#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
My Friday Prayer

Lord, bless the beasts and the children. Bring the lost ones home to warm hearts and houses.

Bless the leaders; flood their hearts with compassion and their minds with wisdom. May they love peace, as well as justice.

Bless those among us who are sick or discouraged. Remind us of all the reasons to hope.

Bless those who travel, and those who stay at home.

Bless those who struggle, and those who prosper.

Bless those who are in pain, and remind those who are not to celebrate.

Bless the teachers, the doctors and nurses, the police and the firefighters and especially the soldiers. Bless all those who protect and serve, and so often go unsung.

Most of all, Lord, make us grateful.

What Snow?

I promised myself I wouldn’t mention it. :)

I was so full of great plans for yesterday. Here’s what actually happened: I hit the wall. Took a hot bath, smeared myself with Vicks (smells like love), put my pajamas right back on, and crawled into bed. I slept and slept. Fortunately, when I arose, I felt a lot better. I figure everything caught up with me, all at once. Down for the count. Sadie and Bernice were happy to keep me company–you’ve heard of Delta Force? Well, they’re Snuggle Force.

Our new stable hand, Jodi, is working out very well. She’s strong and gentle, and knows horses.

The staff house, despite the preciptation-that-must-not-be-named, is coming together beautifully. I keep telling cousin/housekeeper Mary Ann that she and Larry can just stay here in the big house, and I’ll move into the new one. Construction, construction, construction! First the barn, now the other house. I’ve been planning to renovate the main house, but I think I need a break from hammering, sawing, and the constant decisions.

That’s what I say now, anyway. No doubt, by the end of the year, I’ll be telling you all about the new master-suite wing. :)

Make it a lovely day. The choice is yours, however it may seem. You can’t change a lot of what happens, but you can decide what attitude you’re going to take.

Though the term “stick ’em up” is widely used in Western films, it wasn’t actually coined until the 1930’s.