Skip to comments.Exclusive: Sarah Palin's Thanksgiving Message
Posted on 11/23/2011 2:03:00 PM PST by onyx
Sarah Palin has sent The Brody File some personal Thanksgiving reflections. She talks movingly about her young son Trig. It is truly a heartfelt letter that gives God all the glory.
As for Trig, Palin is showing that while there are some people who just talk the talk when it comes to being pro-life she actually walks the walk too.
A Personal Thanksgiving Reflection by Sarah Palin:
On Thanksgiving, my family's traditions will reflect the loyal, active, robust, big family life that shaped me. We're so fortunate to be together to share the making of another year's memory. In these late autumn days with temperatures dipping to 20-degrees below zero, we'll brave Alaska's biting cold to run and skate and ride - just because we can, and for that I am so thankful. Life in America's Last Frontier is not an easy living, but it's a good living. Here in Alaska, where I'm never without inspiration, an optimistic pioneering spirit still permeates, and harsh conditions force us out of self-centeredness and towards community - often in order to survive.
This need for selflessness - and the blessings that come with it - sharpened for me almost four years ago when I was given the gift of broader horizons, clarified priorities, and more commitment to justice and compassion for my fellow man who faces challenges and fears. I was granted this through a gift that arrived in a tiny, six-pound, awe-inspiring bundle. We named him Trig.
I know America's potential for goodness, thus greatness, because I see it every day through my son. Nothing makes me happier or prouder than to see America's good heart when someone smiles at my Trig. I notice it happens often in airports. Often a traveler passing by does a double-take when they see him, perhaps curious about the curious look on his face; perhaps my son momentarily exercises an uncontrollable motion that takes the passerby by surprise. Perhaps, as an innocent and candid child announced when she first met Trig, they think "he's awkward." But when that traveler pauses to look again and smile, and maybe tells me what a handsome boy I have, I swell with American pride. I am so thankful for their good heart. They represent the best in our country and their kindness shows the real hope we need today.
I am thankful that, as in so many areas of life, the bitter people who say bitter things about someone facing challenges are so outnumbered. There have been stinging criticisms, even from people still screaming that Trig should never have been born, but we know those critics may be the loudest and most malicious, but they're not the majority.
To me, when individuals reflect the greater societal acceptance of someone facing challenges, they show the best of humanity - even by offering a simple pat on Trig's head or a knowing smile shot our way. Conversely, when a society works to eliminate the "weakest links" (as some would callously consider the disabled) or "the unproductive" (as some would callously consider the very young and the very old), it eliminates the very best of itself. When a society seeks to destroy them, it also destroys any ability or need for sincere compassion, empathy, improvement, and even goodwill. And those are the very best qualities of humanity! Those are the characteristics of a country that understands and embraces true hope! America can be compassionate and strong enough as a nation to be entrusted with those who some see as an "inconvenience," but who are really our greatest blessings.
Through Trig, I see firsthand that there is man's standard of perfection, and then there is God's. Man's standard is flawed, temporary, and shallow. God's standard lasts an eternity. At the end of the day, His is what matters.
So, this Thanksgiving my family will bundle Trig up and grin while we watch him through ice-frosted eyelashes as he curiously takes in all that is around him in the crisp open air. I hope your Thanksgiving gives you the opportunity to find that reminder of what really matters, too. For me, my perfect picture of thankfulness is my perfectly awesome son. With him, all is well with my soul and I know I am blessed.
I appreciate that. Happy Thanksgiving to you.
Whether you did or not, it’s not important. It was nice of you to mention the possibility and I appreciate it.
While Onyx and I don’t see eye to eye on everything, we have had some nice personal discussions that I value a great deal, and appreciated very much.
Take care folks.
If you are sick of her, might I suggest not entering threads from or about her. Some of us are sick of the attacks on her from all sides. She is just a private citizen today and we would like to read and discuss her without having to read about someone elses disdain for her. Thanks for considering this request... which is what it is.
Right back at you DejaJude. Take care...
Since you asked ... ;-)
OOoookay...Happy Thanksgiving...I guess.
D-1 and I know one another in person. He’s my favorite photographer... (he took that picture of Jim & me). We disagree on some subjects: Sarah Palin is the major one.
LLS, it is seldom that I do enter one of her threads. I avoided them like the plague most of this year. Perhaps it’s as unreasonable for you to expect no dissent, as it is for me to express my dissent.
I will concede that this was not the right thread to express these thoughts. I guess that takes place when you avoid almost all of them, and get the urge once in a while.
Have a good time tomorrow. I hope it’s a good day for you and the family.
Oops...I was using the wrong signing dictionary...my wife just set me straight. Is my face red!
If you folks have another picnic in 2012, let me know and I'll come up and take some more...
Truth be known, DoughtyOne has been one of my FR “Ones To Whom To Pay Attention” for a long time
That’s the one!
We really need to go back to President Reagan’s Library!
Mercifully, I missed that dreadful “photo-op”!
Thanks JoeProBono. At various times I think most of us feel that way about each other here. I can uncork a winceable offense from time to time though, and I appreciate folk’s willingness to see past them as much as anything. Take care.
Was that there, or at a Fresno gathering? I thought it was in Fresno. The Reagan Library would be nice.
My how times have changed.
In August, a Palin thread that had been up for two hours would have 400 or 500 responses.
Hey Einstein, the fund requests were for her PAC, not a Presidential run. You might look just a bit wiser if you knew the difference before piping off. If you don’t like her then why in the world did you click on the thread and more so, waste your time to get into a conversation you care nothing about?
Some people just can’t help themselves.
“Some people just cant help themselves.”
You mean like pulling people back into a thread to discuss something that you thought was off topic in the first place?
I’ll just agree that perhaps we both deserve the title Einstein in our own way.
I pulled you back? Now that was rich.
Thanks for bumping the thread guys! :o)
Why thank you. Also truthful...
Yes! Perfectly awesome and totally loved!
>> “Trigs not perfect, but hes perfectly awesome. What a nice way to look at life!” <<
Amazing people, the Palin family.
They were tempted in a cruel and horrible way, but they took that temptation and slammed it back in Satan’s face, by making it a joy, not a burden.
Damn I wish she had stayed in the race.
Happy Thanksgiving Onyx and Happy Thanksgiving to Sarah with her beautiful message.
Happy Thanksgiving Onyx and Happy Thanksgiving to Sarah with her beautiful message.
Why am I thinking of Ronald Reagan while reading this. Happy Thanksgiving to Sarah, her family and all the members of Sarah’s Army. We shall ride again.
We would have our candidate, that’s for certain, but also praying non-stop for her safety and the safety of her precious family. I believe God led her to the right decision at this time in our nation’s ugly history.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your precious family, (((KC_Lion)))
She often reminds us of him, doesn’t she?
You’re right! We shall ride again. I truly believe there’s an Angel riding in the whirl wind directing this storm.
Happy Thanksgiving, McGruff!
If you don’t care take a hike dud!
Beautiful beautiful beautiful.
What an idiot! You should be thankful that Sarah will still do what she does which is get our side elected en masse and raise a lot of money for them in the process! Grow up!
No question you are the best onyx! Have a great Thanksgiving!!
You’re welcome to your opinion, but it’s my take the Tea Party got the people elected who were elected. Sarah didn’t hurt, but I don’t think she got any of them elected on her own.
Me too! (Although I'd probably express it as "Ones To Keep A Close Watch On"...) /g
On a serious note, I hope everyone has a great and rewarding Thanksgiving. And, I pray that God will give us, our nation and people, the strength and wisdom to navigate safely through the dangerous storms of the coming year.
I was there, too, that day of days.
What a wonderful, memorable event.
Same to you TarHeelSwampRat.
“Me too! (Although I’d probably express it as “Ones To Keep A Close Watch On”...) /g”
Yes, it was a great day. Thanks B9. Nice to hear you were there too.
(last minute of video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca5RIREYIuU&feature=related
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