#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

All the fun I could handle!

That’s how Christmas was for me.  A bunch of us gathered out at the lake house, and Wendy and Jeremy threw an amazing celebration–including an indoor movie shown on their projector gizmo Christmas Eve–what a kick.  It was like being in a theater–at HOME!  Bernice went along, and she was pretty flummoxed at first–Margie, the kids’ golden retriever puppy, probably looks like an elephant to her :)–but after a while, she blended in just fine.  Wendy’s Dad, Rick Miller, along with his lovely wife, Kathy, were there from Montana, with their little Yorkie, the remarkable Teddy.  At five pounds or so, Teddy was taking no guff off anybody–especially not Margie.  He drew a line in the sand and dared her to step over it, even though she’s at least five times his size.  He sported a Santa hat and a scarf on Christmas morning and enjoyed the opening of presents as much as any human there.  Jeremy’s mom, Sheri, was there, too.  Mom was missing, but she didn’t feel like braving the snow, and we all understood that.

We feasted on venison sausage and flapbacks at breakfast, with Rick and Kathy doing the cooking, and took our time opening our gifts.

By early afternoon, Bernice and I were plum worn out, and Jeremy chauffered us home, where the kitties were waiting for an accounting of our adventure.  Bernice, who hadn’t eaten a bite since the day before, gobbled down a chicken thigh and nestled into her bed in the kitchen to keep an eye on me.  For me, supper was canned ravioli (no sympathy, please, I love the stuff), since we’d eaten so much out at the lake.

SOME of my favorite gifts: a year’s scholarship for an African girl to attend school, a bicycle for another girl in Sri Lanka (from Wendy and Jeremy), handmade scarves from Sister Sally, absolutely gorgeous, and an absolute FEAST of pretty paper from Sister Pam, complete with its own carrying case.  There were other things, too–the people in my life tend to spoil me.

I like that quality in a person.  :)

Here’s hoping  you and yours enjoyed a very merry Christmas.  God sent the best gift of all, over 2000 years ago, in a humble stable at Bethlehem.

For unto us is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Be blessed!

12 comments to “All the fun I could handle!”

  1. Gloria
      · December 26th, 2012 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Merry Day After Christmas, and all is well, even though you ate till you thought you’d swell. I did!!! :-D

    I’m glad you had such an enjoyable time with your family, and I pray all your readers did too…with their families, not yours. But, with all that fun and food, some probably wished they could have shared with you and yours. :wink:

  2. Hilda
      · December 26th, 2012 at 1:35 pm · Link

    I echo the “happy day after Christmas”! Thanks for the words about the first Christmas Gift. I hope and pray that the reason for Christmas is never forgotten, and the spirit of Christmas is always felt and real to those who trust in the Lord. Enjoy the rest of your Holiday. Now that Christmas is over, I’ll finish up my current Christmas book and then start in on Big Sky River!! Can’t wait!

  3. Juanita Rice
      · December 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm · Link

    What a wonderful day you had, Linda!
    Our family did pretty much the same on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas Day hubby and I took ourselves off to a local casino for what we thought would be a nice quiet dinner. Not!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people there! Next time we’ll know better. Regardless, we had a nice afternoon.
    Besides clothes my main gift this year was a 23-inch monitor!! Not all that big by some standards, I know, but against the old 17-inch it’s a monster. :) Loving it!!

    Are there any special plans for New Year’s Eve?

  4. Jerri Brown
      · December 26th, 2012 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Thank you so much for your post. Living in the same area as you I love to hear how you describe exactly what i am feeling but unable to put into words. And a big thank you your posts always remind me of how lucky and blessed I am and help me be thankful for our abundance from our Savior. You are truly an inspiration.

  5. Norma Stanforth
      · December 26th, 2012 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Hi Lina,
    Your Christmas sound so great, with your family in the lake house, along with Bernice, and the golden retriever Margie, and Rick’s, yorkie Teddy,making Bernice wake the line was funny.You sure had a good breakfast. You had a lot of nice gifts.
    My daughter, and her two daughters and i were altogether for Christmas, had a real nice meal and that was the best gift and we were together.
    Hope everyone else had a good Christmas.
    Norma Stanforth :-o :-o

  6. Sherry Wallace
      · December 26th, 2012 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing your happy Christmas! Glad you had a white one. TN had snow today, but not here in Oxford, MS. Nice & cold, though! The two grandkids got just about everything camouflage that you can think of, from hats & jackets to sheets & a comforter !! My D-I-L is a fabulous cook, decorator & hostess & her house was full of family & much love. My 11 year old grandaughter said the blessing, & what a blessing that was!! She thanked God for sending his son Jesus, because of His great love for us; the reason for the season!
    Blessings to all,

  7. sam
      · December 27th, 2012 at 7:29 am · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Glad you had a good christmas day! Mine was filled with family and a buffet big enough to feed all the street!!
    Happy days :)

  8. jennifer
      · December 27th, 2012 at 4:59 pm · Link

    We have a 40 acre farm with quarter horse and cattle. All three of my kids and husband rodeo. I decided to become a surrogate in Dec of 2011. At 5 months pregnant with twins I was put on bed rest. The twins parents sent me akindle fire. I hadn’t read a book in 10 years till I found the McKentricks! I just purchased A outlaws Christmas and I’m so sad that its the last book! Were do I go from there??? Thanks for making my bed rest so much more dealable!!!!

    • Juanita Rice
        · December 27th, 2012 at 7:25 pm · Link

      Go to Amazon.com and look up Linda Lael Miller. You’ll find lots of her books. All excellent! :) You can read a long time before you get to the end of the Creeds and the McKettricks…and then Linda will catch up with more of their stories. :)

      • jennifer
          · December 27th, 2012 at 8:55 pm · Link

        Thanks Juanita! I thought a outlaws Christmas was the last McKentrick book. I assumed the rest of her books were different! I know Ive read probably 14 McKentrick books so far. Is there somewhere that shows what order they go in after A Outlaws Christmas? I don’t want to mess up and skip one…..lol

  9. Patricia M Hann
      · December 27th, 2012 at 7:01 pm · Link

    It sound like you had a nice Christmas. My family and I also had a great Christmas. Not so much of what was under the tree but the company. I have 10 year old twins and the tragic incident in CT in still fresh in our minds. So be able to watch as they open their presents it is a blessing.

  10. Carole Sklenar
      · December 27th, 2012 at 8:42 pm · Link

    Am so glad to hear you had such a great Christmas. Ours was quiet here for a good reason, I got a new knee in the left leg the week before and not getting around that good yet, but this weekend we will be joining 3 of the daughters and their families on Saturday. So am excited about that as the daughter whose home we are going to is their new one that they just moved into.

    My hubby got me a “Flip-Pal” scanner so I can take this one where ever I go and if I run across family photos or docouments I want a copy of I can just scan it right then and there. Am really esxcited about trying it out some more.

    Happy New Year’s everyone. :)

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