By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com
Today, September 27, 2009, is my birthday. Nevermind how old I am; that's not important!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
My trip to Alaska, for example, allowed me to meet people who left an indelible mark upon my life.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.