#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Down a size! And other ordinary blessings

YES.  Today I am wearing jeans one size smaller than the ones I was so happy to get back into, earlier in my Weight Watchers journey.  (I’m committed to eating in this healthy way forever, so there’s no finish-line.) 

I’m skipping the meeting today–something I almost never do–because I’ve got a writing project to work on and I don’t want to lose my momentum. 

I finally re-located last week’s winners: Mary Goodman and Debbie G.  Yeesh.  I have a new appreciation for all the things Jen does on a day-to-day basis.  I’ll be selecting this week’s winners soon and promise to announce them on Friday.  Congratulations, Mary and Debbie!

My meditation pyramid has arrived, and Kat, the newest member of the Triple L crew, has set it up for me.  I spent about five minutes sitting under it yesterday, which, of course, is not enough time to get much of an effect, so I’m planning to go for at least twenty minutes today.  I’m excited about this experiment and will definitely keep you updated.  I’m adding a few of my favorite crystals and gemstones to the process, too–as I believe I’ve mentioned, I’ve used smaller pyramids to recharge various stones, and this definitely works for me.  In fact, that’s when I decided to try the larger variety.  Plus, meditation is always good for us, no matter the method.

The weather here in the Spokane area is beautiful now–the lilacs (I have both purple and white) are blooming.  Is there a more heavenly scent in the world?  I don’t think so.  :)  I love to put a bunch in a Mason jar, set the bouquet in the center of my kitchen table, and breathe in the color, texture, shapes and fragrance.  I so enjoy the simplicity of homey flowers displayed in a canning jar–besides the obvious beauty factor, the sight brings back so many wonderful memories of the old days, when my mother, grandmothers and aunts did the same.  A pretty vase is a pretty vase, but there’s nothing quite like an ordinary jar, bursting with daffodils or tulips, or fat peonies, or cheery zinnias and/or daisies, or roses….

What are some of your favorite blessings?  Just this once, think small.  :)


49 comments to “Down a size! And other ordinary blessings”

  1. Judy Eagle
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:01 am · Link

    About 15 years ago my husband and I went on a day trip to a ghost town in western Utah. There were a few walls still standing, several rocks we could see had been a foundation and many many lilacs we soon realized were by what must have been the door of each foundation. These hardy bushes were still there, silent reminders of the wish for beauty in the hearts of each lady who lived there. My husband speculated someone must have brought or received a cutting and as they grew they shared. Blessings. :)

  2. Laura Davidson
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:03 am · Link

    Congrats on being down a pants size!! WOO HOO!!

  3. Gloria
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:07 am · Link

    Congratulatios to Mary Goodman and Debbie G. Enjoy your win.

    Well, Linda, congratulations to you, too. Are you going to tell us the size of your jeans? :-D I’d be so proud if I’d get down even one size.

    My Blessings are many, and too numerous to say, unless you’d like me to take up a dozen “pages”. And, still, I have so many disappointments about things that never seem to get better, or change for the better. But, I am healthy, not so wealthy, in fact, down-right poor, and sometimes, wise. That is life and I’d rather be alive than otherwise. :-D

    Thank you for you and all of your great Blogger friends, and thank God for all my Blessings.

    Have a very good rest of the week.

  4. Joyce M.
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:10 am · Link

    Congrats Linda, that is terrific!

  5. Leanna
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:10 am · Link

    Congrats on going down a size! Looking toward to the marriage pact.

  6. Terri Shortell
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:20 am · Link

    Congrats on the downsize. Lol. I love flowers in mason jars too. So beautiful. My blessings are spring flowers, butterflies, and the birds singing. It is so relaxing. Have a great day.

  7. Virginia Horton
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:24 am · Link

    Congrats on the pant size, keep up the good work. I love lilacs, they smell so good. I put out a bush severl years ago and my husband kept mowing it down so there for it is still very small and has never bloomed. It keeps coming back though. I do have a butterfly bush in the front yard that smell the same but it is late coming out every year. Its summer before it blooms and then blooms until fall.

  8. Mary Goodman
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:30 am · Link

    Congratulations on the pants size ,I love flowers they remained me of my mother she always told us”Give me my flowers while I’m here because when I’m gone I won’t know”so I did and she loved them.When she passed my aunt’s told us how she loved when we give her flowers for no reason just because she was there.

  9. Teresa
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:30 am · Link

    Just looking out my Kitchen window and seeing my 3 horses in the pasture!! What a simple blessing!!

  10. Fran F
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:39 am · Link

    Hi Linda, Congratulations on your “one size smaller” accomplishment. I am envious of your lilacs. The house I grew up in on the East Coast had a large lilac bush in the side yard and I looked forward to each Spring when it bloomed. As a matter of fact, our Senior Prom decorations consisted of a lot of lilac’s from lots of gardens which smelled heavenly. I also love the smell of Lily of the Valley. Unfortunately, I now live in the desert where these don’t grow. Keep up the good work.

  11. Andrea Lammly
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:41 am · Link

    Congratulations Linda on losing another size! That’s great!

    One of my favorite blessings was as a youngster coming home from school and the smell of fresh baked bread that Mom had made. We always had homemade bread when Mom was home; never store bought. I would always ask for the heal with butter.
    Ah, I can smell it now.

    Daffodils and tulips have finally sprung up here in Vermont. Going to be another couple weeks before our lilacs show up! Can’t wait!

  12. midge watkins
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:52 am · Link

    Good job, Linda! I remember, back in the 70’s, when I had
    gained weight and wanted a pair of Jordache jeans that were
    popular then. I used to “visit” them in the store. What a day
    when I was able to buy and wear them! I love lilacs, too. They
    are a beautiful flower but, the fragrance is the winning part.
    I bought a new one from a catalog 4 years ago and it’s doing
    great, with lovely flowers and NO fragrance. I was so disappointed. I’l read the fine print now. I have some of the
    old blue tinted Mason jars that I got from my friend when she
    was cleaning her Mother’s house. So beautiful.

  13. Betty Hamilton
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:54 am · Link

    Congrats on going down one more pant size!! Your success and energy has convinced me to go back on my diet. The weight just seemed to sneak back on me. It’ll take hard work to get it back off.
    I not as partial to flowers as I am with sea shells! So I guess its a good thing that I live in South Florida. At one time I had a very large collection…not so much any more. I downsized! lol
    Have a wonderful day!! :)

  14. Deborah Nelson
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:57 am · Link

    Congrats on the lbs lost :wink:

  15. judy
      · May 14th, 2014 at 12:32 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. Have a great day. It is cold and raining here in MO.

  16. Laura Ann Harris
      · May 14th, 2014 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Wonderful news about the new size in jeans Linda! My blessing happens in the evening when my chihuahua Porter races around my legs happy that I’m home from work!

  17. Deborah
      · May 14th, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Link

    Lilacs are one of my very favorites. And I agree with you about the Mason jar for a vase. :lol:

  18. Marilyn Hurst
      · May 14th, 2014 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful week, Arkansas is in the middle of the rainy season, just before the Swelter season, oh the South don’t we have fun! Enjoy your day.

  19. Nadine Spradlin
      · May 14th, 2014 at 1:34 pm · Link

    Linda , good for you on down sizing. I really like violets , we have several patches in our yard ..Oh congratulations to Mary & Debbie on their win this past week . keep on smiling it makes people wonder what you are up to .

  20. Donna Lohrer
      · May 14th, 2014 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Just being. If that makes sense. To get up every morning and thank the Good Lord, that I’m still here.

  21. Ruby Norwood
      · May 14th, 2014 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Congrats on going down a pants size Linda, you should really be proud of yourself… Oh and also congrats to Mary G. and Debbie G on last week win hope you enjoy it. I love to do a lot of things with the mason jars. We even drink sweet tea out of them sometimes at outdoor events..

  22. Hilda
      · May 14th, 2014 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Hey, Linda, thank you for the idea of the Mason jar as a vase! I got a lovely bouquet of roses and tulips for Mother’s Day from my nieces and I brought half of the blooms to work since I spend 10 hrs a day here, but I’ve been struggling to find vases for them. Tonight I’ll grab a Mason jar out of the back of one of my cupboards! Thank you!

    Congrats on the weight loss. I know how good it feels, both physically and mentally, to go down.

    Blessings to you!

    • Hilda
        · May 14th, 2014 at 3:10 pm · Link

      Sorry, I just remembered something else, that strikes me as coincidental. One of my nieces got me a lovely drinking glass for Mother’s Day too, and coincidentally, it’s actually a Mason jar with a handle on it and flowers painted all over it. A new treasured possession!

  23. DIANA E
      · May 14th, 2014 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners and to you , Linda. What a great feeling! My small blessing for today is JOY, I’m going to feel it all day long. Blesings.

  24. Pamela Devereux
      · May 14th, 2014 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Congratulations on losing a whole jean size!!! You must be floating.

    You said to list some of your blessings and think small. So here I go: I thank God I was allowed to wake up today because it is never promised. I am thankful I found the man I was to spend my life with & have 3 lovely children. It has stopped raining so I am sitting out on the patio feeling the breeze & the warmth of the sun. It’s a beautiful day!!

  25. Ida C
      · May 14th, 2014 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Congratulatio on the smaller size jeans!! What an accomplishment. I love the lilacs too, especially the mauve ones. Have a great week.

  26. Renae Kinsey
      · May 14th, 2014 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss and smaller jeans!! Woo hoo!!!
    Really hope Jen has a great time in Scotland.
    I still read all your blogs even though it’s been awhile since I commented. Love love love u!

  27. Gwyn Beams
      · May 14th, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Link

    congratulations,mygoal was to quit smoking and i have done so now for seven months.my next project is weight so i hope to do as well as you. :-D :-D :-D :-D

    • Norma Stanforth
        · May 14th, 2014 at 8:21 pm · Link

      Congratulation Gwyn, that you have quit smoking now for seven months way to go. Keep up the good work and i hope you loss the weight that you are wanting to . Again great work.

  28. Marcy Collins
      · May 14th, 2014 at 5:26 pm · Link

    Congratulations Linda! I am glad to hear all is going well for you, and would like to hear more about the mediation pyramid in a later post. As for my blessings..my sons Brian & Kyle everyday as they are so dear to me and I am thankful as they are they are best results of my marriage!

  29. Ruby Norwood
      · May 14th, 2014 at 5:46 pm · Link

    I know I have commented already but I want to share a little something about being thankful Linda since you mention it. It is a little poem. I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality.
    Thanks Ruby

  30. cheryl Morgan
      · May 14th, 2014 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Great news!

  31. Peggy Casey
      · May 14th, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations on being a size smaller! I have a collection of jeans in various sizes in my closet, representing my journey of the past few years. I am happy to say that I am not wearing the largest ones in the que, but I am also not wearing the smallest! Best of all, I am still far smaller than I was at the beginning of my journey back to health. At my heaviest and least healthy I had managed to work my way into a 22W. Today I am wearing a 10, but my goal for the summer is to get back into the 6 and 8’s that are gathering dust at the bottom of the pile. At this point this desire is not so much for the vanity of wearing those cute “little” jeans, but to return to the better health that I enjoyed during that time of my life.
    I again thank you for the inspiration I receive each week from your updates. I also would like to thank you for the book I received from you a couple of weeks ago. Reading Miracles Now, by Gabrielle Bernstein. Isn’t it awesome how the right things show up in our lives when we most need them?

  32. Bridget
      · May 14th, 2014 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Loving all the springtime blossoms on the trees, so pretty!

  33. Norma Stanforth
      · May 14th, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Congratulation to Mary Goodman and Debbie G.
    Congratulation to you Linda in going down another size from your favorite pants, yeah. Linda i always think flowers in a mason jar on the kitchen table always smells and look great. Can never beat that.
    One thing i am thankful for is my children and having God in my life without them i am nothing.
    Linda, i always enjoy the things you but on this blog. I also am blessed by the people on this blog. Blessing to all.
    As always your friend,

  34. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 14th, 2014 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I have more than one special blessing – my family comes first. Second is my health. Two years ago this time I was getting ready for breast cancer surgery. God has been good to me many special ways.

    Congratulations on the smaller size clothes!

  35. Rita
      · May 14th, 2014 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Wow,down a whole size in jeans is impressive, Don’t get too skinny!!
    Some of my favorite (simple) things would be the trillium, early blooming by itself in the woods, another is the skunk cabbage blooming near the creek, I am probably one of the few that think they are beautiful.

  36. Dorothy
      · May 14th, 2014 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Isn’t it great when you go down a pantsize? That has happened to me lately also. I love seeing all of the spring flowers and my daughter has been here helping me weed the last couple of days. What a blessing she is and she lives 3 states away from me.

  37. Lois Rotella
      · May 14th, 2014 at 9:53 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies !!! Congrats Linda on going one size down. I love the farmers market where I live. They have flowers, veggies, plants and other goodies. It make me happy when they are there.

  38. Kelley Morrow
      · May 15th, 2014 at 1:10 am · Link

    My children and husband planted some beautiful flowers around my rose bushes for my mother’s day! My blessings are like the stars and one of my favs is when my 8 year old daughter pinks anything that looks like a flower for me, we have little vases that hold just these little flowers! Keep up the good work…getting healthier and writing great stories :-P

  39. ,carol
      · May 15th, 2014 at 10:45 am · Link

    It feels great to fit into jeans that were too tight and W.W. isn’t is a diet its a life-style that can do forever.!!! Congrats to your 2 winners! Have a great weekend!

  40. Brenda I.
      · May 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am · Link

    Congratulations on your weight watchers and getting into a smaller size! Keep up the good work. One small blessing for me is greeting someone and seeing a smile on their face as they greet you.

  41. Terrie Fulk
      · May 15th, 2014 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Congrats on the size down in your jeans. I bet you feel so good and accomplished. I also want to say “Hi” to your newest member to the Triple L crew. It is always nice to meet new people. I also remember the use of mason jars for vases when I was younger. You ask for a blessing. That is so weird…I have been recently thinking how geraniums makes me think of the last Mother’s Day I had with my mother. I was 10 and at the Mother, Daughter Banquet at our church we had won one of the geraniums as a door prize. So everytime I see geraniums I think of that event. I hope the rest of your week goes well. <3

    • linda
        · May 16th, 2014 at 1:30 pm · Link

      That touches my heart. What a poignant image!

  42. Carol s
      · May 15th, 2014 at 3:29 pm · Link

    One of my small blessings are the beautiful red birds that fly around in my backyard. They make me feel so peaceful.

  43. Gloria
      · May 15th, 2014 at 8:34 pm · Link

    Linda, in reading all the comments, I have to say that old must be new, again, or else, my family was waaaaaaay ahead in style.

    We used Mason jars for flowers way back when, and we had a mis-matched set of dining chairs, which seems to be all the rage now-a-days. It is like…Been there, done that.

    And, I’m pretty much still doing it, even after all these years. It is fun to hear, and see, about others doing what I’ve always done.

    I hope everyone discovers, and enjoys using, their new “vases” from days of yore. It’s kind of like our bodies…it isn’t so much what the container looks like, it is the beautiful and sweet things inside it that counts.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · May 15th, 2014 at 9:34 pm · Link

      Gloria, you are so right. When my brothers and sisters was growing up we didn’t have much because my dad was very sick and was in the hospital for three years. So we had to make do with what we had and that wasn’t much except we had each other and that was the most important thing. Growing up like that teaches you the important and that is family and God. My sister had polio and was completely paralysis and was in the hospital for over tree year the same time my dad was in the hospital, until she past away. So i am thankful for the hardship because it made me a stronger person.That make you appreciate everything more. Blessings to you.

      • Gloria
          · May 15th, 2014 at 10:14 pm · Link

        Norma, I have to agree with your comment. We never had much, either. One of the reasons was…if we did get anything, we shared it with others, so we still didn’t have much. There were many…family and friends…who took advantage of our giving, but looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, maybe a few slight changes, but all in all, I wouldn’t be who I am without that background.

        I know it was a long time ago, but I am sorry for your loss. I have 2 cousins who are both completely paralized. My first cousin can move his hands a little to control his wheeelchair and feed himself.

        My second cousin has no movement from his upper shouders down. He will be on a respirator for the rest of his life and will need a 2 person team with him 24/7 for the rest of his life. His mother, my first cousin, is trying to cope with this and be there for him, but it is hard. It seems there are very few nursing homes in the United States that are equipped to handle patients on a respirator. The closest one with an opening is 12 hours away, and his mother doesn’t want him that far away from his family.

        I didn’t mean to write another book, but would like to request prayers from all of you for him and his situation. He has been like this since the first of January.

        I pray you’re feeling a lot better by now.

        One of my Blessings is having Linda and her Blogging Buddies to share thoughts and memories with.

  44. Christina Keach
      · May 18th, 2014 at 5:36 pm · Link

    New family of bluebirds making the corner of my porch their home :)

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