I am sitting here with tears pouring down my face.
Sarah Palin has just accepted the nomination for Vice-President of the United States.
I immediately felt the need to journal this moment. To remember how I felt and why this has moved me to such an extent.
I clearly remember the morning I read in the paper that the 44 year old Governor of Alaska had just given birth to her 5th child... a Down Syndrome baby. I found myself wanting to know more about her. I've thought of her often since then and wondered.
And now I am delighted to finally know more of who Sarah Palin is. She is a woman of faith, passionate about her state and country and relentless about her convictions. And like me, she has a 19 year old son. Her son is going to Iraq next week. Mine wants to.
She is someone I could approach. And she would listen. She seems normal. Like me. She's not perfect. Just wanting to make a difference. To matter.
Well, she has already made a difference. And she surely matters... to her family, to the State of Alaska, to her country, to women all across the nation.
But what if there is more for her to do?
And what if her sphere of influence expands and she makes an even bigger difference?
No matter what happens in this election, she has already inspired us all to believe that we have much more to do. That my influence can expand by my willingness to give my life away. To invest in the life of another. To boldly share my faith.
SO, what if we all get behind this election and vote for our candidate of choice?
And know that WE ARE making a difference. And that it really DOES matter.