture and some comments about me here and here. He named one article "Meet Adrienne Ross." Other sites have included the picture and different discussions about the significance of this particular picture.

I had not intended to return to Wasilla yesterday, but when Alaska's Best Eddie Burke invited me on his show again, I decided I was going to go back to Anchorage, do his show, spend the night in Wasilla, and then simply fly out of Anchorage instead of flying out of Fairbanks. I had a lot of fun on the Eddie Burke Radio Show yesterday. The conversation was centered on everything from Sarah Palin, to President Obama's health care plan, to media bias, to abortion, to the Black community. In fact, one of the last callers was moved to tears when discussing the last issue. I was quite moved as he shared his heart. You can listen to the Eddie Burke interview by going to http://www.kbyr.com/, and clicking on "Podcasts." When you get to Eddie Burke's page, you will see some broadcast dates and will be able to click the arrow left or right to get to 7-27-09. I encourage you to listen, as it was a good time. That was just the highlight of the day because earlier that day I was on the radio with Mayor Jeff Graham of Watertown, NY, who interviewed me about Sarah Palin and the Governor's Picnic. This was the second time he interviewed me since coming to Alaska. In a previous blog post, I joked that I had to come to Alaska to get an interview with New York! I have another interview coming up too. A few minutes ago, I received an email from a conservative talk show host in Alabama who wants to have me on the air. Needless to say, it's been a wild ride. I am enjoying it all because I get to talk about what I believe is important to America, Sarah Palin and the values she represents. I get to talk about the goal of the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, which is to encourage her to run for the 2012 Presidential nomination. Basically, I get to attempt to do what I want to do, and that is to do Sarah Palin justice and make her proud. Her values are common sense and imperative for this nation, and her heart is about service. I don't get caught up in a lot of things or people, but Sarah...now, she's someone I can support and get fired up about. She's right for this hour--"for such a time as this."

So...unless something takes place, I am headed out of Alaska in a few hours. I am not done sharing with you this amazing experience, however. There are so many pictures and other stories coming your way once I get home and settled.

Thank you to all of you who have been following my blog, leaving comments, and just sharing yourselves. Thank you for praying for America, and for Sarah, and for me. As I always say, "The best is yet to come."

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Governor Sarah Palin: A Fairbanks Farewell (includes great pics)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Todd and Sarah Palin pray during invocation at inauguration ceremony.
Picture: http://www.daylife.com/photo/0gyg8cMgOf6v1.


Governor Palin steps down today...uh, steps aside..okay, let me say what I mean: Governor Palin steps up today. She is now free to move into a higher calling and effect change on a larger scale.

The activities at the Governor's Picnic in Fairbanks today (Well, it's about 2:00 a.m., but anyway...) were most appropriate and spoke to what Sarah Palin is all about. Sarah served Alaskans. Nothing new there. That's what she's been doing: governing with a servant's heart. I watched her as she put food on plate after plate. The line was incredibly long because everyone wanted food from Sarah! She didn't just slap some chicken on a plate either. As people went by, Sarah was saying, "What's your name?" to person after person. Most politicians couldn't care less what your name is; all they want is for you to get your chicken leg and then get your behind out the way!

I watched as Sarah was intent on serving one guy who seemed to have been shorted somehow. I'm not sure exactly what had happened, but she wanted to be sure he got his food. When she got his attention and put the food on his plate, I heard her say, "Thanks for letting me serve you." That blew me away. Thanks for letting me serve you?! How many people ever thank people for being allowed to be a blessing to them? But that's Sarah Palin. And as she addressed Alaskans for the last time as their governor a few hours later, she was still saying the same thing with all her heart: "Thanks for letting me serve you." And what Alaskans were saying in return was, "No, Sarah. Thank YOU for serving us."

I have never seen someone love her state more--she absolutely loves the beauty, the hardiness, the richness, and the destiny of Alaska. And that's Sarah. Her heart is all about Alaska. And knowing that, I thank her. Now, as you know, I am not an Alaskan, but I thank her nonetheless because that passion has caused me to evaluate my own heart and my personal commitments. I thank her because I understand that her call to service has not come without a price. It has cost her much. It has not come without sacrifice, without trials, without tears, and without the need for intercessory prayer. It has, in some ways, cost her the opportunity to continue to be the governor of the state she loves so dearly. No, I'm not an Alaskan, and true, it was not my governor exiting office today, but as an American, I thank her because I know that when she said "yes" to John McCain to serve in a greater capacity, excuse me, but all hell broke loose. Yet she has stood her ground. I thank her for being willing to suffer the abuse that she has for the sake of a greater good and obedience to a higher calling. Sarah Palin, it has not gone without notice. Thank YOU.

Now...I couldn't help myself today, so I approached some people who were carrying hateful anti-Palin signs. Please help me with something. Why would people displaying signs saying they are "Sick of Sarah" or want her to "Go Home" come to the Governor's Picnic? Why? I can assure you of this one thing: You would not find me at a Barack Obama picnic. You just wouldn't. Why would I go? I don't agree with much of anything he does. I don't like his form of leadership. And frankly, I don't trust him. So if they don't like Sarah or they think ill of her, why would they spend hours at a picnic where a multitude of people are assembled to honor her on her last day in office? If they were truly sick of Sarah, they'd have gone fishing, or rock climbing, or maybe they would have taken a hike. Now that last one is quite a thought! The truth is they can't get enough of Sarah. They're not sick of Sarah; they're just sick!

I couldn't help myself and had to approach a group of haters. I just had to. I wanted to pick their brains, but it got a little testy. They talked about how she changed when she got back from the campaign trail. I suggested that they had changed. They complained about her being too mean when she said Barack Obama was "palling around with terrorists." Okay, help me again. We have an unrepentant domestic terrorist, and they are more loyal to him than to their own. Scratching my head over this. When I said, "Well, wasn't he a terrorist?" they refused to answer me.

I won't even bother going into all their foolish reasonings, but I asked them to talk, so I listened. Well, I listened a little bit, but I couldn't keep my mouth closed--for which one lady reprimanded me. One thing that annoyed me was her comment about Sarah traveling back to Alaska to give birth when she went into early labor with Trig, rather than going to the first hospital she could find. We went back and forth on that, and I finally said, "You know, some of the people you support would have preferred she not even carry Trig to term at all, so give me a break!" She didn't respond to that at all. The hypocrisy is sickening.

Haters are haters, you know. They have ankle fetishes, so what can you say? Sarah put them in their place, though. Please watch the video of her speech when they tried to make a scene and she shut them up with just a few words. I mean, she lit 'em up, and it didn't take much to do it.

There weren't too many haters, though. Masses of masses of people just adore and appreciate the governor. They are grateful for what she has done, and they wanted so desperately to show their support--and that they did. So the few cannot spoil the love of many. The love was overflowing. There were signs everywhere supporting Sarah. There were T-shirts proudly worn. There were cheers--and tears, I'm sure. There were people who were happy for her and people who just didn't want to let her go. However, I sensed no sadness in Sarah at all. My prayer has been--and was again for her this morning during my prayer time--that she would have such a blessed assurance and confirmation that she was doing the right thing--no regrets, no wonders. And I did not sense either one. This is a woman who spent her time praying about this decision months prior to her announcement, so when July 2+6 (= New Beginnings) came, she was ready. And what a speech--from beginning to end. As I listened to her at one point, I said to Tracey and Jill: She is so presidential--and she is. I was captivated by her words. Why do multitudes of people gather to hear her speak--every time? Simple: She speaks common sense. She understands the Constitution; she understands states' rights; she understands government's role in the lives of citizens; and she understands where that role ends and personal responsibility begins; she understands that energy independence is vital to America's safety, and that we can care about developing our own resources and care about the environment simultaneously, as she said today; she understands that our military sacrifices greatly for America, and we must honor them and protect their efforts. Sarah Palin understands that the way out of national debt is not going into deeper debt by spending more money. Like I said, she has common sense--something severely lacking in the leaders of our nation today. And Sarah is not afraid to call a spade a spade. She told the media off, basically calling them liars. And she told them that when Sean Parnell was sworn in as Governor Parnell they were to "Leave his kids alone!" The entire speech was amazing. My advice to all of you: Go to YouTube, find it, watch it!

Now, let me share a few highlights. I talked quite a bit to Sarah's parents again. I absolutely love her mom. She is just the sweetest woman--and again, her memory blows me away as she greeted me with, "Hi, Adrienne" once again. Her dad is hilarious. He introduced me to Sarah's brother, Chuck Heath, Jr., as the one who is always "bouncing a basketball around!" It is no surprise that Sarah is so grounded; her parents are the same way. This is the first time I met Chuck, Jr., but he was also very cool--just a friendly guy. At the end of the picnic when I went to say goodbye to the Heaths, Mrs. Heath said, "Oh, we will see you again." I said, "I know you will." Wonderful people--not just because they're Sarah Palin's parents; they just really are.

I really wanted to see Todd Palin again; I enjoyed talking to him in Auburn, NY, but he wasn't at the Wasilla Picnic (if so, I didn't see him), so I was hoping to get to talk to him again in Fairbanks. I found him, and he came over. We talked a bit about where I had traveled in the state and what I had been doing. He's such a cool guy. I guess that's why they call him the First Dude.

The other person I wanted to see was Meghan Stapleton, Sarah's Spokesperson. She is the one responsible for granting me the opportunity to meet Sarah in New York, for which I am still most grateful. It was great to see her and talk to her. She has my respect because she is such a good friend to Sarah, is so good at speaking up on her behalf, and just stands by her side. I like that in people. It's called loyalty. So many people just want to make a name for themselves. They don't know how to serve others. In fact, they're offended by the term. But I sense something completely different in Meg. I watched her in New York as Governor Palin prepared to speak at City Hall. Meg is, as Sarah says, "Her right-hand man." It was quite hot, and Meg went in and out carrying bottled water to Sarah and everyone else sitting on the steps of City Hall. Now someone else in that situation--if asked to do what Meg was doing--may have thought, Hey, I'm the Spokesperson; that's not my job. But Meghan served. That may have gone unnoticed to some, but that's the kind of thing that jumps out at me. And I remember how that stood out to me that Saturday morning. Maybe it's my Christian faith, but I always view people with servants' hearts as people of incredible power. It's evidenced by how we live our lives, too. I just believe that true humility is something that is revealed in what we do, rather than what we say--and when we can give ourselves to someone else without feeling like we're losing out...well, it's just something special. Whenever I saw Meghan during that weekend, she was serving: getting water, keeping the crowd from devouring Sarah, standing by her side--whatever, she was loyally serving. In a time when service has become a 4-letter word, an insult to egomaniacal self-seekers, Meghan wears it well--in whatever capacity she happens to be serving at that moment. Service should not be something to be shunned. It's something to be embraced. It reveals true character of heart; that's what I see in Meghan. And because I truly care about the governor, that's what I want for her: people who have her best interest at heart, who will walk alongside her with integrity. In this new place in her life that God has brought her to, she needs that more than ever. I would like that opportunity myself; it's something I feel called to, but regardless, I just want Sarah to have people around her who are professional, faithful, and committed--and that's Meghan Stapleton, so I was delighted to talk to her and take a picture with her.

On an interesting note: You will also see pictures of Sarah Palin's dressing room. "How did you get into her dressing room?" you ask. Some things I just can't tell--or I'd have to dispose of you. LOL! Actually it's not that deep--but I ain't telling!

I was interviewed by Fox News today regarding the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, for which I am the Media Director, as well as the New York State Organizer. I've gotten all kinds of texts and tweets from people who saw the interview and said it ROCKED. Unfortunately, it aired before Sarah made her speech, and obviously I was watching the speech and not myself on television, so I missed it. Thanks to SarahNet, however, you can see a few seconds of it here. He placed it into a clip with most of Sarah's speech--right at the beginning. That's all I can get for you guys for now because that's all I even have for me!

After Sarah's speech and Sean Parnell's inauguration, I was on the Eddie Burke radio show briefly and we chatted about the Governor's Picnic. Tomorrow Tracey and I will be in Eddie Burke's studio in Anchorage, where I was a couple weeks ago. Tune in to www.kbyr.com. He will have the new governor, Sean Parnell on at 2:00, and I believe Tracey and I will go on at 3:30. Remember, this is Alaska time. He will also interview by phone another member of the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, Kristina, our local organizer in Buffalo, NY.

So I will be going back to...guess where? Wasilla! I brought all my stuff here to Fairbanks, expecting to be here the next couple days and then fly out from here. However, when Eddie Burke asked us to come on the show, well...back to Anchorage for the show, and then back to Wasilla for the night. So now I'm planning to fly out of Anchorage on Tuesday night. I have an open ticket to return from Alaska to Washington, D.C., so I can fly out of anywhere, anyday--as long as I can get a flight! And it gets tricky if I can't because my flight from D.C. to New York is not open--must fly out Tuesday night--or pay to change the reservation. This could get interesting. Maybe I won't go home at all! LOL! Anyway, I will start my day tomorrow being interviewed by Jeff Graham, mayor of Watertown, NY, on his radio show. He interviewed me a couple weeks ago also. Since we are leaving Fairbanks around 7:00 a.m., my interview with the mayor will have to be on the road--except much of the way back to Anchorage has no cell phone service. Uh oh...Just thought of that!

By the way, I still want that one-on-one game with Sarah, and I put my plug in again with her dad! By the way, I didn't have to beat Sarah in basketball to get moose chili. Look at what I tweeted today:
Lynette's hubby made me a gr8 breakfast here in North Pole & afterwards I just HAD 2 have some moose chili! Does this mean I'm an AKn now?!

In conclusion, I am very happy for Sarah Palin. Great things are in store for her, as I have always said. God's plan is HUGE, and I know she will continue to advocate for Alaska and to impact the nation of America--which will impact the nations. Yes, I was completely thrown when Sarah made her announcement on July 3rd, two days after I arrived. But I am also honored to be here as she begins a new phase of her life. I am so proud of her, and I declare and decree over her life that "The best is yet to come."

Here is her tweet sent out a little after the picnic--Sarah Palin style to the core:


Last state twitter. Thank you Alaska! I love you. God bless Alaska. God bless the U.S.A.

Sarah, YOU are so very loved. God bless YOU also.
We now call you Private Citizen Sarah--until we get to call you Commander in Chief.

Now enjoy some pictures. They are scattered and not necessarily in the order of the activities of the picnic.


Above: Pioneer Park entrance



Above: Lynette and I outside park entrance. Lynette is a dear friend and the Fairbanks Organizer for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee.


Above: A whole family of Sarah supporters



Above: Pledge of Allegiance


Above: Look at Trig smiling at his sister, Piper.


Above: More brother and sister




Above: Now it's Mommy's turn to hold lil Trig.










Above and below: Piper is so cute!











Above and below: Governor Palin gives her last speech as Governor of Alaska.




Above: Sean Parnell takes the oath of office while his wife holds the Bible.


Above: Governor Parnell greets the state of Alaska.










Above: Todd Palin and I share a pic.










Above: Meghan Stapleton and I catch a moment together.


Above: People showing their appreciation for Sarah.


Above: This is the way to Governor Palin's dressing room.




Above and below: Sarah's dressing room.






Above: The haters and their pitiful sign seriously outnumbered




Next several pictures: Governor Palin serving food for hours before her speech and Parnell's inauguration














Sarah is always focusing on the person who is speaking to her.
















Above: Left to right: Chuck, Jr., Me, Mr. Heath, and Mrs. Heath. I love Sarah's parents' shirts!










Above and below: My interview with Springer of Fox News.

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VIDEO Clip of Sarah Palin Talking to Me at Wasilla Governor's Picnic

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Watch the video below of the news report of the Wasilla Governor's Picnic. Sarah and I are at 33 seconds in. You can completely see and hear Sarah as she talks to me, but you can only hear me and see my arm! I guess with Sarah there, why would they put the camera on me?! LOL! If you watch her eyes, you can see what I mean by how she zones in and gives her complete attention when talking to a person. In person, you can see it, but more than that you can feel it. Read the comment that was left on my last blog post by LoveThatGirl. She is someone who knows exactly what I mean.

My thanks to my Twitter peep LoLornaMarie for tweeting me the link!

If you have not read my account of the picnic, please scroll to my previous post, read, and see pictures.




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I Met Sarah Palin Again (with pics & video)


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.

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