#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

That was the week that was….

My beloved cat, Cha Cha, passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed case of diabetes, the day after we lost Aunt Billie.  She was 12 years old and one of my dearest companions.  I was with her at the end, petting her and telling her everything would be okay, when she fell asleep. 

I will be writing more about Cha Cha (called Chachie) and Aunt Billie over coming days and weeks, but at the moment, it’s about all I can do to tell you about these losses.

On a more positive note, our little guy, Gibson Grady Drew, is definitely holding his own.  He weighed in at 3.7 pounds and as of today, he’s off the CPAP breathing machine.  My sister Sally, his maternal grandmother, is thinking of making him his very own Superman get-up.  :)  He’s big-eyed and alert, and we’re all madly in love with him.

Last week’s winners, belatedly announced, are Laurie Sullivan and Pamela R.J.  Congratulations to both of you.  A new round begins today, so get those comments in.

Thanks to Jenni, I now know how to add pictures to my blog posts–FINALLY–so you’ll be innundated with pictures of the dog, the cat, and the horses, not to mention the occasional artist trading cards and other projects.  :)

I hope to be back on track with the book AND the blog from now on, and I’m truly thankful for your kind words of encouragement, your prayers, and your loving thoughts.  You’re all wonderful!

90 comments to “That was the week that was….”

  1. Rosemary
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:43 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    I’m very sorry to hear the sad news. May God grant your family his peace that passes understanding and the joy that assures you that life is everlasting.

    My prayers are with your family during this time of transition.


  2. Gloria
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:43 pm · Link

    I was afraid something bad had happened when we didn’t hear from you. I am so sorry for the loss of your aunt. That is so sad to lose her that way.

    Congratulations to Laurie Sullivan and Pamela R.J. on winning last week.

    I’m sorry about your cat, too.

  3. DONNA
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    I am sorry for the loss of your beloved aunt & your dearest campanion. Remember the good times.

  4. Patricia Taylor
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    So sorry for your losses. Hugs.

  5. Peg North
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Love your blog and great fan of your books. So sorry about your losses. You are all in my prayers especially the new baby.

  6. Janet Finlayson
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Thoughts and Prayers going out to the Triple L, seems you never do thing in a small way over there, but always try very hard to keep things upbeat. Was just reading a story about a “preemie” and what a spitfire she turned out to be, so nothing but good thoughts and prayers for GGD.
    Looking forward to some pictures to go with the deeds.
    Take care and know you are loved.

  7. Lorraine Pitts
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Awwww, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your new little one! In fact, prayers for all of you along with some hugs and love. May you have a magical week. God bless you all as we praise Him for his goodness.

  8. Lois Rotella
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Sorry for your losses. I am sure both your Aunt Billie and Cha Cha is in heaven. My condolences to the family. Glad to hear baby Drew is doing well. Congrats to his family on his birth.

  9. Mae Nell Buttram
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss Aunt Billie and Charles Cha.prayers for your sweet baby nephew.

  10. Deborah Nelson
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss of Cha Cha. Happy to hear that baby Drew is improving.

    Really looking forward to pictures with your blog. Love your writing–but love the images too!

    Take care~

  11. Patty C
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Linda, sorry about your losses; and yet, congratulations on your nephew. Babies are always a great joy! Many hugs.

  12. Jerri Brown
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 2:59 pm · Link

    Thinking of you and offering many positive thoughts to you as you remember all the special times with your loved ones.

    I am “way” excited to see some of your ATC and art work.

  13. Ruby Norwood
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I knew something was wrong last week when we didn’t hear much from you. So sorry for your losses Linda! My thoughts and prayers are still with you guys. Take extra care of the little one..

  14. Rhonda Terstegge
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Yeah for the little guy – so glad he is doing well.

  15. Dixie Hadley
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Linda, My heart goes out to you during this time of great loss. Your Aunt Billie must have been a very special person and is probably entertaining the angels this very moment. Even so When we love much,it hurts much when those we love are no longer with us in person.
    So excited to hear the good news regarding little Gibson Grady.
    I will continue to pray for little Gibson Grady to grow stronger by the day, and for healing for your hearts for the loss of Aunt Billie.

  16. judy
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:15 pm · Link

    I am sorry for your loss. Are pets are just like children. Got your new book yesterday. Glad the little guy is holding his own. May God be with you.

  17. Jeannine Klimt
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Linda, I am sorry that you have to bid adieu to two very special ones in your life. I use the adieu because I don’t believe we ever truly say good bye to either loved ones be they furry or overwise.
    I am very blessed to still have my father but at 88 I know the time is growing neigh.
    On the happy note. I am so glad your little one is progressing and growing strong. What a miracle such little ones can survive. you and your family have my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Pamela Devereux
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Linda I am so sorry for loss. We know how much Cha Cha and Aunt Billie meant to you.

    Glad to hear that Gibson Grady Drew is doing much better. He came into the world a little early but he seems like he is a little fighter.

    Let the beauty of the land, stones & crystals bring you peace. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  19. Dotty Weis
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Link

    So sorry for the loss of your cat

  20. Pat Yates
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:32 pm · Link

    So so sorry to hear about your Aunt and kitty! Today is a sad day for me too. It is my oldest son’s birthday. He passed away in 1990. Seems like yesterday. But on a brighter note, I picked and canned 12 pints of green beans. The garden was very slow starting but has come on like gang busters! Lots of green tomatoes, cukes are flowering, picked egg plant and squash too. Okra and peas were slow coming up but doing ok now. Listen to me going on and on about my garden! Bought new book day before yesterday. Haven’t had time to start it! God bless and know prayers for all of your family.

  21. Paula L Rollins
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:32 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. A pet is a family member…………enjoy the moments and have a great week

  22. Leslie Bell
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Prayers and positive energy headed your way.

  23. Joanne Cain
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss Linda. My thoughts & prayers are with you

  24. Mary Goodman
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Sorry about your losses .My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.I’m glad the little one is doing better will keep him in my prayers also. Peace be with you

  25. Gwenda Underwood
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Continuing to pray for you & all of your family.

  26. Leanna
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:47 pm · Link

    So sorry about your cat. Losing a pet is hard. My copy of the Marriage Pact is en route, I’m looking forward to it.

  27. Sandi Hill
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:47 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Billie. Talk about a spitfire of a lady. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. So sorry to hear about Cha Cha. It is always hard to lose a beloved pet. So glad you were with her at the end. Take care, Sandi

  28. Shirley W.
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your losses. My prayers are with you and yours. Some sad days along with some wonderful ones. That’s our Lord taking care of us. Things are looking up. Love to hear all about the thing you get involved with. Keep up the blogging as I feel I know you like a close friend even though I’ve never meet you. Love your style of writing. Keep them coming and I will keep on reading them.

  29. Pat Parker
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    I am so sorry for all your recent losses, and am reminded once more how God closes one door and opens a window. Thank you, baby boy!

    I have been revisiting my library lately. I read the Rance/K/Jessie trilogy and had to go back to the originals. I have completed Rafe and Kade’s stories and am getting Jed and Chloe back together. Next-Holt! In the middle of the two series I read the Marriage Pact. Looking forward to getting back to that story in the next book. Yours are books that just suck me in on the first page! I love them.

    God bless, comfort, and strengthen you as you work through your grief.


  30. Emily
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 3:53 pm · Link

    So very sorry about your losses. I have been saying lots of prayers for Aunt Billie and the new baby boy. So sorry about the cat too. It is always hard to lose people and pets that we are so close to.

    May God bless you and hold you in his hand these trying times.

  31. Debbie Allen
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Very sorry for your losses. I will keep you in my prayers.

  32. Linda Wilson
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Your family is in my prayers, I am so sorry about your Aunt and Cha Cha, my heart is with you

  33. Virginia Horton
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 4:23 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear of you losses but its wonderful news on the baby front. They can do amazing things for babies now. I have a nephew that was born with lots of medical problems and most babies don’t live with the problems he had. He spent his first year having surgery’s even heart surgery. He is 28 years old now and doing fine

  34. Betty Hamilton
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 4:25 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to pictures!!

  35. LynneW
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Sincere condolences on your losses, Linda. And how lovely that Baby is doing so well! You and your family continue in my prayers.

  36. JoyN
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 4:48 pm · Link

    Prayers of comfort for you…during your time of loss. Sometimes losses are so hard to manuever through. Grieve the way you need to…without time limits or worries that you aren’t doing “it” right. Just bought your latest book…already can’t put it down!

  37. Pamela R.J.
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 4:49 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    As others have said before me, my prayers are with you and your family with the loss of this very special aunt. My niece’s mother-in-law also passed away this morning which tears at the heart strings. We know she is in heaven rejoicing, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy as a kaleidoscope of memories keep running through our heads of all the special times we had with her for over forty years.

    I am so happy that your little great nephew is improving daily. To everything there is a season–a time to be born and a time to die. This is life–not always easy, but well worth doing the best we can.

    I also am sorry to hear about your cat. From reading your blogs, I can tell how important each of your animals are to you. They are not just companions but a special part of your life.

    Lastly, thank you so much for the one who randomly picked my blog last week. I feel very honored as I would have said I never win anything, except now I found this is a second prize in two weeks–the last one was a plant at a baby shower.

    God bless you and your family! I’m praying for God’s strength and to hold you in His arms through this time.

    Pamela R.J.

  38. Gwyn Beams
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 5:07 pm · Link

    sorry for your losses,prayers for gibson are sent. :-D

  39. Marilyn Hurst
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your kitty.

  40. Cindi Williams
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 5:55 pm · Link

    I am so sorry to hear of you loosing your Aunt and your cat, Cha Cha. I am getting prepared to let my 14 year old King Charles go. We try to hang on to them, but, they let us know when it is time to say goodbye. My oldest son, Mike, was three months early when he was born and weighed 1 lb., 9 oz.,and will turn 46 on June 11th. I will say prayers for the little guy and you, Linda, as you mourn the losses you have had. God Bless You.

  41. Goldie Hale
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 6:21 pm · Link

    My grandson weighed 4.3 and went down to 3.11. He is now 21, received a scholarship to play football at college and has one more year and he will graduate. These babies are really tough.

  42. Diana E.
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 6:23 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Aunt Billie and your cat, Linda. My deepest sympathy goes out to you.
    However, so glad to hear baby is doing well, my continued prayers for him and family.
    Hopefully you will have a better week this week. Blessings.

  43. Cecelia Kelsey
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 6:31 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your terrible losses this past week. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Glad to hear the little guy is improving. That is great news!

  44. Debbie C
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 6:38 pm · Link

    So sorry about your loss. You’re in my prayers.

  45. Laura Ann Harris
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Linda, my heart goes out to you for the loss if your Aunt and ChaCha. My prayers are with you and your family.

  46. Marcy Collins
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 7:03 pm · Link

    I am so sorry to hear of your recent losses! My prayers & thoughts are with you and I am sending virtual HUGS your way. Glad to hear the new addition is doing well…may be a long road but sounds like the Superman suit is right on!

  47. Pamela Black
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Linda we are so sorry for your losses. We laid to rest a dear man today. You just never know from one day to the next whom God will take from this earth. I lost a little brother 41years old just last year. May God be with all of you. Prayers to you and your family from Missouri.

  48. Pat
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 7:35 pm · Link

    After 3 years of occasionally posting on my blog I have committed to doing a better job. And I too learned to add a photo today. I am about to embark on a life-changing adventure and will post my efforts make it all come true.

  49. Lori
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Linda, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Aunt and cat. Prayers for you. On a happy note finished your book in 2 days, lived it!!! Can’t wait for the next one!!

  50. Gwen
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 8:35 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry for your losses. Will pray for you and your family.

  51. Juanita Rice
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 8:37 pm · Link

    So sorry for your losses, Linda. :(
    Hugs for you.

  52. Pam Brewer
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  53. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 8:50 pm · Link

    I also had a loss this past week. My sister-in-law passed away on Friday after a brief illness. She was 8 months to the day older than me but I never, ever thought she would go before me. My sincere sympathies to your and your family.

    On the good note, grats for the improvement of Baby Drew. Prayers being sent for continued success.

  54. Connie Johnson
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 9:17 pm · Link

    So sorry for your losses. Also glad the little guy is doing well.

  55. Patrice
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 pm · Link

    So sorry for your losses. I know how sad I was when my good kitty buddy Mojo passed somewhat unexpectedly at 12 years old. I still miss him. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  56. Terri Shortell
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 10:11 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your lose. Glad to hear the baby is doing well. Hope you have a nice day tomorrow.

  57. midge watkins
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 10:12 pm · Link

    Go, little Gib! What a wonderful light at the end of a dark week. I’m so sorry about your Aunt . And I thought I had
    lost my cat a couple of days ago, but he got locked in the
    garage again. When he walked out the next morning, I
    thanked God with all my heart. We are so close to our animals.
    I am glad to hear about upcoming pictures, tho. Really looking
    forward to that. Take care and time to grieve. My prayers are
    with you.

  58. Rita Crofoot
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 10:58 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss, be kind to yourself, it is so hard to lose a loved one, even a four footed one,(maybe especially a four footed family member. Also happy your new one is doing well.

  59. Shirley Meyle
      · June 2nd, 2014 at 11:21 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    I’m so sorry to hear you lost your beloved Aunt and well as your cat recently. My thoughts are with you. :cry:

  60. Gloria
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 2:24 am · Link

    Linda, I just now finished The Marriage Pact. I enjoyed it very much.

    Thank you, Hilda, for the book. I picked it up from the PO around lunch time Saturday and now…it is finished.

    Hilda, I thank you for sending it and Linda, I thank you for writing it.

    Blessings to you both.

  61. Kelley Morrow
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 2:27 am · Link

    Linda, praying many blessings are headed your way and also for that little one. Got the new book today and can’t wait to read and enjoy. Stay well

  62. Dennis
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 6:31 am · Link

    Sooooo sorry for ur loss!! Hang in there kiddo! Prayers for u & ur family! Happy tho ur back to writing!

  63. Regina Merchant
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 9:58 am · Link

    So, so sorry for your losses. I pray for God’s peace to be wrapped around you during this difficult time.

  64. Brenda I.
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 10:15 am · Link

    Linda, I’m sorry for the loss of your Aunt Billie and cat Cha Cha. Good to hear little Gibson is bright eyed and alert! Continued prayers and blessings on you and your family.

  65. Marie Jones
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 10:35 am · Link

    Oh Linda I’m sorry for your losses. Heartbreaking! Please take comfort in knowing now that they both at peace and in the loving hands of God.
    My prayers are with you.

  66. Terrie
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Happy to hear little Gibson is doing so well. I am sorry to hear about Cha Cha. Our pets become such an important part of our lives and I know how badly it hurts when you loose one. I am excited to hear you are going to be able to post pictures to your blog now. I am anxious to see some of your work. Wishing you a blessed and peaceful week.

  67. ,carol
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 1:25 pm · Link

    congrats to the lucky 2 winners! Hope you have a wonderful lweek!

  68. Teresa Wilson
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Linda, you & your family remain in my prayers.
    So very sorry to hear of your losses. May you find comfort in the love they each added to your life that you will carry with you always.

  69. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Aunt Billie was very lucky to be part of a loving family. Cha Cha was a very lucky kitty. I know how you love animals from all your references to animal adoption in your books. Then, there is the gift of a new life. How wonderful God is.

  70. Patti
      · June 3rd, 2014 at 9:19 pm · Link

    Sending prayers.

  71. Sara Resta
      · June 4th, 2014 at 12:10 am · Link

    My sympathies. May you take comfort in the joy they’ve given you, and in the new baby.

  72. Anita C
      · June 4th, 2014 at 8:31 am · Link

    I am so very sorry to hear of your losses. I was afraid that when you did not blog that something had happened. Take care of yourself and know that so many, including myself, are sending prayers, thoughts and white light your way.

  73. clare helsley
      · June 4th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your beloved ChaCha. I’ve been thro the same and my heart goes out to you.


  74. Joyce M.
      · June 4th, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link

    So sorry for your losses. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. Glad your little guy is doing well.

  75. Norma Stanforth
      · June 4th, 2014 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Linda, i am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Aunt Billie and along with that the loss of your beloved cat Cha Cha, of 12 year you have my deepest sympathy! I have been in the hospital for five days with my bowl and pneumonia. Blessings to you and again i am sorry for your loss.
    As always your friend,

    • Gloria
        · June 4th, 2014 at 9:44 pm · Link

      Norma, I pray you are much better by now. I’m still praying for you.

      • Norma Stanforth
          · June 5th, 2014 at 8:58 pm · Link

        Thank you for my beautiful card Gloria, i will be writing you a little later on. I really appreciate you so very much. Blessings to you my very dear friend.

        • Gloria
            · June 6th, 2014 at 3:05 am · Link

          I’m glad you received the card, Norma. I didn’t know you were back in the hospital when I sent it, but that was good timing.

          I pray you are a lot better by now.

  76. Barbara Kennicutt
      · June 5th, 2014 at 1:44 am · Link

    :cry: So sorry for the loss of your cat & Aunt. Prayers for you. Take care, Love all your books that I have read so far. Keep up the good work. A Big Fan Barbara

  77. Effie Rome
      · June 5th, 2014 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Prayers and Hugs coming your way. Hopefully they will comfort you in your time of loss. Don’t rush, take your time and heal yourself before starting another hectic schedule! You and your continued good health are important to all of us who read your books! Take care, rest well and we’ll be here for you through your journey.

  78. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 5th, 2014 at 4:12 pm · Link

    I just finished my autographed copy of The Marriage Pact and loved it. It is such a sweet story of love between Hadleigh and Tripp, the pact friends, and in families. The relationship between Tripp and Jim is so special. Jim was the kind of father every little boy should have even if there was no blood relationship. Way to go, Linda, on a real winner!

  79. Debbie
      · June 5th, 2014 at 4:49 pm · Link

    Will we be lucky enough to see baby pictures?

  80. Valdi M
      · June 5th, 2014 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Keep your head up. Life is full of downs and ups. Hopefully an UP is on the way.

  81. Norma Stanforth
      · June 5th, 2014 at 9:06 pm · Link

    Dear Linda, i pray thing are getting a little easier for you! You had two great loss around the same time. You are in our prayers. Blessings to you.
    As always your friend,

  82. jeannie chandler
      · June 6th, 2014 at 12:41 am · Link

    Linda sorry for your losses time will heal great job on the mckenzie series couldn’t wait to read each one I have kept them to read again some day I will never give them to borrow lol

  83. Patricia Hann
      · June 6th, 2014 at 12:58 pm · Link

    I am so sorry for your losses. Take care of yourself. Someday you will feel better and be able to talk about losing your Aunt and your cat. My prayers are with you and your family.

  84. Jennifer Warren
      · June 8th, 2014 at 1:12 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss of your aunt & cat. I lost my cat in March after having her for 15 years. I know how you feel.

  85. Linda Lattin
      · June 8th, 2014 at 9:06 pm · Link

    I was so sorry to hear about your losses. It is so hard to lose those that we love, human or animal (mine think they are human) and I hope that you receive the peace and love that you have given. Your books bring a lot of joy to many and we thank you. I pray for God’s blessings on little Gibson. My great-granddaughter was born 3 1/2 months early at 1 lb 7oz and 12 inches long. Within the first two weeks she had to have surgery on her heart. My grandson (a Marine) could not hold her until she was 2 months old and that is the first time they heard her cry, because that is when they removed the tubes. That was 7 yrs ago. Vanessa is a smart, healthy lovely young girl and hasn’t had any problems at all. This is what I pray for little Gibson.

  86. Sharen M
      · June 8th, 2014 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about the loss in your family and your cat companion. May time help you to heal!

  87. linda
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Link

    My heartfelt thanks to all of you, and my sincere condolences to those who have also lost loved ones.

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