#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Good Morning, Parable

Well, so far, so good.  Nobody has died or hurt themselves, knock on wood.  A very promising sign.

Our contest winners for last week are: Lizzy Gaasenbeck and Jean Browning.  The new round begins today, so here’s a routine recap of the rules.  All you need to do is comment.  Winners will be chosen at random and notified, via email, by Jenni.  If you don’t receive this email, you didn’t win, no matter how similar your name is to the one announced on the blog.  I stress this last part only because we’ve had some confusion in this regard lately.  (Hard to imagine, though, that there would be more than one Lizzy Gaasenbeck. :) )

Over the weekend, I mostly vegged and did artist trading cards–the 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. mini-artworks I like to swap online but often (very often) make just for my own enjoyment.  I’m having a ball with some new cutting dies (the kind you use with a Sissix machine), luminous paints and rub-on colors made by those clever people at Viva Decor, etc.  I’m in the process of building a small accordian book (see the ATC Accordian Book video available free at www.Joggles.com, one of my favorite sources of art toys by the way), and just generally having a grand ole time experimenting.  I still get more flops than successes, but that doesn’t bother me. 

I also binged on audiobooks, including two more gothics by Wendy Webb, THE FATE OF MERCY ALBAN and THE TALE OF HALCYON—(Halcyon Somebody-or-other, the  lastname eludes me at the moment)  :), a book by Joe McMoneagle, THE STARGATE CHRONICLES, which I enjoyed but discarded when I got to the place where he gave away his faithful dog.  He had a reason, but a deal is a deal.  When you get a pet, to my way of thinking, you have made a sacred commitment–no matter how inconvenient that commitment might turn out to be later on.  I’m just sayin’….

My great nephew continues to make steady progress.  He’s off the breathing equipment and out of the incubater and gaining weight.  Thank you for your prayers and good wishes, my friends.  Truly, you will never know how much strength your love and patience has brought to me and mine.

Losses come to everyone, of course–no one is immune to that.  The last few knocked me for the proverbial loop, but I’m getting better by the day.  God is so very good. 




65 comments to “Good Morning, Parable”

  1. Gloria
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Lizzy Gaasenbeck and Jean Browning on your win. Enjoy your gifts.

    I’m glad the baby is improving. And, I’m glad no one else has died, gotten hurt, or any other horrible thing.

    Take care, Linda, and have a good and Godly weekend.

  2. Terri Shortell
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    The citizens of Parable will always stand by you Linda. Glad you took the weekend to relax and enjoy life. You work too hard most of the time. So happy to hear the little guy is doing well. Congrats to the winners. Hope everyone has a great day. :) 8)

  3. Dennis
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    So glad things are calming down!! God Bless

  4. Marilyn Hurst
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that the nephew is doing better and that you took some time for yourself this weekend. I visited Buck Taylor’s website this weekend and he is truly talented, I of course found many prints I would love to have but don’t have the room for however,there is one that I’ll be ordering in a few weeks. Hope your week is productive and enjoyable. Blessing and Light to all at the Triple L.

  5. Kris Myers
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:32 pm · Link

    TOTALLY AGREE on the furbaby thing. All our dogs are rescues. One from an especially horrible “city animal control” that was literally no more than a metal shed full of cages. No a/c and no LIGHTS or windows. In Oklahoma where it is ALWAYS dang hot or dang cold depending on the season. Never a spring-like winter or summer.
    You go girl!! Looking forward to reading Marriage Pact.


  6. Lois Rotella
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Congratulation Ladies…. Glad to hear you had a peaceful weekend.. Also glad to hear your nephew is doing well… I had some good new also. My great great niece had a baby boy and both mother and baby are doing well. Have a wonderful week Linda…

  7. Dotty Weis
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you Great Nephew is getting better hope it continues

  8. Sandra Stanford
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:48 pm · Link

    God is so very good, all the time. Glad to hear your Great Nephew is improving.

  9. Laura Ann Harris
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Agreed Linda. God is good!

  10. John Olenick
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:53 pm · Link

    As of today I have read 51 of your books, the most recent being “Marriage Pact”. Have enjoyed them all and looking forward the next one. Keep up the great work and excellent story writing.

  11. Sue Hodge
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:53 pm · Link

    God Bless you Linda. Have a great week.

  12. clare helsley
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:54 pm · Link

    I rec’d my gift book and am so excited—Thank you so much!!I am so glad things are more calm in your corner of the world—Thanks for sharing your life, tho’ts and feelings with us. I eager look for your message when it’s time for it to appear.
    Til next time, my friend.


  13. Peggy Casey
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Great news about the baby! Can’t wait to read another journey through Parable! I saw the pictures of the memorial they set up at the property for Billie… lovely!

  14. Pamela Devereux
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Amen to God is good. Glad to her you great grand nephew is continuing to improve. It is nice to hear you enjoying your postcards. You’ve had a rough few weeks.

    My husband was at the men’s bible retreat all week. So this weekend we didn’t do anything in particular. Sat we didn’t even turn the tv on. We talked, cooked together & listened to music. It is the simple things that bring me great pleasure. I am smiling just writing about it.

  15. Peggy Casey
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Great news about the baby! Can’t wait to read another journey through Parable! I saw the pictures of the memorial they set up at the property for Billie… lovely!

  16. Gwenda Underwood
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Happy to read the good news about great-nephew’s progress!!

  17. Jean browning
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Thank you so very much Linda. It is greatly appreciated.
    I have been an avid reader if your books
    Since your Port Orchard Days. My only request would
    Be to have your Orphan Train series reissued. Any chance of that?
    Once again, thank you. Jean

    • Sharon S.
        · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:29 pm · Link

      Jean, I just finished the Orphan Train series. I have had them since they came out in hardback through the Doubleday Book Club. I kept all of the books I’ve bought by Linda and am now going to the 4th shelf on my floor to ceiling book case. It has been so long since I read them I had forgotten the stories and they were terrific. BTW, congratulations!

    • linda
        · June 30th, 2014 at 12:02 pm · Link

      Actually, the Orphan Train books are being re-released–LILY AND THE MAJOR is available now.

  18. Ruby Norwood
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I agree Linda God is good!! I am so glad your great nephew is doing so well. I know he will be a spoil little fellow.

    Take care!! :idea:

  19. Ruby Norwood
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 3:09 pm · Link

    I agree Linda God is good!! I am so glad your great nephew is doing so well. I know he will be a spoil little fellow.

    Take care!!

  20. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Prayers to you for strength in your time of loss. And also for your nephews continued improvement.

    Kudos to your abandoning a book when a main character abandons his dog. No! Cannot abide the thought. I’m with your u on a life commitment.

    Deep breaths… Be strong

  21. Virginia Horton
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    So glad the baby is doing so well. Its amazing what doctors and preyer can do. It has gotten really hot here and its hard to get my work outside done now. Hope everything goes well for you this week.

  22. Linda Swink
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 4:02 pm · Link

    So good to hear your great nephew is making progress.
    Praying for him and family. You have a great week!

  23. Billiesue Sanders
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 4:39 pm · Link

    I am just back from Hilton Head where 8 friends had a great week. Back in Tennessee it is hot.
    I always enjoy reading what you are thinking . Thank you for sharing.

  24. Pat
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 4:41 pm · Link

    So glad your baby nephew is getting stronger.

    I am amazed at the variety of books that you read. And at the types you like that are so different from what you write. I’m afraid to say that I stick to a very limited genre.

    Hope you have a great week!

  25. Deborah
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 4:43 pm · Link

    I so agree on sacred commitment to pets. Previously today I also came across this in an article by Eleanor Richards on thewayofhorses.com, “Caring for horses can be expensive and time consuming. Caring for a horse that has issues is worse – if you can’t make the commitment, do not get a horse….they all end up with issues eventually.”

    Don’t we all?!

  26. Betty Hamilton
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 4:46 pm · Link

    God surely is good. I am glad that your nephew is improving and that you are as well.

  27. Gwyn Beams
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 4:48 pm · Link

    keep the positive thoughts about your nephew,love the books. :-P

  28. Judy Eagle
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Link

    I am glad to see you back. I hope you have smooth sailing for a long time. :)


  29. Linda Wilson
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 5:35 pm · Link

    You are all in my prayers, so glad everyone is doing good especially nephew. Hoping to see pictures of him

  30. Leanna
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I reread for the fifth time at least Big Sky River. Love Boone and Tara.

  31. Diana E.
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:23 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners.
    Glad to hear baby is doing so well, I’ll keep him in my prayers.
    Loss is never easy, I’m glad to hear you are doing better. Take care and have a wonderful week. Blessings.

  32. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:31 pm · Link

    I totally agree with you concerning our obligations to our animals. We just returned our son’s two large lab mixes that we were going to keep for a few weeks while he moved. It turned out to be 9 months. We didn’t especially want them that long but . . . I really do miss them now that they’re gone. Our 14 yr. old cocker spaniel doesn’t miss them!!! She’s a little spoiled and likes being on only child again.

  33. Sharon S.
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:32 pm · Link

    I too agree about the furbabies. I always know I can trust you won’t harm or kill an animal in your books. The first time I read an author and they injure/kill an animal, I never read them again. No second chances.

    You’re the best! I love my BBQ Gang. (Buster, Buddy and Queenie) and can’t imagine life without them. Keep up the good work!

  34. Patricia Hann
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:35 pm · Link

    I am glad to hear things are getting better. Just know it is a process. You are still in my prayers. take care of yourselve.

  35. Lorraine Pitts
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:40 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your nephew is better. Hope everyone stays healthy and happy. Have a great week and God bless you.

  36. Mary Goodman
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:51 pm · Link

    I’m glad everything is going good for you and your family.You said something about lost, which is so true I lost my uncle 2weeks ago and then my son finally got married this weekend.So I had the sad and the joy this month.Will keep you and your family in my prayers

  37. Sal
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Sally here, Linda’s sister and Gibson’s Grandma. I also want to thank everyone for the prayers for our little sweetheart. We appreciate them and ask you all to keep them coming. He is gaining weight every day! It is amazing to watch your prayers in action. His Mom and Dad are showering him with love. Thanks again! :-D

  38. Shirley Meyle
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    So glad to hear your life is going better now! I finished my prize book, The Marriage Pact, and truly loved it. You have such a way with words, girl, and I love your writing style. If you’re reading this, please read Linda’s new book. You won’t be sorry. :-P

  39. Patti
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 9:13 pm · Link

    I am with you on commitments to animals.

    I am glad you have a bit more sun poking through the clouds so to speak.

  40. Paula L Rollins
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 9:16 pm · Link

    So glad to hear that your great nephew is doing better….yeah…and I know it is hard to believe but their is more than one Paula Rollins in America but only one with the middle name Louise..normally I put my middle initial on everything….HAVE a great week looking forward to hearing from you again :-P

  41. Evelyn Dinunzio
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 9:46 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are on the upswing. You are such an inspiration and I heartily agree about our pets….they should be keepers. Mine is such a sweetheart – my sidekick.

    Keep smiling ear one.


  42. judy
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your great nephew is doing better. I do not know why people get animals and don’t take care of them.

  43. Roberta Giordano
      · June 23rd, 2014 at 10:50 pm · Link

    So happy that your great nephew is doing good. Will keep him in my prayers.

  44. Lea Williams
      · June 24th, 2014 at 12:03 am · Link

    Yes, a commitment to an animal is a lifetime. Believe that. God is good, all the time. Not only does he care for us humans but I believe the animals too. Sick babies sap your heart strength don’t they. Been there, done that, not good. Praying he continues his upward ways. Love these warm days. Had a BBQ with our kids/grandkids yesterday. Am still basking in it today. Have a marvelous week in Parable and your crafting.

  45. Evelyn Villanueva
      · June 24th, 2014 at 1:46 am · Link

    My prayers are w/ you’re family and your nephew. Prayer is powerful. Whether is pray by rote, (The Lord’s Prayer), biblical, Psalm 23, or from the heart, (extemporaneous), God, in Infinite Love, accepts, loves and hears it all. And it is amazing! All that energy going for that special baby. What a blessing.

  46. Lizzy Gaasenbeek
      · June 24th, 2014 at 6:44 am · Link

    So excited I won last week! You’re right about there being only one of me and thank God for that ’cause the world couldn’t abide many of me I’m sure. So happy to hear your great nephew is doing so much better and there is power in prayer and loving support. God is good all the time, whether bubbling over joy or grief and sorrow. I’ve never heard of those artist miniature pics before and am going to check them out. You are a woman of many talents Linda and I love that you share them with others. We aren’t meant to hoard that which God entrusts. You are loved!

  47. Dixie Hadley
      · June 24th, 2014 at 8:00 am · Link

    It sounds as if the storm has passed. Your week end sounds like it was a fun time doing things you really enjoy. :-)
    Great news about the baby. It is always a blessing to know that prayers are being answered. Have a blessed week
    Dixie Hadley

  48. Teri S.
      · June 24th, 2014 at 8:29 am · Link

    I agree with you about the commitment we make to our furry family members. In the last four years we have taken in three shelter dogs, two of which passed within six months of adoption (one was a senior dog with a heart condition and the other was the result of a backyard breeding experiment gone wrong; she had kidney and other problems). They are much missed (I’m getting teary just typing this) and we like to think that while their stay with us was brief, it was probably the best time of their lives–getting pampered, not having to worry about where their next meal was coming from, and most of all, they had a family to love them unconditionally. Our most recent addition (labeled a nuisance by her former “family”) continues to thrive and is so gentle with our 19-year-old (yes, 19!) “puppy.” :)

    • linda
        · June 30th, 2014 at 12:06 pm · Link

      God bless you for being so kind!

  49. Darlene
      · June 24th, 2014 at 11:05 am · Link

    Hi Linda, I am glad to hear your great nephew is off the breathing machine. Yes, you are correct we all suffer losses, I have lost my parents and my sister and are missed everyday I almost lost both my brothers too. My sister in laws brother had brain cancer and just had a test and is now in his lung the size of a baseball any prayers will help as my prayers are for you and anyone else. God Bless. :(

  50. Darlene
      · June 24th, 2014 at 11:09 am · Link

    Linda, I am with you about animals I love mine very much. I hate to see that people actually leave there animals in a hot car, starve or beat them or the one I saw on the news yesterday actually threw a dog out the window on a highway thankfully the person behind them stopped and got the dog :-x . I send my heartfelt thanks to anyone who rescues an animal in distress or needs a home.

  51. Brenda I.
      · June 24th, 2014 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Good to see you doing some fun things that you love to do. That is wonderful new about your great nephew. God is great!

  52. barb shedlock
      · June 24th, 2014 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Linda glad to hear better news from you, the little one is in my prayers. hope this week finds him stronger. love and prayers can do so much. hugs to you. barb

  53. Rita Crofoot
      · June 24th, 2014 at 7:56 pm · Link

    Hey Linda, nice positive blog, glad life is letting you get back to normal. I have my” Marriage Pact”, and am very much enjoying it, you have such a talent for spinning a yarn, and I am so grateful to have found you.

  54. Norma Stanforth
      · June 24th, 2014 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, i am sorry i am late getting this done. But the internet was down here at the nursing home and they just got it fixed. So glad that your great nephew is doing so much better and putting on weight, praise God, He is so good. He see us through so much. Also glad that you are feeling a little better yourself. Each thing happen in it own time and season, the bible tells us that if we will only hang on to that.

    Congratulation to the two new winners Lizzy Gaasenbeck and Jean Browing
    Blessings to all and i hope you all have a wonderful week.
    As always your friend,

  55. Janice
      · June 24th, 2014 at 11:53 pm · Link

    Glad to hear about the great nephew. Babies are a true blessing from God.

  56. Joyce M.
      · June 25th, 2014 at 10:54 am · Link

    Loss is always hard, whether it be a pet or a family member .

  57. Marilyn Costich
      · June 26th, 2014 at 11:52 am · Link

    I am continually amazed that you read so many books both print and audio and get so much done in your life. Continue with the good work at Weight Watchers – you are an inspiration.

  58. Sandra
      · June 26th, 2014 at 2:08 pm · Link

    :-P Never did this before. Hope this go through. I will be praying for your great nephew and appreciate your comments. Pets are special. They are more faithful than humans. Everyone has a reason for the decisions that they make. We never know the whole story, only what is shared. You will be hearing from me in a few weeks. I will be submitting a scholarship application. Just trying something new as I am being refreshed daily. Enjoy your day! :roll:

  59. Valdi McCoy
      · June 27th, 2014 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Our little miniature schnauzer had diabetes the last year of her life and my sweet husband faithfully gave her the insulin everyday. Fed her the correct Vet recommended food and cried like a baby when she passed. (As did I). I now know that if I ever need that kind of care I can count on the man I married. When you have love in your heart it isn’t limited.

  60. Kitty Auvil
      · June 27th, 2014 at 9:30 pm · Link

    My prayers for you and your family, God is good and all is well here at home.

  61. Norma Stanforth
      · June 28th, 2014 at 8:42 pm · Link

    Linda, hope you are okay and that things are going okay. We miss you. Hope you have a great weekend. God’s blessings and praying for you and your family. Hope everyone else has a great weekend and praying for any problems you may have.
    As always your friend,

    • Nora Gilday
        · June 29th, 2014 at 6:39 pm · Link

      Hi Linda,
      I have read many of your books in the past couple of years and am moved to tell you how much I love these stories. Especially the McKettricks and the Creeds. I didn’t think I would enjoy any characters more but then you gave us fans Parable. Wow. I love your style of writing with humor, honesty and real people. As long as you keep writing, I will keep reading. (Even my 21 year old son reads your books occasionally.) Many of your books helped me get through a long bout of depression after losing my Dad from cancer. So thank you and don’t stop anytime soon. I am looking forward to more of the Marriage series.

      From a southern Alberta gal
      Nora Gilday

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