And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is… May 8, 2012

Well, seventy-eight of you commented under my article called “What’s Better than Being a Palin,” in which I talked about being a single mom. The CCEF little minibook called “Single Parent: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job” is packed full of insight about being the only one to take care of your child.  Some of us are in this position because of past mistakes, while others are here because their husband or wife has passed away.  Either way, many of you are struggling under the pressures of life.  I selected one of the seventy-eight to receive the mini-book.

Drumroll, please….

The winner is Kimberlie Morris of Ohio

Here’s her comment:

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,

Thanks, Kim, and enjoy the mini-book!  Others can get their copy here.  And come back for more giveaways on this blog!
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  • Sue Lynn

    Keep up the great job Bristol! Your entire family is the family lots of folks wish they had. I am inspired by the Palin family and you my dear are a blessing to us all!

  • bellagrazi

    Congrats, Kim! Hope you gain some insight from the lessons in this mini-book. Many blessings.

  • Kim Castro

    CONGRATULATIONS Kim, may the booklet be a blessing for you!

  • Grannie Annie

    I enjoy your articles – keep up the wonderful work!! Enjoyed the story about the limo and the rubber boots on the little guy – isn’t that the mark of a true Alaskan!!? Congratulations to KIM

  • Ronda

    Congratulations Kim…God has blessed you in more ways than one.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Love YA Bristol and the rest of your family and will always stand behind you.

  • Joseph

    That’s right, Kim! Nothing is too big for God! Congratulations, Kim!!! And may the booklet be a blessing to you! 🙂

  • Hey Bristol – admire your spirit….we’ve been married for 45 years and the one thing we have discovered is you take the rough with the smooth as a team. You also learn from experience but, above all, always keep a sense of humour because human life without laughter can be very grim….

  • blackbird

    Congrats Kimberlie.

    “…because of past mistakes…” I do not know but something about that word mistakes I do not like, just my 2 cents.

  • blackbird

    Picture a photo of Five Generations of Women Hands

    Grandma’s Hands

    Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench.. She didn’t move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.

    When I sat down beside her she didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.

    Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. ‘Yes, I’m fine, thank you for asking,’ she said in a clear voice strong….

    ‘I didn’t mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,’ I explained to her.

    ‘Have you ever looked at your hands,’ she asked. ‘I mean really looked at your hands?’

    I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.

    Grandma smiled and related this story:

    ‘Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life..

    ‘They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor..

    They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off to war.

    ‘They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.

    They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse.

    ‘They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn’t understand.

    They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.

    ‘These hands are the mark of where I’ve been and the ruggedness of life.

    But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of God.’

    I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached out and took my grandma’s hands and led her home. When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God..

    I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

  • blackbird

    Oh… one more thing Bristol, please do not take this the wrong way but I would really prefer you exclude me from any giveaways “…come back for more giveaways on this blog!…” I just think others would be move deserving that’s all.

  • Jan

    I hope U do not respond to bully bill maher’s remark about U. his show just lost Delta Airlines as a sponsor. I hope he show has to leave the air soon.

    • Pete

      Bill Maher’s show did not lose Delta Airlines as a sponsor because his show doesn’t rely on commercial advertisers in order to make money. His show airs on HBO which is a subscription service paid for by individual consumers, not corporate sponsors. He won’t be leaving the air anytime soon. I don’t agree with everything he says but his show has a great format and he is always a good host! You are not very well informed for someone with such a strong opinion.

      • Carlos

        Shows how much you know big mouth … HBO is owned and operated by Time Warner (Turner Broadcasting) and Delta did pull some add from Time Warner ,,,,, want to apologize and admit you arent as smart as you think ????

  • Hang in there girl, hold your head high in the face of Bill’s remarks, remember they come from a atheistic liberal!

  • Bo

    You go, girl! Celebrate your trailer-trash heritage with the pride that only a mindless know-nothing like you can muster. Enjoy the trip, cupcake. Soon, you will come crashing up against the devastating reality that you come from a family of frauds and charlatans. When that time comes, it will be the true test of your character. Will you change your thinking and straighten out your life and beliefs . . . or will you condemn your own child to live a life of victimhood and ignorance as your parents did to you? Good luck with that, sweetpea.

    • otlset

      How did Obama’s dog get in here? Poor thing’s got diarrhea, somebody get the pooper-scooper…

      • Bo

        Obama’s dog? What a terrible thing to call poor little Bristol. What has she ever done to you to deserve such an insult, babycakes?

        • otlset

          Hey, I hear Obama calling for you Bo: “Here Bo! Here Bo!……dumb dog, c’mere you mutt or I’ll barbeque you for dinner!”

    • Miriam

      Don’t you people get tired of the puss filled rot that heaves out of your hearts in the form of words? You have no life so you try to destroy the lives of others. I got on here to see what Bristol was up to and am saddened many of the worthless comments from immature cowards hiding behind computers and anonymous names who lack any decency to their fellow man. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Please remember that Bristol is a human being with worth and value just like everyone else. Think before you speak. Seriously.

      • speppers69

        Thank you!

  • Miriam

    Bristol, I recently finished your not afraid of life book. Thank you for your boldness and honesty. While not a single mom I am a mom and was touched by your journey so far. I am a Christian artist and feel prompted to make a painting for you. I have seared the web but can’t find any fan mail address. I don’t want to make something that you won’t be able to receive. I would love the opportunity to bless you. I know there is a lot of hatred towards you and your family so you won’t be handing out your address. I was hoping for any address that I know will reach you safely. Thank you and God Bless

  • BlueMoon

    You’re entitled to your opinion Bristol, however, you have a son, he could very well be GAY. Then what? are you going to push to the margins of our society because of his sexuality? resent him? What if he wants to marry a man? then when? I wish you “folks” could be open and accepting regardless of background, race, sexual preference, religion and such…

  • Sharmain Sobhani

    Who are you to judge anyone? You have a baby out of wedlock and you are constantly bashing Levi in public. Did;t you say the father shapes their children’s lives? Yes, you did . So your kid is out of luck then. Every single person on this planet deserves to be loved no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic class. You are not in any position to judge anybody. You are not a role model. You got drunk and had a kid. Now you expect the public to listen to you? Slavery went on for hundreds of years but that doesn’t mean it is right. You really need to look in the mirror and get a clue.

  • Sharmain Sobhani

    Who are you to judge anyone? You have a baby out of wedlock and you are constantly bashing Levi in public. Did;t you say the father shapes their children’s lives? Yes, you did . So your kid is out of luck then. Every single person on this planet deserves to be loved no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic class. You are not in any position to judge anybody. You are not a role model. You got drunk and had a kid. Now you expect the public to listen to you? Slavery went on for hundreds of years but that doesn’t mean it is right. You really need to look in the mirror and get a clue

  • Andria

    It’s unfortunate that someone in a positon of influencing public opinion, such as Bristol, does not bother to take the time to become educated before speaking. How irresponsible to make statements about something she is not knowledgeable. The mere fact that her mother is in politics does not mean that Bristol should be commenting on this situation. I do not judge her for her actions while many people do. She made a choice to “sin” and have sex at a young age and out of wedlock. Since then she has paraded her child in front of the media at every chance she has, did a cover for US Weekly in which she bashed her mother yet then retracted her statements only a week later, and has misspoken to the media on many occasions. I am a mother and I would be ashamed if my children behaved as Bristol has. She is only an example of what I hope my children never become. I am sure this comment will never see the light of day, due to her PR people. So with that I will speak directly to you Bristol: Go back to school, get a real education, set a positive example for your child, open your eyes beyond the very small world you’ve been raised in, and learn that your opinion does not always need to be voiced. We are all entitled to our opinions, however all of our feeling need not be put on a blog. God bless you with the much needed growth in maturity, wisdom and education that you seriously need.

  • Keith

    Okay so in response to the line
    “In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.”
    I would like to remind everyone that this is just factually incorrect.

    As a religious studies scholar with a degree from the University of Colorado Boulder I can tell you that same sex-marriages have been performed for thousands of years. It’s rather the US in only the last few hundred years that has ignored the tradition of Same-sex marriage. Don’t believe me? Well check it out for yourself. In John Boswell’s 1980 book “Christianity Social Tolerance and Homosexuality” he notes that pairs of same-sex Christian saints have been married in the Roman and medieval era churches for thousands of years. Rictor Norton In his 1998 book “Myth of the Modern Homosexual” reveals that not only did gay men and lesbians exist for thousands of years but they have been married in cultures dating back from before the time of the bible, such as ancient Greece, Egypt, and China. The bible itself contains examples of same sex married couples as laid out by the theologian Jay Michaelson in his 2011 book “God vs. Gay: The Religious case for Equality.”

  • dani

    “Some of us are in this position because of past mistakes, while others are here because their husband or wife has passed away.” are you kidding me? not all marriages that end are FAILURES. some people are mature and evolved enough to understand that their relationship isn’t working and rather than exposing their children to hate and negativity, they go their separate ways and work on their relationship with their children. bristol, off all people, should understand that since she isn’t with the man that spawned her child. or would she consider her child and her child’s father a mistake?

  • Hayley Dannielle

    People like you are the reason young homosexuals commit suicide. As a Christian woman,a raised Republican, but turned liberal, I have never discriminated a person for being gay. Nor have I judged them. You have no right to judge someone who supports gay people and/or bash them, which is what you are doing with this post. As a Christian person, you are not to judge, that is for God to do. There are many people in this world that have judged you for being a teen mother, for me it is not my place to judge you, but I don’t condone it either. But non-the-less, I’m sure you did not like it when people all over the world judged you for this, and your mother. And the whole thing with Obama needing to shape his daughters thoughts, God gave us ALL our own mind and thoughts to think. What you are talking about is that Obama needs to brain wash his daughters and tell them being gay is wrong. I really hope your child does not turn gay, I would feel so sorry for him.


    Why in the world is Bristol Palin giving advice on single parenthood? This young lady has no idea the scoop of being a single parent and making it on your own, raising your own child regardless how you became a single parent. Futhermore, did it not require her to have a sexual relationship out of wedlock while under the legal age of 18 in order to become a “single parent”? Yet she is advocating for heterosexual marriage under her Christian beliefs! Hmmmm…is she the rule model The Christian Community wants as a spokes-person?
    Dear Bristol, before you continue your blog posting you really need to take some time and look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself is this really what Jesus wants?
    Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous
    Hebrews 13:4

  • emily

    does any body here think maybe there is more than just Christianity to life? I’m just wondering, not meaning any offense to the extremists and hopeless saps that have nothing but the religion because they pushed every “bad influence” in their life or they got pushed away by their peers like most gossipy, heretic (fake), churches often do. really? anybody see the fault in today’s Christianity?

  • Mic Robinson

    i’m so happy no one will ever call me a ‘Christian’. i don’t know any group of folks more likely to choose hatred, judgement and bigotry over reason, acceptance and love than ‘Christians’. God, please save me from your followers!