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Governor Palin: Life With Trig

Governor Palin has a heartwarming  article published at the Daily Beast (yes, THAT Daily Beast) today, titled Life With Trig: Sarah Palin on Raising a Special-Needs Child:

Last week, Rick Santorum and his family offered us a reminder of what really matters. When his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, born with Trisomy 18, was hospitalized with pneumonia, Rick left the campaign trail to be by her bedside. In the middle of this very heated campaign season, many of us prayed through tears for Bella’s health and added prayers of thankfulness for a public example of someone’s sacrifice made with the right priorities.

It’s a sacrifice every parent and caregiver of a child with special needs sympathizes with. Families of children with special needs are bonded by a shared experience of the joys, challenges, fears, and blessings of raising these beautiful children whom we see as perfect in this imperfect world.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, on rope lines at rallies across the country, my husband, Todd, and I met so many of these families and caretakers, and I’ll never forget them. There was an instant connection—a kind of mutual acknowledgment that said, “Yes, these children are precious and loved. Yes, we face extra fears and challenges, but our children are a blessing, and the rest of the world is missing out in not knowing this.”

Every parent struggles with juggling the commitments of work and family. Women, especially, know this well. Over the years, I’ve learned that women can “have it all,” just not all at once. For me, it was a lesson learned through the school of hard knocks, but it was one my own mother made me aware of when she calmly told me that as a working mom in the rough-and-tumble political arena, I would have to make tough choices. We all do. In making decisions about my career, I’ve put my family first, and I’ve never regretted it, although it has meant periodically putting particular pursuits on the back burner.

When I discovered early in my pregnancy that my baby would be born with an extra chromosome, the diagnosis of Down syndrome frightened me so much that I dared not discuss my pregnancy for many months. All I could seem to muster was a calling out to God to prepare my heart for what was ahead. My prayers were answered beyond my shallow understanding of what true joy could be. Yes, raising a child with special needs is a unique challenge, and there’s still fear about my son Trig’s future because of health and social challenges; and certainly some days are much more difficult than if I had a “normal” child.

Many everyday activities like doctor’s appointments and social gatherings and travel accommodations and even mealtimes and a solid night of sleep are that much more difficult, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade the relative difficulties for any convenience or absence of fear. God knew what he was doing when he blessed us with Trig. We went from fear of the unknown to proudly displaying a bumper sticker sent to us that reads: “My kid has more chromosomes than your kid!” He may not be the next Wayne Gretzky, but our hearts are filled with so much pride watching Trig giggle with his sisters’ puppies, or sway to the rhythm of his Little Angels DVDs, it’s as if he were hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Granted, I know I may be more fortunate than others to have loving friends and a big, supportive family I call on to help, including a husband who spends many sleepless nights with this restless little one. (And Todd actually makes Trig’s puréed baby food!) Others aren’t so fortunate, and in our thankfulness I am made more compassionate toward others who have less.

I often think now, what would we do without Trig? He’s our “everything that really matters.”

You can read the entire piece here.

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  • JLAdevelop

    Fourth paragraph of her article is very telling on the decision she made not to run this year and holds out some possibilities that she may run in the future.

    • BostonBruin

      That was my thought as well. Family first.

    • pete4palin

      That line of thinking is still not logical.  September she was running….. October she wasn’t.   Something changed durning that period of time.  We all knew Trigg’s issues even before he was born. 

      • Exgunman

         September she was running….. October she wasn’t. Something changed during that period of time………………………………………= GOPe threats

        • carmtom13

          I agree GOP establishment had something to do with it. I had herd they told her if she ran she would not get any help from state republican chairmen and comittemen and women.
          I think they all got their marching orders from the DC establishment because they wanted Willard the admitted progressive to be the candidate. Mandate romneycare to be the nominee. They don’t care what the electorate wants.

      • Guest

        she wasnt running in sept. she was praying and thinking about it. 50/50. in oct she got clarity that she was praying for. no big mystery

      • PressingOn

        Still think it was the bar thing with Bristol.  Just after that, her attitude seemed to change.  The Mama Grizzly went into the selfless protection mode.

        • Biamciuil80

          Have to agree. While the rest of us were admiring Bristol’s spirit, Todd and Sarah were looking at it from the point of view of what their children would have to endure if Sarah were to become a candidate.

        • friskyness

          Once Bristol is married and settled maybe things will calm down.

      • PANTTERA

        Glen Rice happened. <— the one thing the Palins never addressed directly.

        Bristol was well on her way to a lucrative career in the entertainment industry as a canadiates daughter and abstinence speaker. As just plain Bristol even Disney cancelled her upcoming show with  Kyle Massey. 

        • Timothy Jacques

           Oh BS….CONSIDER THE "SOURCE"…..Joe "hack" McGuinness who made numerous claims in his book, a book that has been panned big time and is a financial disaster (consensus reviews is that it’s a hack-piece full of rumors and innuendo).  A book where McGuinness (courtesy of Breitbart) got emails from his publishers saying that he needed to "confirm his source materials" and McGuinness was frantically emailing his sources (bloggers in Alaska who have grudges against the Palin) to give PROOF on their claims.

          • PANTTERA

             The Palins took the time to rebuff parts of the book. The new stuff about Todd’s friend and business partner.

            They never answered the Glenn Rice questions except to say something like ,"The book is full of lies".

            I don’t personally care. She wasn’t married and I’m under no delusion that Sarah was
            The Virgin Sarah till she was 25ish.

        • IsraeliCojones

          Nothing never happened with Glen Rice and even the Stalker doesn’t make the innuendo you just made.

      • ZH100

         Gov.Palin never said she was running ; she said many times it was 50/50.

      • Timothy Jacques


        Let me remind you of her fox interview about two weeks ago where she said "The support wasn’t there".  The GOP leadership "picked"  it’s guy (Romney) and have set up a buzzsaw of pacs, hacks, and Coulter on crack (not to mention a conservative base/tea party that didn’t coalesce early enough).  Combined with what her family has gone through these past few years, I can understand why she said "no" for 2012 (trust me, I was MIFFED but wisdom wins out in the end).

        O4P, Team Sarah, C4P and a dedicated group of bloggers aren’t enough.  Greatly needed? YES, but it takes MUCH MORE….MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE.  In effect, you need a large logistical support base and a separate infrastructure from the GOP establishment.

        01. Money
        02. State leaders***
        03. County leaders***
        04. Precinct leaders***
        05. Donation bundlers
        06. Professional media presence (radio, web, TV, print)
        07. Media liaisons
        08. Dedicated staff (more than just advisers on Sarahpac)
        09. An endorsement or support from the national/state Tea Party groups
        10. Any HINT of national political figures endorsing her?
        11. Sarah 2012 donation infrastructure specifically meant for her election (not Sarahpac)
        12. Any hint of organizing her vast support on Facebook.
        13. Any hint of a large, superpac donor(s).

        *** I’m not talking about C4P/O4P/TP folks who were "weekend warriors" holding signs or passing out cards, but DEDICATED professional organizers (paid or volunteer) who know their districts, its people, the local GOP/TP dynamics, its strong points and its weak points.

        Pete, in retrospect, did you see ANY OF THAT?  Anyone who presumes that such things would simply spring up like osmosis would be silly and amateurish.   It took Reagan 12 years for his quest for POTUS (1968 when he first ran to 1980 at his swearing in) while Mitt has been running since 2006.  If Sarah was going to run, it would encounter into the same problems as Gingrich.  Newt is on a shoestring right now and his sole pac supporter is now under pressure to dump him.

        Sarah has a lot of issues to deal with if she wants to become POTUS.  She will have to find ways to bypass the MSM, find a NEW narrative to defeat the old liberal narratives, find sources of money, take on the establishment machine, build her own infrastructure and so and so forth.
        She was wise when see saw how the battlefield was shaping up and decided that 2012 just wasn’t the year.

        • Patriot41

          Best response I have seen to date about why Sarah chose not to run.  One can tell that Timothy has been involved with our political system for some time or knows someone that has.  The organizational structure is without a doubt, the most important facet of a well run campaign.  The second most important part of the equation, is of course the funding and that primarily comes from the first.  Party support is also a very important aspect to consider as one needs a base to start with and work from.  Sarah had none of this essential foundation to work from.  Her indecision to get involved, hurt her chances of building a successful campaign in so little time.

          For those of you who have taken shots at Sarah’s problems with her family, I would suggest that you know very little about having to care for a developmentally disabled child.  I have worked as a legal advocate for many mothers that have had to face the many difficulties of having a child with such disabilities.  It is a life that is full of uncertainties and one that every mother who has ever had to deal with it, has had to make daily sacrifices throughout the life of the child.  I cannot adequately describe the pain and anxiety that these mothers go through and the depth that they will go, to protect their child.  Rarely will you ever find such a mother, handing her child to someone outside the family to care for.  One rarely sees or understands the love and concerns that these mothers show for their child who is considered by mankind, to be abnormal.  I have known such mothers, who on their death bed, expressed concern only for the disabled child that they are leaving behind.  Knowing this, I completely understand Sarah’s devotion to Trig.

    • bucky321

      this is her last opportunity to get into office- after this yr. her political career is over and she will stay in alaska and run the family business.

      • socon

        You wish.

      • JLAdevelop

        You have no idea what her plans are for the future and what her future will be. Last chance you say? Who knows, but I am betting we have not seen the last of Sarah H. Palin.

      • ProudAmerican247

        "…after this yr. her political career is over and she will stay in alaska and run the family business."

        I smell a TROLL a mile away, here.

        No Sarah Supporter on this site talks that way.

        Besides, the family business was taken over by Track.

        Get Lost. 

      • Timothy Jacques

         BS….they said that about Reagan when he first ran 1968 and then in 1976.

      • IsraeliCojones

        Give me the next lottery numbers please.

    • Juliann F. Cornwall

      I was thinking the same thing maybe an explanation of sorts for the reconsider people to help understand her decision.

  • Lennart Bilén

    The time goes all the way back to the surprise nomination of Sarah Palin for Vice President. Not knowing anything about her except that she had just successfully negotiated a contract for building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48 I watched with interest her debut on the national stage. And there she came, complete with a baby, prominently displayed front and center.
    Suddenly I saw before my eyes the quote from Isaiah 11:6 (NIV + Septuagint)
    The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
    the calf and the lion will feed together;
    and a little child will lead them.
    I searched the internet for the importance of this baby. It was already buzzing with information. One of the first quotes I came across was that “she refused proper prenatal care”. This was when I found out this baby had Down Syndrome. Since we are talking health care reform, are we going to force everybody to submit to “proper prenatal care”? I do not know much about this except that three people I know had tested positive for having a baby with Down syndrome. All three chose to carry the baby to term, and gave birth to perfectly normal babies. One of the babies is now in high school, one is in college, post grad and one, my niece, just graduated from Med School.

    • Guest

      sounds bogus to me. the proper test for downs is amnio and you cant get that wrong. others dont do amnio but base the diagnosis on some test much less accurate.

      • Lennart Bilén

        The story is more of a testimony. I heard it all second hand
        from the mother to be during the pregnancy, and the reason was to ask for
        prayer. They were all around 40 and had the mandatory high risk counseling, one
        in California, one in Delaware, and one in Sweden. They are all strong
        Christians, so prayer is a natural. Their stories are remarkably similar; the
        results from the test comes back inconclusive but with elevated levels, (I do
        not know of what, that is not my business) so there is a much higher risk for
        Downs’ syndrome. In view of that the Doctor recommended abortion counseling.
        Being Christians they all reacted the same way. “If God wants me to have a
        child with Down’s syndrome, so be it”, or words to that effect. I reported to
        my wife and together we prayed during their pregnancy. That is all I know.

        • MiaBelle

          The test more commonly called the triple screen or quad screen is a blood test that measures hormones in the blood – alpha-fetoprotein, estriol and beta hCG. It cannot tell if the fetus has Down syndrome, it only assesses risk factors. I had the test when I was pregnant with my first child. I was 35 and considered "advanced maternal age" and the test came back showing that I had a 1 in 35 chance of having a baby with Down syndrome. My husband and I had had a difficult time conceiving and wanted that baby no matter what. I chose not to have amnio because of the risk of miscarriage. Our daughter was born perfectly healthy except for being born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery to repair it two weeks after her first birthday. At age 3 she was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum so she is indeed a special needs child, but at the same time she is a beautiful blessing and I couldn’t imagine my life without her.

  • Tammie

    Terrific article. Fabulous woman. Blessed little boy. Thanks for posting this :)

    • socon

      Lovely post.

  • Healthy Mom

    She is so inspiring!

    • LibertyLass

      I think we all should understand now…..Family First above all else….

      • MaasFitz

        I think she just told us why Rick Santorum should get out of the race. 

        • ellengba

          No she did not.

          • MaasFitz

            To quote SP:
            "Rick left the campaign trail to be by her bedside. In the middle of this very heated campaign season" and "my own mother … calmly told me that as a working mom in the rough-and-tumble political arena, I would have to make tough choices. We all do. In making decisions about my career, I’ve put my family first, and I’ve never regretted it, although it has meant periodically putting particular pursuits on the back burner."Rick’s daughter is far more fragile than Trig and has health crisis after health crisis, so I think SP did give us a head’s up on perhaps the most critical and significant pull on RS’s heartstrings. We need a candidate who does not have that burdensome conflict (one that we are aware of already anyway since crises can occur at any time), to get our ship of state back to sound constitutional principles.

        • PressingOn

          What?  **scratches head**

        • Juliann F. Cornwall

          She said when he left the trail he had the right priorities. I couldn’t help but think he should spend as much time with little Bella and let the cards fall where they may in Polotics. It is a hard decision but I have wondered if that is one reason why he hasn’t done as well.

  • Bill__Hughes

    wonderful article

  • c4pfan

    Thanks for putting this up! 

  • c4pfan

    That Little Angels thing…isn’t that by Roma Downey (sp?) from Touched By An Angel?

  • $3069072

    Boy i love and respect this woman–for so many reasons.

    • Carolyn Dixon

       me too. some on that other site still claim she didn’t give birth to trig or that they didn’t have him in therapy or this or that – how do they know?

  • palin45potus

    What a wonderful look into Sarah’s priorities.

    It sounds as though Sally Heath has long been a source of wisdom for Sarah.

    God Bless the Palin and Heath families.  Americans are blessed to have her as a public figure we can point to with pride.

    • LibertyLass

      I will always be grateful to Sarah and this message has given me peace.  I will always support and follow whatever direction she decides.  

  • MaMcGriz

    Stacey, thank you. I dearly love this beautifully written piece by Sarah, and the photo you’ve chosen to post with it is among my favorites. If I’m not mistaken, it was taken at the Phoenix rally, where Trig was so happy with the audience applause he threw his little arms up in the air like a football official calling ‘touchdown!"

    I’ll peruse the thread here and then go back to re-read the article, because I made the mistake of scrolling down to the comment section after reading it. Silly me.

    So I’m going to ‘rinse out my mind’ by enjoying the posts of my sisses and bros here in Sarah..and Trig..and then read her wonderful and uplifting words again. But this time I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

    The Daily Beast. How aptly named it is. It’s clearly a place where intellectual beastiality is celebrated and practiced. The twisted souls who partake of it need our prayers.

    Anyone who’s ever run cattle knows it’s always easiest to ride drag and bring up the rear. It’s the outrider who’ll charge in a flat out run at the front of a stampeding herd to try and turn it away from the fast approaching cliff who’s doing the hard and dangerous work. 

    Sarah is that outrider. Nothing demonstrates it better than her beautiful words here.

    Thank you, c4p, for all you do for us and for Sarah…and for Trig. God bless.

    • John B. Hefmier

      I just read the article over at the Daily Beast, and I have read the troll droppings.  WOW!!! What an insane bunch!!  Trolls like KatieAnnieOakly and GinaM, who are well known over there, are commenting.

      • Guest

        Funny how KAO said wait for the palinbots to show up, when she runs to every Palin article and spews bile. How pathetic to feverishly comment on every article of someone you hate. Do these people have a life? I guess the loon that thinks Trig is never with Sarah, missed the "In Touch" article, the airport interviews holding Trig, etc.  
           I think these people have lost their souls. I just comfort myself with the thought- though they may hide on the net, so that their friends/coworkers don’t know what vile low-lifes they are- they won’t hide from God. You do reap what you sow after all. Unless they repent- may God repay them to their face.

        • wiskeyjack

          Strangely, there may be some comfort knowing that such scum are typically less happy in life than the rest of us.

          • Guest

            True, and the fact that they are just buzzing gnats- twisting themselves into knots trying to hurt Sarah, while she lives a happy ,full, life- ignoring their existance. Really, they harm themselves. She has already won- they lose- and that is what really torments them.

      • Juliann F. Cornwall

        I read two or three and didn’t want to waste my precious time schooling them. PDS syndrom at it’s finest. The last article she wrote I schooled one Alaskan until she asked me how to turn off the notifications. I told her the only way was to quit commenting and she did. These people are just deranged and have no clue what they are talking about. So sad

  • DocBarry1

    Can u believe the "hate" that is written on the Daily Beasts/Newsweek’s posts? – if it so sad – those writing this "hatred" need to reassess their lives  – being so hurtful and mean is, to me, very tragic!

    Gov Palin’s family is one of our treasures – Thanks Gov Palin for writing this article – God Bless

    • PressingOn

      Not sure in this case, but sometimes those who spew this hatred over such things are women who have aborted their own babies.  Instead of forcing themselves to admit their mistakes, they assault those did the right thing.  It’s very sad that so many live with such deep-down, emotional turmoil.

      Just sayin.

      • helensimon

         You’re right, PressingOn! White guilt, rich guilt & abortion guilt, all fraudulent fruit of liberal politics, all unwarranted, all unnecessary are what got him elected, and may again.
        Natural man can’t understand spiritual things-not his nature- only God’s grace can cause them to see reality, so let’s pray that God would cause His Spirit to blow across our Land.

        First Washington Post & now Daily Beast? Sarah’s picking her students. No need to preach to the choir.=) The gates of hell will not prevail against us.

  • JeannieBinVA

    Lovely story and so inspirational. I hadn’t seen this beautiful photo before, and my first thought was "Wow! He looks so much like his big brother Track!"  

  • Joe Durnavich

    Whatever developmental gaps nature may have left in Trig, it sounds like he has filled them in with a love of life.

    • MaMcGriz

      Beautifully said, Joe.

  • DDJ58

    Thanks to Almighty God for sharing Sarah Palin and her family with the world and giving us a glimpse into his mighty hand to uphold and strengthen in the best of times and in the most challenging of times.

  • Guest

    Beautiful and inspiring.

  • blackbird

    Thanks very much for this post Stacy. Looking at the accompanying picture, I forgot that Trig is a big boy now, you can see he is his father’s son and I am guessing he keeps them all on their toes :-)

    Sarah and Todd, you and your family are an inspiration, God Bless you all.

  • CliffNZ

    What a beautiful article. It shows the love, faith and family unity that exists in the Palin household. It also reflects the mothers soul,  just as the comments written by some on the daily beast site reflect theirs.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    God bless Sarah and Trig, and all of the beautiful Palin/Heath family …

    Whether it is official or not …

    America’s REAL FIRST FAMILY!!!

  • poljunkie

    Having a  son that was born very premature- weighing just 2 pounds- We certainly didn’t know what to expect, and spent long hours in the NICU.
    Every child is a gift.

  • Timothy Jacques

    I just love that photo…I wish I can get one (Trig pointing while in Sarah’s arms)

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