#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Day 6

I’m not going to bore you with Linda’s-not-smoking reports for a while–suffice it to say, I’m feelin’ good and doing really well. It’s so nice to breathe freely. YES! If I blow it, I’ll let you know on this blog. As long as you don’t see it here, you’ll know I’m still smoke-free.

Mary Ann says she feels better than ever before, and considering what she went through, that’s pretty amazing. If you know my cousin, you know she always says what she means–and I can verify it. She’s like a different person, full of gratitude to a good and merciful God and getting stronger every day. She’s already talking about coming back to work, but that isn’t going to happen until her doctor says so. (Mary Ann may be the Trail Boss, but I OWN this outfit. :)) When I look into her eyes, I see the younger Mary Ann, the spirited one I’ve known for all but six months of my life and ALL of hers.

As for me, I’m living my dream. I’m WRITING, my very favorite thing to do. I’m raising flowers and vegetables–today, my green onions began to pop up through the soil, incredibly tiny, reaching for the sun. I have my pets around me, and every once in a while, I slap a dab of paint on something or whip up an ATC. Lately, I’ve been trading with my 12 year old niece, Karmen. She makes a great card.

It’s all good.

And I am so grateful.

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