#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Counting Blessings

That’s what I’ve been doing during this strange, draggy week, counting my blessings.  I have so many, both obvious and not-so-obvious.  And yet, for some reason, I’ve had to make a die-hard effort to focus on good things these past seven days, instead of frustrations and inconveniences.  Not even problems, I’m embarrassed to say.  Just garden-variety annoyances, and feeling a touch under the weather.  Yikes.  I have a lot of work to do on this self of mine–my friend Chris, for instance, is coming back from radiation and chemo–and he just carries on, without complaint.  I’m such a drama queen that, if I come down with a cold, I expect camera crews on my doorstep and an award-winning documentary about my courage and fortitude.  To quote Mary Ann’s six year old grandson, “For Pete’s sake!”


Our literal weather is typical of early spring, at least here in Spokane.  The skies are overcast and the light is a touch on the gloomy side, and yet my daffodils and tulips have broken ground, promising dazzling color and heady fragrance, not so very long from now.  The lilacs and peonies are definitely busy manufacturing their own special brand of staggering beauty, too, though it doesn’t show on the surface yet.

Today is an excellent day to write, and so I shall.

Thanks for lending an ear and being so patient.

20 comments to “Counting Blessings”

  1. Hilda
      · March 14th, 2013 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Dear Linda, thanks for the reminder to count your blessings! I actually did that already today, when I looked out of my 28th floor window to the building down the street, where 2 guys were hanging thousands of feet above the hard pavement, washing windows. Sitting on my behind in front of a computer all day? Not so bad!! (Well, it maybe not actually be “thousands of feet” but you get the idea!)

  2. Norma Stanforth
      · March 14th, 2013 at 2:03 pm · Link

    Linda, you know it helps to get thing off of our chest whether large of small. Thanks for sharing, our ears are all ways ready to listen whether we can help or not. God bless you and we are always here. Hope you feel better soon.
    As always your friend
    Norma Stanforth

  3. Juanita Rice
      · March 14th, 2013 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Gotta’ love the grandson! :) Summer’s coming, Linda. Hang in there.

  4. Gloria
      · March 14th, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, it sounds as if you have a case of DIS. I’m sorry, and I know how you feel. When my son, Michael, was going through all of his treatments with Lukemia, he never complained, and every half-way good day, he got up and tried to take care of everything and everyone. He succeeded, too.

    I feel so ashamed of myself when I don’t even want to get out of bed and face another day like the one that went before. And, they all seem to go like the one before. He was just grateful for another day. It all comes down to lack of the means to save Michael’s life, and Gregory’s home, fix my own to a comfortable one that wind doesn’t come through the cracks, and the roof doesn’t leak, and you’re not able to see through the walls. :-x When I read about some of the things your characters live in, I can know exactly how they feel.

    I don’t mean to sound materialistic, but when you get down and out, just think of your bank account and KNOW how Blessed you are. It does make a difference in the quality of life. If you’re sick, you can afford better health care, if your home isn’t up to par, you can afford to get it fixed, and the list goes on.

    People who say money isn’t everything hasn’t had to try and live without it. Now, I’ll get off my soapbox before I fall off, or get knocked off :-o , and say…we’re all Blessed in some way or another, and like you, I try to be grateful for everything I do have, and my family I have left, and all my friends, and for my good health. And, I’m trying to live better each day instead of wasting my life, and ask myself, what would Michael do with his day, if he still had it? And, what would Gregory do if he was able? Even though I don’t always succeed, I AM Blessed!!

    I know I’ve already written a lot, but I’d also like to say…I admire you for sharing that you’re not always on top of the world and everything is not always Roses for you, but that you have a few thorns, too…I’m not saying you’re prickly, just that you have hurts like the rest of us. Most people in your position wants to always put up a front that no one can attain to, but you admit to human failings, and that you’re like the rest of us.

    Thank you for that, Linda, and I pray you get over The DIS and feel better before the day is over.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · March 14th, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

      Gloria, I am sorry that you didn’t have the money to help save your son Michael with he needed it. I know what it is like to loose a son, my son was older than your son. My so was 38 but you never think of your child dieing before you and my husband died at the age of 34.My other so had a heart attack at 43 though he was going to die. God did not promise us another day.That is way we have to make the most of now. I’m also sorry your so Gregory lost his home i prayed that he would be able to keep it. God bless you Gloria and i still pray for your family.
      Norma Stanforth :(

      • Norma Stanforth
          · March 14th, 2013 at 5:52 pm · Link

        Gloria, i meant to say why instead of way. I had to go to the bathroom and didn’t proof read, sorry.
        NS :(

        • Gloria
            · March 19th, 2013 at 10:54 pm · Link

          Thank you, Norma, for your kind thoughts and the prayers.

  5. Mickey
      · March 14th, 2013 at 2:49 pm · Link

    I hear ya Linda! I’m north of you up in Chewelah and the teasing sunshine followed by nothing but gray skies get to a person. We have threats of snow showers tonight! GAA! It soon will be sunny and warm and the lawn will need to be mowed.
    I absolutly love your books and know you have many many fans here in Stevens County! 8)

  6. Bill Francis
      · March 14th, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Retire and come live with us in sunny Florida!! U are always welcome!!

  7. Sue Hodge
      · March 14th, 2013 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Linda if I could send some of our sunshine from NC I would, we are trying to have spring but still have cold wind.
    I try each day to count my blessings and enjoy life one day at the time and enjoying reading your books.

    God bless you!

  8. Barbara Murcray
      · March 14th, 2013 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Boy do I hear you!!!! My brother is going thru chemo and radiation. He is so positive (kidney cancer)they removed 80%of the tumor in the brain and left the ones on his kidneys and stomach alone for now. I have had a cold so have stayed away so not to make him sick! :( Spring and Summer are just around the corner and hopefully the blues will fade away. So to pass the time a good book, nice glass of wine and great friends and family to lean on. Love your books, so keep them coming!

    • Norma Stanforth
        · March 14th, 2013 at 6:00 pm · Link

      Barbara, so sorry about you brother having cancer, i have two brothers and they both have cancer. I will pray for your brother if you don’t mind me praying for him? God bless you and your family.
      Norma Stanforth :(

    • Gloria
        · March 19th, 2013 at 10:57 pm · Link

      Barbara, I’m sorry about your brother. I’ll pray for him. I lost my oldest brother to cancer a couple of years before I lost my son. And, my best friend, also form cancer, one year and one month before I lost my brother.

      Is it me, or does there seem to be more cancer that there used to be?

  9. sam
      · March 14th, 2013 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Linda, I think we can all at times relate to how you feel, but I want you to remember this; You give us so much pleasure in your books, and you take time out most days to give us an account of your life, thoughts and feelings.This takes time and for that, we are blessed :) So, thank-you.

  10. Crystal
      · March 14th, 2013 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Linda, I do hope you get to feeling better and i will keep your friend Chris in my prayers. I remember my dad before he passed with cancer how he never complained and always kept God his number one focus. People would come out to visit him and they always said they would come to lift daddy’s spirits but would always leave with him encouraging them. I am guility as everyone else but we are alive and well and should count our blessings daily. Hope you get to feeling better Linda! :wink:

  11. kathy copeland
      · March 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I think we all are looking forward to sunny days and warm temps. My favorites are my peonies and lilacs I always wish they would stay around longer.But thats what makes them so special I guess. It 70 here today in Kansas been outside trying to clean up around my plants .That felt so good to finally be outside in the garden. I’m sending you sunny thoughts and hugs.Feel better soon!!!!!!

  12. Beverly
      · March 14th, 2013 at 6:47 pm · Link

    Love your honesty, Linda. And remembering one’s blessings is definitely a great idea and good for the soul! Spring is still my favorite time of the year. And although I have lived in sunny southern California for over 20 years, I still can’t get over how we have flowers growing in the winter months! Thank-you for sharing your writing gift with all of us. You bring joy to so many lives. I’m sending you lots of happy & healthy thoughts. :)

  13. Emily
      · March 15th, 2013 at 9:44 am · Link

    Just returned from flying to Dallas for my 6-month breast cancer check-up. All is good for another 6 months. :-D

    I understand all the readers that have lost a son. Been there, and know how horrifying that is! :cry: God has a plan and I have so much to be thankful for.

    Hope you are feeling better now and that the week-end brings smiles and pleasure.

  14. Kathleen O
      · March 15th, 2013 at 9:57 am · Link

    We have to count our blessings for sure. I often think when things are not going good for me, whether it be my health issues or other tough times, there is someone far worse off than I..
    If there is sunshine in our hearts, then we have won half the battle..
    Keep smiling Linda…

  15. Ange
      · March 15th, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks as always for your enjoyable post. I read each one several times. You’re books are my favorite.
    I have a couple questions. How is the diet going? I just ordered the food lovers program and it should be arriving any day now. Next, how is the apnea? It took me months to get my settings right but since then (5 years) I’ve not even had a cold. Something about the warm mist that keeps the insides of my sinus’s clean I think. Do you travel with your machine? Mine is severe so I don’t dare lay down without putting it on first.
    Next, Have you ever visited any of Laura Ingalls’ home sites?
    Thanks for all your positive thoughts and words!!

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