Alaska’s Governor has 5th child, a son with down syndrome

April 21, 2008 Kyron 1 Comment

Governor Palin,trigpalin Alaskas Governor has 5th child, a son with down syndrome

Congratulations to you and your husband and happy birth day to Trig Paxon Van Palin! With that, we take this opportunity to also welcome you to the amazing country of Holland. You’re very familiar with the Italy tour (having four older children) and I want to assure you that your time in our little part of the world will be very different than your tour of Italy but as your statement already seems to recognize it will be no less thrilling albeit with different challenges, milestones and achievements.

God has indeed entrusted you with this beautiful soul. It speaks volumes because it takes a truly special person to be a special parent. That’s not to say we’re a bunch of saints by any stretch. We all have our share of foiables. Just by way of example, as a rule special parents suffer from depression at a higher rate than parents as a general category. We won’t all have the same foiables but we all share one thing in common – a fierce love of our child and a determination to maximize their potential for success and independence in the future.

You’ll find that it’s not always so easy to achieve that. There is the medical labyrinth, the educational labyrinth and the governmental labyrinth. Oh and the stigma labyrinth, the hyperactive worry and oh never mind. In the end game it all pales in comparison to what joy you are having right now holding that precious bundle you gave birth to.

My mother often said to me – much is expected of those to whom great things are given. I certainly hope you’ll abide by that. Being the Governor of Alaska gives you an incredible opportunity to advocate for your son and the greater disability community. To often those in government really don’t understand why changes are required. You will be in that unique position to not only understand the needs of the disability community better than most but more importantly, you actually have a position that gives you the ability to affect change with your access so many of us could only hope for.

Of course it’s only conjecture at this point that Trig has down syndrome but your statement makes it clear he has some special needs.

Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed.

We certainly wish you all the best and hope you’ll lean on those of us who have already started on our journey in Holland for the love and support we will gladly give. Trig, you are already blessed, little angel, to have parents who recognize what a privilege they have in being your parents. I’m pretty sure your parents are right that you have great potential to make the world a better place. For now, just rest easy knowing you will be loved by not only your family but the greater family you’ve just become a part of and don’t even know it yet.

Much love to you and your family.

picture courtesy of KTUU TV Alaska

Thanks to Michelle to pointing out this beauty’s birth!

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  1. Nancy says:

    Very well said :)

    I didn’t know that about the depression, actually, but, you know, it makes sense.

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