On December 27, 2008, Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, was born. Happy Birthday! One year later, he is as loved as he was then.
A few days after the birth of her first grandson, Governor Palin's office issued a statement. It reads in part:
"We are over the moon with the arrival of this healthy, beautiful baby,” Governor Palin said.
Isn’t it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?”
Bristol Palin said she “obviously discourages” teen pregnancy and knows that plans she previously made for herself will now forever be changed. “Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with – this isn’t ideal. But I’m fortunate to have a supportive family which is dealing with this together. Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can’t imagine life without him now.”
Tripp has been nurtured and loved by his mom, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. His story speaks to the power of love and responsibility. The care and support that Bristol has been able to give her baby boy is a direct result of the love she has received from those closest to her.
Bristol didn't believe the lie that she couldn't persevere, choose life, and finish her education. Instead, she embraced the truth. No doubt, she knew she had a mother who was on her knees asking for God's help. And that's the way it should be. She looked to her left and to her right, too, and saw a myriad of other family members alongside her. And that's the way it should be also.
I remember reading the Governor's statement a year ago. When she asked the question
"Isn’t it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?”
I couldn't help but enthusiastically exclaim, "Yes it is--just like God."
Thank God for people like the Palins who inspire their children to embrace their own children with open arms, even when life takes you by surprise.
I have personally seen the love Bristol has for her son. I have attached two pictures of mother and son below that I took in Wasilla, Alaska in July.
Bristol, thank God for your strength and courage in choosing life, faith, and responsibility. You have demonstrated--even in your youth--a wisdom so needed in this world. God bless you and your son. The best is yet to come.