#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


To my friend, Ozma

My good friend Ozma is having a very intricate medical procedure done today.  I’m praying for her, and I’d appreciate it if those of you who are so inclined would do the same. 

God bless and Godspeed, Ozma.  (And just think; tomorrow morning, it will be over.)

That said, I spent the weekend mulling over my story and fiddling around with my art journal.  (If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be able to see a page I particularly enjoyed doing, although it won’t be posted until later today because as soon as I finish this blog, I’ll be in Parable.)

Wendy and I had Mexican food and made a stop at Walmart yesterday afternoon–I bought some flower bulbs: daffodils, tulips, the usual.  The tulips on the package look almost like peonies, and you know how I am about peonies.  :)  Jeremy has the flowerbeds whipped into shape and soon we’ll be bedding the roses down for the winter.  I’ve got a spot picked out for the spring bulbs to bloom in a glorious swath of color–and I’ll be imagining the display all winter.  And I have a raised bed in place, thanks to Jeremy, where I plan to grow tomatoes next year–also hope to have another deck garden.  Flowers and salad–does it get any better than that????

What I’m reading: “I Declare” by Joel Osteen.  VERY good book.  Like most of us, I need a lot of reminding that the words I say aloud will come back to me in kind.  As in, stinkin’ thinkin’ equals a big load of manure.  :)  (Which, as we garden lovers know, has its uses, but I’m talking about the figurative kind here.)

My family reunion is coming up soon, too.  Laels and Kramers, run amok.  :)  I can hardly wait.

This happiness project has me stymied at the moment–organizing it, I mean.  So we’ll do it our way.

Task #1: What makes you happy?  (I will pick two winners at random and send each of them a free autographed book.)

44 comments to “To my friend, Ozma”

  1. Andrea Lammly
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 1:31 pm · Link

    What makes me happy? I love to bake and baking is one of my things I do when I’m stressed and need to relax. The happiness comes from sharing all the baked goods when I’m finished.

    Reading a good book, drinking a cup of tea with my two cats curled up beside me also makes me happy!

    Will keep Ozma in our daily prayers.

    Happy day Linda.



  2. Janet
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 1:35 pm · Link

    What makes me happy? :lol: 1.Spending time with my 3 grandchildern, even if I have to go to Okinawa, Japan to see them, military brats, lol. 2. Reading a great book and not wanting to put it down because I’m LIVING it. 3. Knowing it’s Saturday morning and I don’t have to get up early inless I want to. and last but now lest, having Linda release a new book. YooHoo !!!



  3. Amanda Rauffer
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I am the most happy when all my “people” are in a good place and a sense of peace and inner quiet follows. Having three children of very scattered ages (18, 14 and 6!) and a very busy husband makes this rather rare, but it’s always a happy moment when it does.
    Being happy is when my heart is filled with love and peace and my energy is focused on kindness. It’s when I can put aside worry and anger and fear and live through my heart. It happens most frequently when I am purposeful about it, even though that can be a challenge for me!
    Wishing you a Happy Day and prayers, of course, for your friend in need.



  4. Teresa
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Just looking out the kitchen window – seeing the 3 horses grazing, the chickens pecking about and hearing the birds singing – what else beside the things of Nature can bring us happiness in the Lord!!



  5. Michele
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:27 pm · Link

    I’m happiest when the kids and grandkids show up just because they want to be with us. No other reason. I was a little nervous when the kids grew up, moved out and got married. I was affraid hubby and I would have nothing in common. It was really nice to know that we still liked each other. LOL! Sometimes it’s scary to think all you have in common with someone are your kids. I am very blessed.
    A freind of mine once told me I was in denial because when I got down in the dumps I read a book to take my mind off of my problems. I was so miserable that I talked to my doctor about it. He said if reading helps my stress, then read and stop worrying about what someone else says. Thanks Linda for writing wonderful stories that I can get lost in. I leave your books feeling happy and stress-free!

    Your friend is in my prayers too. Happy October all!



  6. Gloria
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Linda, I pray your friend will come through with flying colors…would that be like butterflies, God’s beautiful creatures?

    What makes me happy? Waking up each morning to a new day and realizing how Blessed I am to be able to get up when so many can not.

    And, receiveing E’s from my two new friends, Hilda and Sam, that I met through your Blog, and reading your books they’ve sent to me.

    Oh, may I borrow Jeremy to fix some flower beds for me when he gets through with yours? :-D That would really make me HAPPY!!!!!!!



    • sam
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        · October 1st, 2012 at 2:44 pm · Link

      And can I just say you make me happy too :)



  7. Debra
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:30 pm · Link

    I’m reading “I Declare” by Joel Osteen also. I’m using it to help my daughter and myself through some tough obstacles at boot camp.

    I’m happy when I get a letter from my daughter, I miss her very much.



  8. sam
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:42 pm · Link

    Linda, I am sending Ozma “get well soon wishes” her way. :)
    What makes me happy? Well……
    Knowing that when I have finished my job as a carer for the day, I have made at least one patient feel that they are respected, comfortable and feel happier in themselves :)
    I have so much to be happy for…. my family, my friends, I could think of so much. But to be able to write some of it down and pass on to you all makes me happy, and reading others happiness, so thank-you Linda for a great idea :)



  9. Hillary Harshbarger
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:43 pm · Link

    Being with my family and dogs makes me the happiest person!!!



  10. Judy Stone
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Random acts of kindness bring me joy. It’s amazing how little things, like a kind word or a smile can brighten someone’s day. I don’t get out much, but when I do, I try to help lift the spirits of others. Doesn’t mean that I walk around with a permagrin, pass out platitudes, or am insincere–I’m cursed with brutal honesty and integrity. I concentrate on truly seeing the person, and in this day and age when appearances count more than the individual, I surprise the heck out of a lot of folks.



  11. Linda
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:47 pm · Link

    A day with no back pain makes me very happy. Doggie kisses whenever he’s giving them and watching the birds at the feeders, but I’m most happy when I see my husband walk in the door from work.
    I will keep Ozma in my prayers.



  12. kathy copeland
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:53 pm · Link

    my family above all; winter night, fireplace going, laying on the couch, with a soft afghan, reading the book i’ve been looking forward too,add a hot cup of tea and i’m happy; my garden; setting on my deck just enjoying the fall color’s of nature.My small town.



  13. Hilda
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 2:58 pm · Link

    I have sent up prayers for your friend, Linda. The Lord’s Will will be done – and we know His Will is perfect. For those that know and love Him, it’s all for the end result – Paradise! I wish more people could feel that joy, hope and contentment. It’s amazing. By the way, what do you do to your roses in the Fall? I’ve been lucky, my two bushes always make it through the winter and thrive each Spring/Summer – in fact, they are both still blooming! Maybe I should just leave well enough alone! Happy gardening, but also, keep composing and writing!



  14. Stacy
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Things that make me happy:
    My two daughters, my humungous puppy and my husband.
    I always remember that no matter how hard the day there are ALWAYS three good things (and the weather can only be used once). So counting my blessings makes me happy too.



  15. Becky Hullett
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 3:47 pm · Link

    What makes me happy is having both of my grandchildren visiting at the same time and being able to put one on each knee and read them books. One daughter lives in Lacey, WA, and the other one lives in Columbia, SC. The times we are all together are very few. I treasure each one of them.



  16. Betsy
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Crafting, reading, watching the birds, being home on a weekend with my husband, when we can just go bumming around together. These give me peace of mind. These are my happy places.
    Sending good thoughts to your friend, Ozma and hoping all will go well.



  17. Lisa Johnson
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 3:57 pm · Link

    Linda,

    What makes me happy is being with my family and my friends. Life is short, so any time we can be with loved ones is always a blessing! It seems like everyone is so busy, that it is hard to get together, so you have to make every second count.

    I will lift up your friend in my prayers as well.

    Blessings,
    Lisa Johnson



  18. Jeannie
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 4:14 pm · Link

    What makes me happy is being with my children. Watching them grow into the fine adults that they are. Being with good friends & reading. Sending prayers



  19. Tia
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Sending good energy to your friend.

    Practicing yoga is one thing that makes me happy.



  20. Krista
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I’m the happiest when I can lay in bed on a Saturday morning snuggled up in my hubby’s loving arms and listening to my two crazy boys (ages 5 and 22 mos) play happily together and hearing their laughter. It warms my heart to hear kind and loving words spoken by my boys (proof that I’m doing something right!) and hearing my oldest pray every night.

    I’m also happiest when I’m at work (I’m a director of a Christian Preschool) and hear one of the classes loudly singing praise songs :)

    Many prayers are being lifted for your friend- mine included.



  21. Vickie
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 4:30 pm · Link

    What makes me happy? Getting time together with cousins at a family reunion and laughing at some of the pranks we pulled when we were kids. We only got together once a year at my grandparents home in the bootheel of Missouri, they would travel from Michigan, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and other parts of Missouri. It was a great time then and gives up many laughs now. Our grandparents are both gone now, but we still get together at least once a year to reminisce the good old days. Families are the greatest.

    Another thing that makes me happy is reading of the happenings in Parable, I finished the last book so fast and now I can hardly wait to find out what is going on there. They are like an extended family. Thanks for writing such wonderful stories for us to enjoy.



  22. Jo-Ann Baker
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 5:29 pm · Link

    What makes me happy. Hearing my Grandchrilden laugh. A smile on there face. That whats make me happy.



  23. Lois Rotella
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Your friend is in my prays. I am happy because I am alive !! I am also happy when I am with my family and friends when ever I can. I am also happy when I am reading good books by all my favorite authors especially yours. I love how your books are based around family. That makes me a very happy person. :-P



  24. Sandra T.
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Happy? My family and READING!!!!! – Not to mention a clean house and yard.



  25. Joy
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Watching the wildlife in my front yard in the early morning makes me happy.



  26. Laurie Grathen
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 6:48 pm · Link

    My husband and I will remember your friend in our morning prayer/devotional time.

    What makes me happy is freedom. It gives me great joy to freely choose how to use my “gifts”, talents, time, money, resources, how to proactively respond to situations and people, make choices that are positive and enpowering. And one of the greatest sources of my joy is helping bring out the best in other people.

    Thanks for asking!



  27. Anita Czajka
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 6:59 pm · Link

    First, white light and prayers for Ozma’s speedy and complete recovery! What makes me happy is reading a good book, whether it be on a warm summer day on my front porch or by a cozy fire in the cold winter months. Reading is my reward to myself! Also, at the top of the happiness list would be spending time with my grandbabies and all the ruckus and fun they bring to us.



  28. Anne
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 7:21 pm · Link

    What makes me happy? Of course it is family friends, but often I find that solitude with a favorite book or cross stitch project has a calming effect on me. Also here lately I have been watching the wild life outside my window and that to seems to relax and enthrall me. I moved the recliner forward about a foot from the wall and about six inches toward the wall so now early in the morning I sit and watch as they make their way to and from the Cedar River here in Iowa. I am actually waking up at about 5 am to do this now (if you knew me you would know this in itself is a miracle). So far I have seen deer, rabbits, squirrels and a couple of ground hogs. I know it sounds a little off but I love watching them. I even bought a pair of cheapo binnoculars so I could see them coming out of the woods. Its just comforting and makes me happy. It all started early this spring when I noticed the tomato plants I put out were getting torn up, now I don’t care who the guilty four legged critter it was, I just want to see them.



  29. kristin
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 8:21 pm · Link

    One of the things that makes me happy are my two boys. They are 13 and 11 and they still love to snuggle and have no qualms about hugging and kissing me in public, even around their friends! They are so in tune with my moods.

    The other thing that makes me happy is when one of my 2nd grade students gets a concept that they have been struggling with. When that lightbulb goes off and and they realize they “got it”, nothing beats that feeling! It makes teaching all worth while!



  30. Nana
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 8:40 pm · Link

    Hope the procedure went well and all is okay. Praying always helps! :)



  31. Nana
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Oops! Almost forgot. Happiness is a day when everyone I come in contact with is in a good mood…like the cosmos has lined up to its intended perfection. Since those days are sometimes few and far between it makes them extra special. :)



  32. Pam Brewer
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 8:54 pm · Link

    I am most happy when I see the “lightbulb” go on when I am explaining something to one of my students, especially when they have been struggling. The look of joy on their face is priceless!



  33. Pam monast
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      · October 1st, 2012 at 10:29 pm · Link

    I work with children who have difficulty talking so what makes me happy is when I hear a first word. It’s really exciting!!



  34. ruth
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 12:24 am · Link

    Best wishes for your friend Ozma.

    What makes me happy?
    A year ago I would have had a grocery list in answer to that question. In the past year I’ve lost my job and returned ‘home.’ I now know this is where I was meant to be when my father asks the same question 3 or 4 times, or forgets where a light switch is. He’s a wonderful man with 82 years of living to share and I’m so lucky to be here at this time.

    What makes me happy now is a day with no frustrations, a quiet rainy day of reading, sharing lines from our books. An evening with company, dinner and cards. While I am community and world aware, right now what makes me happy is peace at home.



  35. Sandi Hill
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 1:24 am · Link

    god bless your friend with his healing powers. Have a great time at your Lael/Kramer family reunion. Will the reunion be held in Northport? Mom (Dorothy Walley turned 102on Sept. 22nd! Ove your blog. Cheers, Sandi Hill.



    • linda
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        · October 2nd, 2012 at 1:22 pm · Link

      Hey, sweetie! I’ve been hoping to hear from you. The reunion is here in Spokane, at the Longhorn.



  36. Becky Carter
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 7:02 am · Link

    What makes me happy? Seeing the smiles on my grandchildren’s face. I keep them every Monday night and when I walk into the room their faces light up and they run into my arms. They tell me that I am the best Nanny in the world. What a feeling!



  37. Debby
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 am · Link

    The thing that makes me happy is hiking at the falls with my dauther and grandson (he’s 2).



  38. Amy Henderson
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 9:16 am · Link

    Prayers out to your friend…hope all goes well. What makes me happy…and I’ll be honest happiness has been hard for me since my divorce 3 years ago. When my kids ages 23 and 21 are smiling and laughing (the 3 of us together laughing) makes me happy. Being with good friends makes me happy and text messages from my best friend that make me laugh brighten my day. A good book about a sexy cowboy puts a smile on my face too…I get lost daydreaming about falling in love with a cowboy….just sayin!! :)



  39. Barbara S
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 9:32 am · Link

    The grandchildren make life the happiest. Also small things like listening to a thunderstorm, snow falling and I don’t have to leave the house, and the beautiful colors of autumn.



  40. Amiee
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 11:59 am · Link

    To be truly happy I love to be in the barn with the horses listening to them talk among themselves sitting back on a stack of hay with my book. Early spring days are the best time you don’t get to cold or to hot and the horses are feeling good after breakfast waiting to be let out to run and graze until dinner. :)



  41. Nyoka Smith
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Sending up prayers for your Friend, Linda. God is the great physician and His will be done!
    What makes me happy? Spending time with family and friends and seeing a new Linda Lael Miller book on the shelf!! : )
    We have wonderful Fall weather here in Southern MS.. I love Fall.. the colors take my breath. The nice crisp air is wonderful to breathe and the crunch of leaves under my feet as I take my walk is music to my ears!! Hope you have a blessed day!



  42. Carole Sklenar
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      · October 2nd, 2012 at 11:14 pm · Link

    What makes me happy is being home with my hubby these days as we are both retired and we are getting a chance to do things that we haven’t been able to do until now; my family and having them all home for a visit; reading books on my Nook Colorr; working with the Father Kapaun Guild; watching the snow coming down in the winter; the birds at the feeders all year round; the trees turning colors in the fall; the wonderful excited faces of the grandkids and great grandkids at Christmas and old movies (musicals) and pretty much any Christmas movie or TV special.



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