What’s Better Than Being a Palin?

Many times, people try to define me by my parents.  I am Republican Sarah Palin’s daughter.  Or, here in Alaska, I am Iron Dog champion Todd Palin’s kid.  This is true – and I’m so proud of my family and my parents! But, there’s something even better.

What am I talking about?

Well, after I wrote about “How I Got Over My Very Public Mistakes,” the guys at CCEF sent me a nice little bundle of materials.  I’m just now reading one little booklet, called “Single Parent: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job” which has this description:

If you are a single parent, you already know you have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Trying to be both dad and mom–breadwinner, cook, chauffeur, comforter, dishwasher, homework helper, disciplinarian, nurse, and role mode–can wear down the hardiest man or woman. But do you know that God, in the Bible, offers words of grace, power, and hope especially for you?

Well, that got my attention! In the first chapter, Robert D. Jones writes that we should mainly view ourselves as Christians, not as “single parents.”

While our marital or parental positions describe our circumstances, they do not give us our identity.  Whether you are single, a parent, or that challenging hybrid of a single parent, that is not who you ARE.  Who are you? Hear the apostle’s words to all who belong to Christ Jesus.

He then quotes this:

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ.” (Galatians 3)

Many times, people try to define me by my parents and my family, which is wonderful. I’m so proud of all of them!  But my true spiritual identity is even better than proudly wearing the last name of “Palin.”  How much better is it that I’m a child of God?

In other words, I’m not so much a “Christian SINGLE PARENT,” I am a CHRISTIAN who for the time being is a single parent.  Being a single mom is my situation, not my identity.

Are you a struggling single parent or do you know one?  Leave a comment below before Monday at noon and I’ll randomly select one of you to receive this great little mini-book!

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  • Andrew

    Thank you so much for writing this, my sister is in the same situation and encounters horrible treatment everywhere she goes.

  • http://www.akgeomom.com Liz

    Well said! :)

  • http://www.NoDebtNoSweat.com Rhonda

    Excellent!

  • Michele

    Hi Bristol…my daughter, Cassie, is a single mom…and she is doing a wonderful job of being a mom & dad to my little grandson, Liam. I try to help her all I can, but I want her to be her own person…a Christian who is trying to raise her son the best she can!
    Thanks,
    Michele

  • http://n/a Julie Hill

    Bristol
    I have been a fan of your family for a long time. I prayed that your Mom would be out president someday. You are all great people.
    Bristol, I am not a single Mom anymore because I remarried to a wonderful man who loves my kids like his own. However, I do remember the times after my divorce, my son Parker was 6 and my daughter Lauren was 3. It was so difficult for me. I didn’t have a stove, just a electric plate and my fridge was a college size one. I remember going to bed hungry many nights so my kids could eat. When I write of those times right now, my eyes tear up. Some how I made it through. I would luv to read that book you have. You have come a long way and are a great Mom. I wish you nothing but happiness, love, and health.
    Sincerely
    Julie Hill 716- 525-7359
    from Wilson, New York, just outside of Niagara Falls NY

    Take care!

    • speppers69

      Julie,

      Your heart is in the right place but you should never post your personal information online ESPECIALLY on an open forum with the name Palin on it. The Palin haters are out there and they don’t care if we are just supporters.

      MODERATOR….PLEASE REMOVE THE PERSONAL INFO FROM THIS POST.

  • Angie Wilson

    love it!!

  • JanneMyrdal

    Excellent. Wisdom and Truth! Thank you for being willing to “keep dancing” in the public square! God bless!!!

  • http://heritagecreek.blogspot.com/ Debbie

    Bristol,
    This is a great post! First and foremost, you are God’s child and your season of life is being a single parent right now. Everytime I read your blog I am amazed at what a wise young woman you are. Have a blessed day:)

  • Vanessa Stockwell

    Beautiful fact. It’s so true, we don’t need to identify ourselves by worldly titles people want to label us with, they’re meaningless. The only title I’d want my family and myself to hold is that of being labeled a “CHRISTIAN.” Amen Sister, may our God Jehovah continue to bless you. Thank You Bristol, you represent our faith well.

  • Leigh Webster

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13
    No matter our “situation” on this earth, Christ shows us how to live for Him and gives us the right answer for every question. You are a beautiful example of someone who is not “hiding their light under a bushel.” Continue to let it shine and your son can only benefit from it. I love seeing God’s Grace through other’s words and actions. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.alaskachicks.com Alaska Chick

    Keep up the great work on being such a great role model for other girls out there!! You are def. a tough Alaska Chick!!!

  • Sue Lynn

    God Bless the Palin family. Great reaching post Bristol. The way things are going I think He is coming soon for His Church!

  • Elaine

    Keep up the good work, Chica! We Alaskans are very proud of you and all that you stand for. Let me know the next time you’re in Fairbanks–I’d LOVE to take you and Tripp out to lunch. (We met at Track’s deployment ceremony, where your Mom spoke, but you probably don’t remember me. I sent the Mom Lady’s Beauty Booty products to you via your grandmother!!) :)

  • http://100%SarahsYouBetchaNation John Norton

    U and your family are America’s First Family,U Betcha… ! Are America’s Royal Famnily… !

  • Bonny Batman

    You are wise beyond your years, and that does come from divine order. Your loving understanding family is a blessing to not only you, but since your Mom was brought into the world ‘s eye view as well, you all seem to have alot to offer. Enjoying your site. Thank You

  • blackbird

    My niece is having a bay boy soon and we are so excited and happy, we can hardly wait to welcome a new baby into our family, oh and she is not married.

    My Mom told my sister, when you have kids you will then know what I went through with you, I guess its a cycle that never ends.

  • LadyMams

    You have certainly made your parents proud! Keep-up the good work.

  • blackbird

    OK Folks I have one for you, I thought this was pretty good.

    Mary, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business. Several members did not approve of her extra-curricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

    She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon. She emphatically told Frank (and several others) that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing!

    Frank, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny.

    He said nothing…

    Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup in front of Mary’s house, walked home…. and left it there all night.

    You gotta love Frank!

  • Ralph Hill

    Love those kitchen table discussions.

  • Chris in Ottumwa

    What a wonderful post for anyone who finds themselves in a situation that has become their identity…God has a plan and He alone can take any situation and make it the biggest blessing ever if we will let Him.

  • peavey1109

    Bristol, I was raised by my single Mom after my Father passed away. Many times she would explain she had to be both mother and father, that she did things out of love and dedication to me and my brother and if she didn’t who would? What you have written here is glorious and reminds me of my Mother who through all the hardships and blessings of raising two children alone, relied on God for guidance & protection. My eyes have tears as I remember her and her wisdom in relying on God and instilling in me the Christian values that put God first. You are a credit to your family, to the country and most especially God, who has given you the strength to stand on the principles of faith and love ignoring the naysayers, much like my very own Mother :). God Bless You dear child of God :)

  • Leona

    Hi Princess, I call you princess because that’s who you are through Christ who died for our sins. We have become God’s children through His grace and His grace alone. Isn’t it wonderful that we are daughters and sons of God The Creator, The King of all kings….yes, you are a daughter of the Almighty King and for that, you are a princess! Thank you Jesus for willingly paid for my sins, and thank You for loving us first!

  • Susan

    I don’t know how people who don’t have God can get through the trials of life without a shadow of hopelessness and nothingness shadowing their days. Keep your Bible with you, Bristol! Read it every day. If you don’t have the time to read much, pick at least ONE PSALM and read that…it will bring you so much comfort (and protection) as you go through your life.

  • Brittany Toliver

    I’m so proud of you Bristol!! You give me courage to be a stronger bolder Christian!! Thanks for standing up for what you believe in!! <3 You're an Awesome Mother, would love to meet you!!

  • otlset

    For some reason I’m hungry for a nice breakfast now! Looks like the corner chair is empty…”Could you pass me a banana Guv?’

  • Melissa

    Wow! What a way to open my eyes! I never thought about looking at being a single mom like that before. I always have defined myself as being a single mom, which is true, but that isn’t WHO I am! I am a child of GOD! Thanks Bristol for sharing this great revelation!

  • bellagrazi

    I can’t imagine there is anything better than being a Palin. You belong to such a close-knit family, Bristol. I admire your family so much. But being a child of God is the ultimate. We all feel His love. I know one day very soon you will no longer be a single parent, Bristol. You seem to have found the right man for you and your son, Tripp. Gino seems like a good man. A family man. And, best of all, a man of faith. But you’ve been a heck of a single mom, Bristol. A role model for all women. But, first and foremost, a child of God.

  • Jack

    “What is better than being a Palin”?? Anything.

    • section9

      Missed the whole point of the post, didn’t you?
      Go back and read it again.

  • Georgia

    You’ve offered another very inspiring post, Bristol. Well done and thank you.

  • Maleena

    “In other words, I’m not so much a “Christian SINGLE PARENT,” I am a CHRISTIAN who for the time being is a single parent. Being a single mom is my situation, not my identity.” ~~ Bristol Palin

    I love this ending :)

  • Nicolle Leska

    I figure that I am a mother now, and will always be a mother. Its not just “my situation”, but it is who I am, it is what I identify with, it is my purpose in life. Its not a “club” that I joined just to wear a name badge around for 18 years. Describing it as a “situation” makes it seem like its temporary. Being a parent is not temporary. IT IS what defines you, IT IS your identity, IT IS who you are permanently. Sounds like if you had to choose to drink the Kool-Aid and wear the “I heart Jesus” shirt versus the “I am a mother” shirt, you would rather choose the former. If you don’t like your “situation” then jump the bible bus and let someone who identifies as being a mother raise your child. Children deserve to have parents who see them as lifelong identities, not as “situations”.

    • Susan

      “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

      Nicolle, as Christians, no matter where we are in life, God is #1. You sound like someone who has a lot of pain. Instead of bashing someone like Bristol, who has the joy of Christ in her heart, why don’t you pray tonight and open your heart to God.

    • Dean

      Nicolle has an outstanding point Susan. It really is really hard to find the congruency here. Because someone states that they are the child of God, do we just take it at face value even when she behaves in ways completely opposed to teachings of Christ? This is damaging to faith and the church. How do you justify the behavior here. Bristol had promoted abstinence after clearly failing to adhere to those standards herself. Before suggesting that she was a child, made a mistake, and has found a greater path- didn’t she just announce that she plans to live with her boyfriend in a trial marriage after saying she would not consent unless she were married? Bristol’s book was an attack on her child’s father and a number of other individuals. How is this OK with you? It was written, laced with anger to create false drama and increase sales. Nicholle was correctly identifying the forever and all important identification as a parent. It’s real and essential, while Palin’s claims as a child of God are superficial, an attempt to ingratiate herself to her market base. I find it completely hypocritical for those of you who post here to overlook the behavior of this person. But for you, Susan, to suggest Nicholle has a lot of pain because she disagrees with you says something about what is in your heart. Does opening your heart to God mean you closing your mind to the obvious?

      • Frederick lang

        Dean. She has not, nor did she ever live with her fiance. Apparently you didn’t read her explanation and denial and that it was never true. People like yourself only wish to continue that vicious rumor. That was all it was, a rumor from the very get go. Hypocracy is doing the one thing you are against. Have you done that too, I bet you have and then regretted it…or maybe not. She has and she has also explained her position on that too, if you would only read her previous blogs.

        You have a hateful demeanor in your statement and obviously refuse to investigate the truth for yourself and listen only to those who are hatemongers. Just open your eyes to the judgmental attitude you now are portraying, unless you simply wish to be judge and jury on something you have no idea what your talking about. Wake up and smell the truth!

      • otlset

        I can see you believe in forgiveness and learning from one’s mistakes Dean. One day hopefully you’ll realize that spreading negativity and sowing discord based only on your spiteful limited judgement reflects back on you in kind, now and later. All is ‘recorded’ in this school of life and grading is strict, but true. This once again leads us back to forgiveness…

      • Susan

        1. We are all children of God
        2. Bristol did not “preach” abstinence until after she experienced her own pregnancy. She wants other teens to learn from her own experiences.
        3. Living with her boyfriend…tabloid rumor; untrue.
        4. Haven’t read Bristol’s book…why do you automatically assume that Levi Johnston is the “truth-teller?”
        5. Again, we are Children of God first. Parents second. This is what the Bible teaches.
        6. ALL Christians are going to fall short of Jesus…every single one of us will sin and disappoint and falter on our journey…but Nothing can separate any of us from the Love of God…
        7. Nicole needs God. Everyone does. Dean, you cannot fight the battles of this earthly life without God. Sure, you might be able to power through with your own personal strength through some of life’s trials…but when the world falls all around you…when the world is spitting at you…mocking you…God is the only source of true Joy, true Light. He will heal, renew and restore you. Without God you do not have that eternal source of Life within you. I will pray for both you and Nicole…I will pray that you will open your hearts to God so that both of you are “connected” the Water of Life. And remember, like me, like Bristol, like all the other Christians of the world…you do NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT to be a Child of God….please give your life over to Jesus Christ and find TRUE JOY.
        Praying the Blood of the Lamb over you right now Dean!

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    I too believe that the day of Christ’s coming is very soon. When I first saw Sarah in the newspaper Aug. 29th 2008 I knew she had a special purpose for all in this world. Christ is looking for a Bride, not one but everyone that will chose to please him. For this reason I am most positive that Sarah will be President next, I am very excited to see the news develope every week. I think that in August America will be overcome with excitement and watch BO go down this is just an opportunity for God’s power to be shown.

  • Joseph

    You are an awesome woman of the Lord, Bristol! I have a few friends whom I’ve known for a long time; I met them at my church youth group. Anyway, they’re single moms now and I think the mini-book you’re suggesting might help them. Thanks for sharing as always! :)

  • Karen

    AHH Bristol……your such an inspiration & a role model for this generation & futures to come. Thank your parents for teaching you & give thanks to God for giving you the wisdom to know the diff! I would love my daughter in law to receive your pkg of love & hope. My son is not the picture perfect son, left Tanya with a beautiful little girl and he wont even contact her. Its heart breaking to see Abby get so excited to go to court with mom in hopes to see daddy… He never shows up. She cries herself to sleep. I love my daufhter in law. Thank you Bristol

  • http://darcsfalcon.wordpress.com Vanessa

    Well said, Bristol!

    Our children are gifts from the Lord too, and ultimately belong to Him as much as we ourselves do. :)

  • http://wizardofcakes.com Sharon Austin

    Hi, I’m so proud of you for staying true to God! Sometimes I feel like a single parent. It’s a huge challenge but I’m keeping my eyes on the Lord!

  • huntingmoose

    “I’m a child of God”
    and may I add, you are one that makes him very proud.

  • Rosali Elzig

    Dear Nicolle It seems that you did not understood exactly what Bristol said. The word SINGLE is the one criticized here by her,not the word MOM. She is not saying that been a mom is a situation,but been a SINGLE mom is her situation. Bristol is for sure loving to be a mom,even if her SITUATION is been a SINGLE mom. I think that she already faced the consequences of her own mistake and now she is just trying to go on with her life and raise her son. People should not judge her,she had enough. “Throw the first stone he whom doesn’t sin” Only God knows her heart. God bless you Bristol!

  • Kim A

    Rock on Bristol and forget those that wish to throw stones. Leave them in prayer as God is the only judge. My daughter goes through the same things as a Christian young lady. She is strong, has a great job and dedicated to our grand daughter’s growth. People are not perfect and never will be even those that throw stones….Love to you all!

  • Frederick lang

    Bristol. You are correct and being a mom, single or married, has the same responsibilities in both “situations”. Just that being single is much more tougher. Keeping a clear head about what is important in your situation is half the battle. I’m not saying it will get easier, in fact the opposite is true, but God’s grace will supply your needs on either front.

    Your child is the most important thing to you, besides keeping yourself well enough to care for him. Your whole life is wrapped up in seeing to his needs too and your faith in God and your attitude, as you go forward, is so very important. Thank God, like millions of girls in your “situation”, you do have a loving and caring family to help you.

    Pray for those girls who are truly alone in their individual situations. On the other hand, you are truly blessed of God right where you are. Stay there for now and give God the glory for all you have. He is your faithful “husband” in the meantime. So let Him be your help mate and sustainer and provider. GOD BLESS!

  • Ronda

    Thank You Bristol for posting this very encouraging Blog Post. I always enjoy reading them. This one in particular hit home with me. Our daughter is a “Single” Mom..She has also in the last year really came back to her relationship with Jesus Christ. She has a strong belief in her faith walk, and knows that the only way is the truth and raising up her 2 boys in the way of our Lord!
    Kayte would truly be blessed by this little mini book.. It is wonderful to watch you both grow in your faith walks and as Daughters Of God. What wonderful women of God you are becoming..

  • jose

    I agree with you, Bristol. You are great!

  • Kimberlie Morris

    Bristol, this was so inspirational for me today. Many times in my daily “adventures” as the single mom of an adorable little girl with many special needs, I get caught up in the “wow, can I REALLY do _____ alone again?” Sometimes I forget that I’m never alone and when I feel that way is when I need to say “I’m a CHRISTIAN and with God’s help I CAN do this again!” I admire your stand! Thanks for staying true to your beliefs, and being so humble and willing to share these thoughts with us.

    God Bless you always,
    Kim

  • Adrienne M.

    I have to say that I enjoy reading your blog. I have friends that are single mothers and I believe that the mini-book could truly help them along. I have told them about your blog and they enjoy reading it also. We all believe that you are a strong women and a wonderful mother. I read that people were calling you a hypocrite for promoting abstinence to teens, however I applause you for it! As a 19 year old college student, I would rather hear the hardships of being a teen mother from an actual teen mom!
    Hearing how you have a wonderful relationship with God and your family despite everything that you have gone through has helped myself to reconnect with God. I know that no one is perfect and though I have made mistakes in the past, God still loves me and always will.

    Take care Bristol and Tripp!

    • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

      AMEN SIS ME TOO. JESUS CAN FORGIVE, BUT NO OTHER PERSON ON EARTH OR ANYWHERE ELSE. ONLY JESUS! IT SEEMS BRISTOL OBEYED GOD AND JESUS IS HER SAVIOR AS WELL AS ALL WHO WISH TO GET INTO HEAVEN! NO RAT. NO COW. NO PROFFIET.NO SACRAFICE MADE TO ANYONE. JESUS ALREADY PAID OUR WAY FOR FORGIVENESS INTO HEAVEN AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT FROM US. NO ONE !!!
      AMEN
      P. in Ga.

  • Molly

    Bristol, my mom works with single parents who are still in high school, trying to graduate. They are struggling and would really enjoy this little book from you! It would give them hope for the future!

    • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

      I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK. BUT BLESS YOUR MOTHER FOR HER HELPING THESE CHILDREN SEE AND GET PAST ALL THE RIDDICULE THEY MUST FACE EVEN THE TEACHERS ARE TERRIBLE ABOUT THIS, SOME THAT IS! I THINK THEY HAVE MORE MORALES THAN THOSE WHO CRITICIZE OR THE LOW MORALES OF THOSE WHO THOUGHT KILLING THEIR KIDS WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO ESSCAPE THEIR DUTTIES AS A WOMAN AND MOTHER. ADOPTION IS AN EXCEPTABLE SOLUTION IS THEY MUST. MURDER IS NEVER EXCEPTABLE AND OFFTIN LEADS TO VARIOUS MENTAL DISORDERS FOR THE WOMAN THINKING SHE KILLED HER OWN CHILD. I KNOW SEVERAL WOMEN WHO DEAFLY REGRET KILLING THEIR CHILD AND LOOSE IT MENTALY. OVER AND OVER TILL DEATH OR EVEN KILL THEMSELVES FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE!
      SORRY. BUT SOMEONE NEEDS TO TELL THESE GIRLS THE TRUTH!
      P. in Ga.

  • PoppySock

    Dar Miller, Curtis Menard Jr., Ruffles, Christina Green….

    Christian?
    Jesus Wept.

    • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

      JESUS WEPT FOR YOU POPPYSOCK, AND FOR ME, AND EVERY SINNER. COMMITING A SIN IS NOT THE BAD PART. THE BAD PART IS NOT BELIEVING IN JESUS AND NO FORGIVNESS.
      POPPYSOCK ARE YOU SAYING JESUS DIED FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS AND NOT MINE, BRISTOL,HER MOM, DAD, YOUR SISTER, YOUR MOM, DAD,WELL??? WHO IS SALVATION FOR??? POPPYSOCK??????????????
      P. in Ga.

  • Jakers

    Bristol = hot mama!

  • bbmomof3

    Bristol, the Lord is using you in such a special way to be an encouragement to others!! I’m so proud of you! May He continue to strengthen you and give you wisdom in your life!!

  • Asian Gal

    Amen! Bristol
    What is so cool is that, I, too, am a Christian just as you are and that makes us both children of God. I may not have the “Palin” on my name but so proud to call you my sister in the Lord :))

  • http://facebook.com/sarahvxo Sarah

    I love this. I am a single mother of a three and two year old. Or let me rephrase that: I take care of two kids by myself which makes me a strong, independant woman who has great time management skills ;) If only I could actually put that in a resume..

  • Frances

    I LOVE how that is worded Bristol. Thank you for posting this.

    I have raised one daughter who is 20 now, I have another who is 14 and I have a son who is 10. I am a very blessed mommy and I enjoy everyday I get with them. There have been times when I didn’t know if I could afford the milk on the table, but we made it through. Not only am I very close to my children, I feel like I have shown my kids what its like to work hard. God has been in my life the whole time. He has shown me that no matter what, he is always there. While my children don’t have a human father in their life, they have the Heavenly Father there all the time.

    • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

      AMEN.

  • chris

    thank you for your writings..i have four adult children and enjoy my grandchildren now..but, my heart goes out to single parents and i would like to share your writings..so encouraging..

  • Jenny

    Im also a single parent and have been for years I just seem to always focus on my kids and by time I go to focus on me it’s time for bed :)

  • Nichole

    Although, I am not a single parent, at times I play that role. Like most military wives, there are times in which your husband isn’t going to be around. You learn to deal with this however, and sometimes it’s harder than others. I don’t think it’s hard raising my child during those times, it doesnt bug me that I have added responsibility (maybe I’m just use to it). The only thing that has ever really bothered me about being in that type of situation is not having the emotional support that is needed—especially when your ‘sweet little angel’ has turned into the something that is not very pleasent. But keep up the great work, what an inspriation you are :)

  • Ginger Hempel

    I am a single mom of a beautiful wonderful teenage daughter. Thank you for your and your family’s example Bristol. I would love to win your mini-book.

  • Ashley R.

    I’m not a single mom per se, but my husband works out of town and is gone for weeks at a time (only to be home 2-3 days) so I’m often doing it alone. Bristol you’re such a great role model for girls these days!

  • Stephanie S.

    Being a single mom is hard…. Raising 3 sons is hard but truly one of the most amazing journeys of my life…. Wouldn’t change it for anything!

  • Stephanie K.

    What an inspiring note to remind us that we are worthy! It’s hard being singled out as a single parent as if we all did something wrong when in fact we are the ones who did RIGHT by our children!!

  • Michelle

    Bristol you are an inspiration to Republican, Christians, single mothers and women. Thank you for speaking your mind :)

  • jasmine velasco

    Dear Bristol,

    I love your perspective. My Mom raised me and my 6 siblings by herself after my dad left us when I was 8. I’ve always praised my Mom for being a “single mom”, who never turned to drugs, alcohol or men during those extremely difficult times. I believe she sustained herself through her quiet faith in “el Senor”, God. (She was born and raised in South America.)

    I remember a plaque she had hanging in our kitchen that I believe she clung to as she worked all day, picked us up from school, cooked dinner and cleaned the kitchen. I read it as a child, and now that I’m a mom, it is more powerful than ever: “LORD of all pots and pans and things/Since I’ve not time to be a saint by doing lovely things or watching late with Thee…/ Although I have Martha’s hands, I have a Mary mind…/Accept this meditation, LORD, I haven’t time for more…./ Accept this service that I do, I do it unto Thee…”

    I sometimes wonder how lonely she must have felt as one of the only “single moms” in the neighborhood, and one who didn’t speak fluent English. But as I reflect on that plaque and your insight about being a “CHRISTIAN who for the time being is a single parent,” I bet my Mom, like you, also found her strength in something greater than a label.

    All the best to you and your son….always.

  • Justine Stewart

    Hey Bristol,
    I would love to give this book to my mom. She has been a single parent for pretty much my entire life (I’m 24 years old). When she found out she was pregnant with me, my father left and moved out of state. She struggled for many years trying to support me and my younger half sister. We went through some hard times as everyone does. I’m now married with my own family, but my sister is still living at home with her. It would be great to be able to give her the book. Thanks!
    Justine

  • kevin perez

    Awesome article! I am an avid supporter of your Mom. I heard of you but never really knew of you til you were on dancing with the stars. I know many singles parents, including my sister. You are a great person to look up to. You are a cool person! Keep up the great posts.

  • Maegan T

    As I try to raise my son in a christian Environment it sometimes is a very stressful job. I try my best to be everything I can but often feel like I am failing him on coming up short. Thank you for writing this article and giving someone a chance to win this book

  • Linden Buzzell

    I’m a single dad with a nine year old son who’s mom left us over a year ago.It is hard trying to be both a father & a mother to my son but it is the best job in the world and i thank God for each day.Always put your child first in your life for they are a gift from God.An with God help we will make it.God Bless

  • Connie French

    Bristol, thank you so much for this tidbit. If more people would admit to being Christians, we would all be better off. You are so right about a “single Mom” is just where you are now, I was there and so were all 3 of my daughters, but the thing I was proudest of is being known as a Christian. I am Mormon, but God and Jesus Christ are first in my life. Pleasing them is more important than pleasing my kids. I love you and your family and have the utmost respect for you, you faced your situation, grabbed it by the horns and are doing a great job. Thank you for being the person you are.

  • Michael Stewart

    Bristol,
    You are but a product of your upbringing; a mirror image of what your parents exposed you to, intentionally and not. You are associated with them through biological disposition and behavioral transference. They created you and sparked the chain reaction that set you free to absorb information from your surroundings in an environment they are tasked with controlling. You are their product. You are an idiot.
    With great sincerity,
    Michael

  • Jessi Slaughter

    the only thing better than being a palin is taking a shit in your own mouth.

  • Tracie Wolfe

    so a teenager that got pregnant out of wedlock, in her teens is against gay marriage? kind of sad that we as a society have to “live” with your choice on being a single teenage parent, and that’s acceptable, but we cant have two same sex people in a loving relationship have the same rights as a heterosexual married couple can is unacceptable-when everyone relies that we are humans, whether we are gay,straight,black,white, short,tall, disabled, then you will finally grow up,and see the bigger picture,stop making this about you vs. them, and make this about all of us working together. and don’t take this the wrong way, but if anyone was being discriminatory against your down syndrome brother wouldn’t you be pissed?

  • Sarah

    What’s better than being a palin?

    A dried up dingleberry on my dog’s butt

  • jamie

    Christian? The way you judge and ridicule others? You dont know the meaning of the word. You are a nasty, mean spirited, small minded child. Stop shoving your ignorance up our asses loser. I would say your the devils spawn. Slut

  • jamie

    So many morons. Btw, its easy to hate the palins. They arent smart enough to shut up. They bring it on themselves with their bold face lies, uninformed ignorance, and inability to see russia from alaska. Morons

    • ndickie

      anything is better than being a palin………can’t believe this idiotic family still gets press and media attention. everytime you think they’ve finally gone away, one of them crawls back out from under the rocks.

    • steven hunt

      lots of hatred from the left for the palins. Palins must be doing something right to upset so many small minded, ignorant liberals

      • Kathleen Hawkins

        I have to agree with you Steve. They are a normal family like all of us with problems. I respect the Palins so much. I feel people are just jealous. I wish people would put themself in there shoes.

  • Patrick

    The following:
    1. Not being a Plain?
    2. Being a toilet brush.
    3. Being captured by Pirates.
    4. Being circumcised without anasthetic by a person suffering from Parkinsons disease with a chainsaw.
    5. Dinner with Hannibal Lecter.
    6. Living Au Naturale…on the moon!

    • steven hunt

      time to stop the hate libs. You all seem so angry. I guess its because you’re jealous of the Palin’s success and you libs no you’re just a bunch of whiny losers hiding behind your computer

    • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

      YOU ARE A PITTIFULL PERSON. ATTACKING A WOMAN FOR HAVING A BABY WHICH BY THE WAY I HAVE COMPLETE ADMIRATION FOR THIS YOUNG WOMAN FOR DOING ON HER OWN. ATLEAST SHE IS NOT A MURDERING PROABORTIONISTS! THIS YOUNG LADY HAD A BABY WHICH IS A BEAUTIFUL CHILD. EVERYTIME SHE SEE’S THIS CHILD DO ANYTHING NEW IT WILL BRING EMENCE JOY JUST WATCHING THE CHILD GROWUP.
      PEOPLE WHO KILL THEIR CHILDREN OFTEN HAVE NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS LATER WHEN LEARNING HOW TERRIBLE THE ACT THEY DID TRULY IS. USUALLYTHEY ARE LIED TO BY THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM ABOUT THE SO CALLEDCHILD BEING NOTHING MORE THAN A GLOB AND NOT A CHILD. AT 3 MONTHS THE CHILD IS COMPLETELY FORMED. HAIR, FINGERS,FEET,TOES,SEX,. THIS IS A COMPLETE BABY. IT DOES NEED TO FINISH GROWING AND MATURING IN GROWTH TO MAKE IT EASY OUTSIDE THE WOMB. BUT MANY HAVE PULLED THROUGHBORN AT ONLY A FEW MONTHS OLD BORN AND OUTSIDE THE WOMB.PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE THIS GARBAGE TOLD TO YOU ABOUT KILLING YOUR BABY AND WAITING TILL YOU PLAN OR WANT ONE. THINGS HAPPEN, PEOPLE GET PREGNANT AND SCARED TO FACE REALITY, PARENTS,FRIENDS, OR SO CALLED FRIENDS WHO MAY DESSERT YOU. THESE NEVER WERE YOU’R FRIENDS TO BEGIN WITH. YOU NEED TO SEE PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY ARE. USUALLY YOU’LL FIND YOU ONLY HAVE A FEW FRIENDS AND THE REST HAVE MOTIVES FOR TRYING TO BE YOUR FRIEND. A FRIEND WOULD NEVER TELL YOU TO KILL YOUR CHILD! REMEMBER THAT! CHOOSE FRIENDS CAREFULLY. P. in Ga.

  • Harry

    Being a rooting swine on a pig farm is far better than being a palin. Palin’s ignorance, stupidity, vulgarity, phychological disorientation and prejudices are showing. What an entirely reprehensible creepy crawler she is.

    • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

      HARRY! IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED YOURSELF! A PIG ! YOU WHO JUDGE MAKE ME SICK! I BET YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN TOO, AND THAT IS TRULY WHAT IS SICKENING! ONLY JESUS HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE! NOT SOME GOSSIPER IN CHURCH WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING BAD ABOUT EVERYBODY IN YOUR CONGREEGATION WHILE EVEN THEN POINTING YOUR FINGER CALLING SOMEONE ELSE A GOSIPPER. BRISTOL HAD HER CHILD AS SHE SHOULD AND FACED THE WORLD NO MATTER THE COST TO HERSELF. NOW SHE IS DOING WELL TAKING CARE OF HERSELF AND CHILD. I BET YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD QUITELY ABORT HER CHILD AND YOU’D THINK THIS OK STILL WHILE JUDGING A GOOD WOMAN WHO FOLLOWS CHRIST. ALL SIN ! ONLY JESUS CAN FORGIVE THAT SIN. NOT HARRY ! ! ! SO OF WHAT VALUE IS YOUR STATEMENT AS EVERYONE SEE’S FROM YOUR STATEMENT!!! SICKENING !!! P. in Ga.

  • Robert Smith

    Do you really want someone to answer the question, what is better than being a Palin? Ah, let me think…! I don’t know, but let me take a stab at it…anything!

    • steven hunt

      robert smith whats with your hatred for the Palins? is it because as an ignorant liberal yourself you’re only open to the view of your fellow ignorant liberals? see thats your problem open your mind and understand conservatives have a right to free speech just like you democRATs do!

    • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

      THAT’S KIND OF FUNNY! OUT OF ALL THE SMITHS I KNOW, AND MANY I DO, ONLY A FEW ARE WORTH THEIR SALT!
      P. in Ga.

  • Brian

    Frankly I feel blessed and extremely fortunate to know that families like the Palins exist. Todd and Sarah have a wonderful family, sure there have been some stumbles but that proves to me at least that they are just human. Something about casting the first stone comes to mind… The Palins message thats rings straight through to me is, whatever life throws in your way accept it and find the positive path to follow. Its to easy to hate and to blame someone else for problems and it doesn’t solve a thing. Pick yourself up accept responsibility for yourself and you’ll go far, or blame someone else and spend your life trolling forums and blogs.

    • Dorene Russell of Coeur d’Alene, Id.

      I love this message Bristol. You are a child of God FIRST and I’m proud of you and your family for standing up against the haters! I was just thinking this morning when I was hearing yet another idiotic thing that Joe Biden said (he is such a buffoon!). … People/Left/Dems/Liberals claimed to be SO fearful of your mother being our VP becaue she would have been just a heart beat from the presidency. OMGosh, could you imagine if Biden was our President? The difference between Biden and Obama is stark, one is a laughable buffoon, the other has an anti-America agenda. Either one is a detriment to our Republic. Oh how I wish your Mom was in the White House.
      Wishing you and yours ALL the BEST!! God bless you!

  • ed bartsz

    Today being mothers day, I awoke with these words on my heart, and I believe are from the Lord.
    A love story about a man, and a woman whom God has chosen to be one is the best story a person can enjoy hearing they have the tendency to touch your emotions, your spirit, and give you a glad heart. This love story comes thru the continuance of time, and space to its origin the Throne of God to the one who sits on this throne God Himself who is all love. God being all love has chosen the union of this man, and woman whom He has made one, and gifting in them His very nature of love. God is honoring the woman today with one of His greatest blessing of being a mother. Happy mothers Bristol Just remember God has the right person chosen for you even before creation, and has forgiven because you have asked Him. As I read many hateful comments towards you and your family it saddens my heart but I know who motivates them to do so, coming from he who lives in hell. Praying for all the Palins.

  • Mark K

    For all of you haters out there… What’s worse than being a Palin? Being you. The Palin’s don’t hate anyone. They don’t blame others for their problems, or for mistakes they make. They’re honorable, upright, and overall, very smart and sensible people. So, Bristol is right… What’s better than being a Palin? Being Christian. Being a Palin is being a child of the Palins, which means you’re loved unconditionally, even when you do wrong. Being a Christian is being a child of God, who loved you enough to give His life, which was to give up immortality, for an ignominious death.

    If there was anyone to be angry, it was how God on earth in the form of Christ was treated. Yet, not only did He not get angry, he forgave them while being executed.

    Contrast this with your hate-filled anger at Bristol… for being a child of the Palins and a child of God. And you can see why being a Palin is in every way better… than being you.

    • Becky Smith

      Amen. God bless you Bristol. I have been single and a parent (of three), it is hard, but you have a fantastic support system and faith in God. don’t let the haters get you down.

  • robert roberts

    Why do I get the idea that every word that you post on your blog was written by some PR hack? None of it comes across as genuine, none of it soulds like it comes from someone your age, and with your very dubious education background. Basically, it sounds fake.

  • Adam H.

    You’re saying identify as a Christian before identifying as a specific family function type.

    Yes. That does seem wise. I’ll remember that. Also, parenting and faith strengthen each other.

    This is a good blog.

  • raj

    I am from the second highest populated country in the world, & I think majority of my countrymen will agree with me that Palin has not done anything wrong in saying that children’s do better with Father & Mother & a Dad shuld be a Man of the house.
    and people like Jwoww should just look into their own closet before talking rash about anyone, Jwoww who is nothing but fake boobs & brainless bully who pisses in public & can do anything for fame & money should just Shut-up.

    & all you HAters just shut up & give this Girl a break.

    Bristol Palin don’t let this cheap ass haters bother you!

  • Pete A. Gonzales

    Sharah, I have been behind you from the start. I am contributor to your PAC and will continue to support you and your family. I know you are immuned to all the uglyness sent your way because of your love for the Lord. But it still has to hurt. I too am saved and I get such joy and comfort from it. Looks to me like they (the Libs) are really affraid and scared of you. I wish all the uglyness in the world would stop but it won’t until we go to be with the Lord. You keep your chin up and bless you are uyour family.

    In the Lord,

    Pete Gonzales

  • kate

    Well done Miss Bristol – great photos. We liked very much, the look of the food!!

  • WanRey

    You can’t fix stupid so don’t waste you breath with these liberal numb-nuts!

  • Terri Gunter

    OMG, this is what is wrong with America. Everyone is fighting and blaming and no one is listening! Come on, we need to work together as one, for the people and what is good for all! Not which party is better or more right than the other!! We are “One Nation Under God”!!!

  • Myron Smith

    Sarah Palin, Glade you went to Chick -Fil-A after the Liberals tried to destroy Chick-Fil-A. You are courageous and Great Speaker. When you ran for Vice-President, you came to Greenville, NC and made an excellent presentation. Hope you come to North Carolina again.

  • Susan

    And your proof that Bristol did not write this is??????????????????????????

  • http://Facebook Clifford Bishop

    Like you’re Mom, you both are great Ladies, and an inspiration to all Women everywhere!

  • M Jackson

    HUH???????

  • ndickie

    oh, yeah, true inspirations. a failed governor who is being investigated, an out-of wedlock mother. seriously???

  • Dorothy

    I don’t believe you really made THAT remark!!! How about the ridiculous excuse for a president sitting in the white house? We can tell he is lying simply because he opens his mouth! But of course, he is “allowed” to lie by virtue of his Muslim Brotherhood culture!!! Not to mention his determination to move “forward” in destroying the very Constitutional amendment that gives YOU the privilege to speak openly against a person who has a deep faith in the very God that he will bow before one day at judgement. God will right every wrong, including those done against our wonderful nation!!! You might reconsider your evaulation… and look at the realities of one who has decided he is “king” of the USA!!!

  • Mark K

    There was absolutely nothing about Palin’s term as governor that was a failure. And false accusations are despicable, not a reason to hate the falsely accused.

    Perhaps you could try harder to become an adult?

  • steven hunt

    i find it hilarious when liberals act like they know what morals and values are. Bristol Palin had a baby outside of marriage liberals won’t tolerate that(like liberals are angels who don’t sin anyways) yet liberals will fight to the death for the right to slaughter and kill their unborn children. Talk about hypocricy! You liberals really should keep your mouth shut. Anyways Sarah Palin was a very successful governor which is the opposite of what failure is….seriously ndickie are you still talking?

  • http://HUFFPOST TRAINJANE

    YES SERIOUSLY! HOW MANY TIMES HAS DIVORCE EFFECTED YOUR FAMILY?HOW MANY KIDS CONCEIVED OUT OF WEDLOCK? HOW MANY SHOTGUN WEDDINGS? WERE YOUR MOTHER AND DADDY OR FATHER, THEN A REAL DADDY LATER RAISED YOU? HOW WERE THINGS WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD. MAYBE YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE ABORTED YOU? DOES SHE WISHED SHE HAD??? HOW MANY DAUGHTERS OF YOURS HAD CHILDREN OUT OF WEDDLOCK, OR YOUR MOTHER??? HMMMMMM…. BET YOU HAVE TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT THAT ONE !

  • http://aol edie

    Always a smart-ass Demoncrat. raising your UGLY head.

  • Scotti

    Dorothy, how deluded are you? Someone points out the obvious (Palins are the worst role models I can image), and your only defense is to point out your ignorance about Obama? Stop watching Fox News, do some thinking for yourself, and get a clue.

  • Dorene Russell of Coeur d’Alene, Id.

    Scotti, the Palins are awesome role models. The reason that Sarah was such a dynamic force as VP candidate is because her ideals resonate with SO many people. She represents the heart of America and fortunately the pendulum is swinging back the direction of patriotic Americans that respect the ideals of our founding fathers. The Left/Obama are the worst thing to happen to the United States. If you can’t see the obvious anti America agenda of Obama and his minions you are blind.

  • robert roberts

    It simply doesnt sound like something a young woman with limited education would write. If she fools you, that’s fine- we all know how incredibly gullible Palin cultists are, some of us are just pointing out the glaringly obvious to demonstrate how clueless people like yourself are. You seemingly have no powers of discernment.

  • robert roberts

    My proof is called the power of discernment- clearly it never occurred to you Bristol didnt qrite this, and you have a vested interest in believing she did. To me, the wording sounds very stilted and awkward, coming from a twenty-something who did not finish high school. It’s a reasonable observation to those who do not come here predisposed to believing everything they read. That is called discernment.

  • Cheri

    FACT: Bristol Palin DID graduate from Wasilla High School in May 2009. AND has continued further in education despite the fact that she is a single parent and living on her own without welfare or government assistance.


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