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Archive for May 12th, 2013

The Palins on Mother’s Day

Posted by Dr. Fay on May 12, 2013

Governor Palin posted this Mother’s Day message on her Facebook page this morning:

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6 hours ago


“The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”—a phrase so simple, yet so profound in its expression of a mother’s importance. Mothers have been entrusted with the responsibility of raising life’s most precious resource—our children.
I appreciate my mom and the example of love and grace she has been throughout the years. Thank you, Mom!
Todd and I also appreciate the honor of being the parents of five wonderful kids and two amazing little grandkids who have enriched our life together in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig are my life, and being joined now by Tripp Easton and Kyla Grace, I know that no matter what is going on in the world around me, they are the ones who keep me grounded. They are my daily reminders of what really matters.
Even as we celebrate Mother’s Day with family today, please stop to think of the many mothers who are separated from loved ones serving in the military and keeping us safe. I’ve been there, and especially today my heart goes out to those Blue Star moms who are missing their sons and daughters, while being so very proud. More than ever my heart extends to the precious Gold Star moms who are spending today holding on to memories of a child who paid the ultimate price. Whether it’s been far away in specified combat zones, or attacks globally throughout the ongoing battle to defend our republic, or nearer home as the result of terrorist acts like Ft. Hood, the sacrifice of our military personnel and their families has not been in vain, and we will never forget.
Moms, whatever your plans today, know that you are appreciated year-round. One day is not enough to capture the essence of who you are, what you do, and the difference you make.
Driving in our truck this morning up towards Mt. McKinley, hauling kids and trailering snowmachines to launch on a trek to look for bear before the spring snow melts, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day, and God bless you!
– Sarah Palin
A little later she posted the link to this article by Kevin Scholla at about his exclusive interview with Governor Palin’s mother.

Exclusive: Palin’s Mother Discusses Cherished Mother’s Day Moments with Sarah

 by  Kevin Scholla 12 May 2013, 4:00 AM PDT

On Sunday, Americans will pay tribute to mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers all across the country. Some families are lucky enough to be anchored by women who excel at being all three. There is a family you may have heard of in Alaska that happens to be included in that fortunate bunch.

Sarah Palin is a household name worldwide. The former Governor of Alaska and first female GOP Vice Presidential nominee is as famous as it gets. Many of her family members enjoy a following of their own as well. Todd Palin is a world champion Iron Dog racer. Bristol Palin is an author, blogger, and a two-time “Dancing With the Stars” competitor. Even Palin’s dad and brother, Chuck Heath Sr. and Chuck Heath Jr., respectively, have a throng of fans after writing the very enjoyable book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska. But while all of these Palins and Heaths may be better known, all of them are likely to point to someone else as the backbone of the family–Sally Heath.

Sally Heath is the real article. She is “as advertised” by her loved ones. And she is always thinking of others even in an interview about herself. She is Sarah Palin’s mother.

Sally Heath rarely gives interviews. Unlike her daughter, Sarah, you’ll never catch her tweeting or posting a major political message on Facebook. Mrs. Heath enjoys playing her role away from the limelight. Her role however, while perhaps unnoticed by the media machine, has been critical in shaping her family. While Sally Heath may be soft spoken, she isn’t shy when it comes to the pride and love she feels for her family. That’s understandable. Mrs. Heath raised four successful, thoughtful, caring children who all went on to raise great families of their own. According to Mrs. Heath, one of the keys to raising children is knowing when to help and when to let the kids take their own paths.

“You do what you can for the kids, but they choose their own way and you pray they’ll stick to the morals and teachings they’ve received over the years,” Heath told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “For the most part I would say we have been blessed that way, but I have to give credit to so many family members and friends too because Chuck and I, and the kids and their friends too, we’ve just all lucked out with the most wonderful things in whatever communities we live in. We’ve had good influences on the kids.”

Mrs. Heath may be a bit modest. Ask her children or her husband and more credit is usually heaped upon her. She contends that instilling a firm foundation in children when they are young will serve them well as adults. Sarah Palin and her siblings seem to prove that theory true.

“Just the fact that they’ve worked hard for everything they’ve achieved, they certainly didn’t come to us for finances or very seldom for advice, thank goodness, because I’d hate to be responsible for giving them advice”, Heath said. “If we’re going to get credit for the good things they’ve done, that means we have to be blamed for any mistakes they’ve made, so they have pretty much been on their own.”    Of course, as little ones, Chuck Jr., Heather, Molly, and Sarah were not on their own. They were given crucial guidance from their mom. Chuck Heath Sr. often credits his wife for teaching the Heath children to serve God. Sally Heath takes her Christianity seriously, and she has passed that on to her children.

“The faith has been pretty central for the family, that’s for sure,” Heath said. “I have faith myself and the kids found that was something worth striving for, or accepting. That is wonderful because it sure brings a lot of peace of mind because every family has issues and boy you need that strength that faith can bring.”    Sarah Palin often talks about leading with a servant’s heart. You can clearly see where that comes from. As we honor moms this weekend, Sally Heath vividly remembers the special times she spent with her children on Mother’s Day.

“Especially the ones where they would get up and fix the breakfast,” Heath said. “Get the breakfast, bring it upstairs to bed, those are my best memories of the kids taking over the house for the day and just letting me do whatever I want. Those were wonderful times and it hasn’t changed much, I’m sure, with their kids. Their kids seem to carry that tradition on, taking care of their mothers too.” As far as the breakfast concoction put together by little Sarah and her siblings, Mrs. Heath would eat it no matter how strange the ingredients may have been at times.

“It didn’t matter,” Heath said.”They had cereal with whatever they could find around the house to make it look pretty: the raisins or the graham crackers. It was always fun to have. And cocoa, instead of coffee. It was pretty nice.” Sarah Palin is a unique figure in our country’s fabric. She’s an innovator. So it’s no wonder that she has always been creative. Her mother fondly remembers one Mother’s Day gift from a young Sarah.

“She made a card one year,” Heath said. “I still have it. It was just so clever because the kids always made fun of me because I’m so thankful for the little things. You know, find a nickel in the washing machine or just little things I seem to always be thankful for. The sunshine or the pretty music in the morning. So Sarah made a very elaborate Mother’s Day card with pictures of what she thought looked like me and making those comments about everything that she remembered me being thankful for. She was clever at doing things like that.” There is no textbook for being a mother, and different isn’t always better or worse. Sometimes different approaches can be equally effective. For instance, Sally Heath’s style is not the same as Governor Palin’s.

“Things are just different now, of course,” Heath said. “When the kids were real little, I was certainly home more because we didn’t have the conveniences to make household chores go faster and easier. I just worked half days and that’s just wonderful because that’s when the kids were all in school, but nowadays it’s so common that women are out of the house all day long, but when they’re home they sure do work hard.” Different approaches with similar results. Sally Heath raised four wonderful kids. Sarah Palin is raising five loving children. Both mothers are doing it right.

Mrs. Heath also credits men–like her son Chuck Jr. and son-in-law Todd–for getting their hands dirty in the tough job of child raising.

“The man pitches in and helps so much,” Heath said. “It’s just wonderful that dads carry so much of the load. Like you, going out, coaching for your kids, watching them all day after you’ve worked eight hours.” Incredibly, Mrs. Heath throws a compliment my way during the interview, and it is just like her to turn the focus away from herself to compliment others. Even in an interview setting she has the well-being of someone else in mind. Sally Heath is the real article. She is “as advertised” by her loved ones.

Nowadays, Sally Heath is actually busy being a grandmother. All of her children have families. Mrs. Heath is even a great grandmother since Track Palin and Bristol Palin both have little ones, and she gets the chance to witness something not everyone gets to enjoy–watching a granddaughter raise a child.

“That is really something to see,” Mrs. Heath beamed the interview with Breitbart News. “I wish I could spend more time with her. The patience that these girls have, now with their kids, and the enjoyment that they have. They find time to play with the kids and to just watch the kids develop more. So it’s fun to watch Bristol and Tripp and she can enjoy and really appreciate each stage of development.”

It is evident that Bristol Palin is doing a tremendous job being a mom, just like her mother and grandmother.

Sally Heath, a woman who has succeeded in this arena, offered some more sage advice.

Read more.

Later in the day, Governor Palin posted this photo from their bear hunting trip on Mt. McKinley.


Happy Mother’s Day from Almost Top o’ the World…Mt. McKinley in the background…

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Bristol also posted a photo from the family hunting trip on her blog.

A Photo of Mom and Me Bear Hunting for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013  By 7 Comments

So, today Mom, Dad, Piper, the boys, and the dog went bear hunting on snowmachines to celebrate Mom’s Day!

What did we catch?

As you can see from the photo above — nothing but sunshine.

It was a beautiful — Alaskan — Mother’s Day!

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