She married her high school sweetheart, Todd, a commercial fisherman, oil field worker, and snowmobile racer on August 29, 1988.
The youngest of Palin's five children, four-month-old Trig, was born with Down Syndrome. It was discovered during pre-natal testing, but the fierce opponent of abortion says she sees only perfection when she looks at her son.
Her oldest son, 19-year-old Track, enlisted in the Army a year ago, and will be deployed to Iraq next month.
Palin herself has been there - she visited the Alaskan National Guard in Iraq and Kuwait last summer.
A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Palin seems utterly Alaskan - she hunts, she fishes, she eats moose-burgers.
Her parents, Sally and Chuck Heath, were out hunting caribou when they got the news.
Palin played basketball in high school, but she's also a former beauty queen - Miss Wasilla, her hometown. And she's had her own spread in Vogue.