Friday, August 29, 2008

All Revved up

I've completely neglected my blog for a while now ... and even reading your blogs. So, on that note, if you know I typically read your blog and you've made any big announcements and such that I didn't comment on, please let me know! :-)
Anyway, I just heard some news that's got me excited enough to stop and post a blog!

I just watched John McCain announce his running mate, Sarah Palin. I have mixed emotions at first glance.
Clearly, she's done amazing things in her short political life. She appears to be a devoted wife and mother of 5 - her oldest son serving in the Army. And, she's truly pro-life. Not just in politics, but in her personal life. She's set a clear example of that. If you watched her speech, you saw her 4 month old baby boy being held by his older sister. His name is Trig - and what she didn't mention about him is that he has Down Syndrome.
She was told early in her pregnancy that he would have Down Syndrome - and in an age when most people abort babies when they receive that news, she chose to hold firm to her pro life beliefs and called him a "blessing."

So, why would I (of all people) have mixed feelings? I have a huge amount of respect for her already and I think she is a phenomenal choice for McCain. But, as a mother of a child with Down Syndrome - and as the mother of a newborn close in age to hers - I cannot begin to imagine how on earth she will be able to maintain her duties to her children, especially a newborn that requires more than "normal."

Now, I know that my thoughts are probably not popular - and in all liklihood there are women that would be downright angry with my thoughts. Many women would indignantly tell me that I'm wrong - that I should be supporting a woman in politics - that I should be encouraging this as a role model to my daughters and what is possible for them.
Don't get me wrong, I will support the McCain/Palin ticket. I will vote for them. I think its wonderful that we live an age when a woman can be a successful VP. I just disagree with her choice to run at this season of her life. I don't begrudge her the opportunity at all. I just believe that her first priority - and certainly a higher calling on her life - should be her children. That baby will require more from her than I think she will be able to provide in the midst of a presidential campaign - and then life as a VP.
Then again, maybe this will get DS a little more attention - and hopefully she'll be one of the parents that believes in self-fulfilling prophecy with her children and will expect more from Trig than what she's been told to expect!
So, bring it on - I'm sure I've excited some of you as well ... go for it and share your thoughts! I'd love to know what other people think about this!


Rays Family said...

Wow Angela, I was talking to Bob about the exact same thing. You completely echoed what we were just discussing. Unless she knows something that we don't, I can't imagine how somehow her little ones won't miss out. Will she take them with her to Iraq if needed? I doubt it. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.


Sarah said...

I have tuned out all the politics lately, so I found what you wrote to be very eye-opening and informative. It is excellent food for thought.

I totally admire you for speaking the truth about what is on your heart.

You go, girl!

Beth Rainey said...

I'm so with you! I could do many more things in my life but if doing them meant that I didn't have time to parent Lauren and Josh then I would consider myself a failure. Yes, she may give a face and a story to DS but is it at her baby's expense?

You go, girl!!!

Jena said...

I couldn't have said it any better!! Great blog :) Happy to read you guys are settling in Texas. Hope you have a great year of homeschooling.

Lori Eilers said...

You have some very valid points and I agree but selfishly it sure makes me feel better about voting for McCain. Not that I'd ever consider not voting for him but it helped. We need to pray for her and her family that what Satan may try use to come against them, God will use for His Kingdom and our country. God already knows who's gonna be the prez and it's gonna be okay...Jesus, please come soon!

Anonymous said...

Hey Chick....
You know I am in on this one.
I respectfully disagree, but not for the reasons you stated.

How do you do what you do everyday????
(some would think it is impossible)
I think if anyone can do it, it is Angela. For example... two ten pound babies in a tub at home, need i say more.

Passion, plain and simple, you do what you know and love to do, and no one could do your job better.

We are all made different and have our own experiences that prepare us for what God has intended.

There is no time like the present, and even scary at times, we don't get to fully choose our journeys. How would we grow and make better if God didn't challenge us and our loved ones around us.

Trig was placed perfectly with that family for who knows why but God, and remember her other kids are almost all older than your oldest. Can you imagine? I can't even if I wanted to.

Anyways, she looks comfortable in her skin and to me, seems real. I think people chosen to serve the public have a "God thing" gift. I hope that all will be well with her and her family.

Can't wait to see you guys...& i hope i don't sound anything but passionate and proud of our VP nominee.

Good Food For Thought