#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Happy Birthday, Mom and Jerry!

There will be celebration.  :)  Mom is Hazel Bleecker Lael, and Jerry Lael is my favorite (and only) brother.  I love you both.

On to a new topic: Today, after listening to the Daily Audio Bible (.com) as is my habit, the usual prayer call-ins from listeners were replaced with a song–I Used to be a Child, by the incredibly talented singer/songwriter, Sherry Muchira.  Some songs change your day–and others change your life.  I immediately downloaded the entire album, which is called All Things New, and I know I’ll be listening to this music often.  In fact, I was so impressed that I went to Sherry’s website to order CDs.  In the near future, I will be offering one CD to some lucky winner per week, here on the blog, for a total of four weeks.  

If you’d like to hear the song that blew me away, you can find it on the January 31, 2014 podcast of the Daily Audio Bible.  It’s played at the end of the program, after the Scripture and a wonderful commentary; take it from me, the whole podcast is well worth listening to, I was especially BLESSED by Brian’s lovely prayer.   If you want your spirits lifted, check this out.

Just saw the Canadian Wrangler, Larry Readman, hiking through our snowy landscape toward the barn, where Coco, Skye, Banjo, Traveler and April are waiting for room service.  :)  (Thank heaven they don’t have a way to phone in their orders.  :) It’s bad enough that Skye can pick locks!)  Once they’ve chowed down, Larry will turn them out into their beloved 10-acre pasture for a walk-about.  (Or maybe a ‘graze-about’?)

I continue to write, slowly but surely.  :)  There’s not much more to be said on that point at the moment. 

Bernice (my 13 year old Porky-Yorkie) is bugging me, as we speak, to go downstairs and 1) Let her out, 2) Immediately let her back in again, 3) repeat the process.  :)  She isn’t yapping–her usual MO–instead, she’s simply staring at me, unblinking.  Surprising how effective this method is–the late, great Sadie-beagle used to be able to wake me out of a sound sleep in the same way.

I know, I know–I shouldn’t be obeying the dog, she should obey me.   Ha!  In an ideal world, maybe.  :)

Hang on a second–I’ll be right back.

As promised, here I am.  It’s a good thing I went downstairs, really, because Jenni (who was sick with a cold yesterday and is still a bit peaky), arrived and reminded me to announce THIS WEEK’S contest winners.  They are: Barbara Arvanites and Patrice.  CONGRATULATIONS, ladies–you will be receiving an email from Jen today, and once we have your snail mail addresses, your signed books and surprises (each of you will receive a pair of Western style earrings from Cowboy Christmas, but don’t tell anybody!)

Next week’s prizes: 2 lucky winners will receive an autographed book and a small selection of stones, specially selected by yours truly.  As always, all you have to do is comment.

I’m off–miles to go before I sleep–may the Lord bless and keep you until we meet again–and even after that.

Have a great weekend.



51 comments to “Happy Birthday, Mom and Jerry!”

  1. Leanna
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:34 pm · Link

    My cockapoo will give me the staredown in the evened ng when he wants to go to my room to watch tv. My sisters dog does it when he wants to go for a walk.

  2. DONNA
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:37 pm · Link

    I am also an animal lover. I had a very spoiled fox terrier.

  3. Kristie Wilson
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:39 pm · Link

    I’ve found that dogs convey much with a single look! Love our border collie/lab mix!

    I bet the snow looks lovely in the pastures. I wouldn’t know. We’ve had none of the white stuff here in mid-TN, but plenty of frigid temperatures. Thankfully, we’re on our way to a warm-up over the next several days!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  4. DONNA
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:40 pm · Link

    I had a very spoiled toy fox terrier. I am also an animal lover.

  5. Gloria
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Barbara Arvanites and Patrice. Enjoy your gifts.

    Happy Birthday to Hazel and Jerry!!!!

    Linda, have a good and Godly weekend.

  6. judy
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:48 pm · Link

    You have a great weekend to. We have a birthday to go to tomorrow it we can get up the hill. Enjoyed your comments to day. We have a dog who is having ear trouble again. I am putting meds. in it and she does not like it.

  7. marilyn
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful snowy day! We’re expecting rain in Arkansas and maybe sleet/snow by Monday, stocking the cabinets for Superbowl Sunday with lots of veggies and good healthy things to eat.

    My German Pinscher Titus does the same thing to me, he sits up on the bed and stares at me until I wake up and look at him and then he looks at the door and back at me. It’s the signal to let him out, this usually happens around Midnight or Four AM. He’s getting older so it’s fine by me. He’s still chasing squirrels in the yard, running thru the leaves and cold air before coming in to sleep in the front window. If you ever want to get another pup, check out the German Pinschers…. only one word of warning, you have to let them know you’re the boss or they will run the house!!! Have a great weekend!

  8. Tammy Meese
      · January 31st, 2014 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Have a fantastic weekend yourself :) Love reading your blogs.

  9. Janet Finlayson
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Pictures please !!! You mention different Jenni, and Wendy and the Canadian Wrangler, Larry and we need faces to go with the names of your loved ones, even the horses, Bernice and the kitties too!! We enjoy so much your sharing your life on the Triple L (?) with us. Thank you :-P

  10. Cecelia Kelsey
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:09 pm · Link

    My Mom and Sister both have birthdays in February. Then, my other Sister and I both have birthdays in July (we are the same age for 23 days!).

  11. pat Yates
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Linda I am caring for my nephew’s English bulldog and he does me the same way. There are 3 other people in this house and he only comes to me to let him out. Then it’s a stampede because the other three dogs and the cat try to beat him to the door. Did I say I live in an insane asylum?
    Wish your Momma and brother a happy birthday, have a good celebration and God Bless all.

  12. Terri Shortell
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    My dogs get their way the same way. I think they figured out it’s more effective than yapping. :lol: Happy Birthday to your mom and brother. Hope you have a great time with them.

  13. Gwen
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:27 pm · Link

    My pugs do that, they sit on the floor, just staring at me, until one woo woo at me(not a bark but kind of a howl) and then they jump up as soon as I do and do a happy dance because I am doing what they want me to do.

  14. Betty Hamilton
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:35 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Hazel and Jerry!!!! …and Congratulations to Barbara and Patrice. Enjoy your gifts. And everyone have a great week-end!!

  15. Lois Rotella
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday ro your Mom and Brother :-D . My cat used to stare at me when she wanted something. It was weird how she would get us to do what she wanted just by staring. Congratulations Ladies on your win. Have a wonderful weekend all !! :-D

  16. Nadine Spradlin
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:54 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your Mother & brother. I Really love your books & blogs .we don’t have pets anymore , just spoil the neighbor’s dog . It snowed a lot in the Atlanta area and south of there , yesterday ( Thur. ) was the first time we could leave the house since Mon. night ,had to go to Wendys was tired of my own cooking, whoops ,I set off the house alarm wed. morning when I opened the front door to take snow pictures got a call from ADT in a hurry . I’ll be much more careful in the future . Have a Blessed weekend!

  17. Rosemary
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Hello Linda and Team! I wish you all a safe and relaxing weekend filled with all of your favorite activities!

  18. Dennis
      · January 31st, 2014 at 1:58 pm · Link

    Hope Jenny feels better! Keep on writing Linda! I went back and was able to start reading the McKetrick books! Love it!! thx

  19. theresa
      · January 31st, 2014 at 2:03 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, Love your blogs! A new reader of your books! I see Dennis mentioned the McKetrick books??? Can you tell us new readers what that is?? Can I buy them?? thank You

    • linda
        · January 31st, 2014 at 2:14 pm · Link

      There were LOTS of McKettrick books, several series’ worth. All are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Welcome to the outfit!

  20. Ruby Norwood
      · January 31st, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Link

    Congrats to Barbara and Patrice!! I hope your mom and favorite brother have a wonderful birthday.Linda our animals are like children , We have to let them know who the boss is..hope Jenny feels better. Have a good and safe weekend.

  21. Mary Clayton
      · January 31st, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Link

    I love all your books. Happy Birthday Mrs. Lael and Jerry. Hope you all have a blessed one.

  22. Diana E.
      · January 31st, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your mom and brother. And congratulations to this weeks lucky winners. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Linda. Blessings.

  23. Rita
      · January 31st, 2014 at 2:58 pm · Link

    HI Linda, I am new , just discovered your blog and that makes me happy, I think you and I are some way kindred spirits, at least your interest and what you say really line up with my thinking. Extending Good wishes to your Mom, Mine has been gone a while , and I so miss her, there is a special bond between mothers and Daughters, that other relationships can’t match, I am looking forward to seeing what you have to say each day. ( I met you at Library a while back and have become an even bigger fan since then). I am off to take my Min Pin snowshoeing now, Will check back tomorrow.

  24. Carletta Culp
      · January 31st, 2014 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Linda, and here I thought my little Lhasa (named Pookie???) was the only dog (kid) who never barks when she wants something, like going outside, to eat, wants treats or to be let off the bed (she just stands up on the bed and lurches until I awake). She is so good. I love your books and in reading your blog, know why you write such good stories. Thank you so much.

  25. Sherry Wallace
      · January 31st, 2014 at 3:37 pm · Link

    So y’all still have snow! It missed us here in north MS, but was snowg on the beaches – amazeg! Glad to hear you mention your horses. My Paso Fino, Maria Rosa, is as fluffy as a polar bear in this cold winter! Do any of your horses get ridden? That song sounds wonderful – gonna check it out :)
    Have a wonderful weekend & a happy Bday to your mom & brother!

  26. Diane Shea
      · January 31st, 2014 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Sure would like to win the stones you select. Diane

  27. Virginia Horton
      · January 31st, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your mom and brother!!! We still have some snow on the ground right now but it has warmed up here some. Give it time and we will be right back to the snow and cold again. Our weather has jumped around a lot this year.

  28. Karen Moore
      · January 31st, 2014 at 4:02 pm · Link

    It is a great day to be alive. I will listen to your suggestion. I am also partial to our furry friends. I have a female Pug and a male Boston. What joy they bring. Have a Blessed weekend.

  29. Marylou Noga
      · January 31st, 2014 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Linda, I have to say I love reading all our books. Your interest in rocks has gotten me intrigued and I got one book on my kindle about them. But, on the Kindle, it to hard to flip back and forth in the pages, so this weekend, I’m off to Barnes and Noble to check out a hardcover book to explain the rocks. My daughter is very interested and uses rocks daily, so I have some catching up to do. Thank you for your books and your blog.

    Marylou Noga

  30. Pam Brewer
      · January 31st, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I love how dogs can “talk” to us. My parent’s dog talks to my sister all the time. And it’s funny how my sister knows what she is saying. My Sadie uses different sounds to get my attention. She has mastered the ‘I need to go out’ sound very well, along with the one telling me she wants to go to bed. What would we do without our beloved fur-friends?

  31. Jessica W.
      · January 31st, 2014 at 5:16 pm · Link

    My little dog is 15! She is a shitzu. I dread the fast approaching day when we have to put her to sleep or she passes away.

    On to more happier thoughts, I love your writing and have all your books. All I’m missing is an autographed one *hint, hint* lol I’ll try to comment everyday and increase my chances. Best wishes!!

  32. Debbie C
      · January 31st, 2014 at 5:26 pm · Link

    Have a blessed weekend!!

    • Jessica W.
        · January 31st, 2014 at 5:29 pm · Link

      You too Debbie :)
      I just went to the library and picked up Nicholas Sparks “The Longest Ride”. I’m sure that’s what my weekend entails :)

  33. Norma Stanforth
      · January 31st, 2014 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Congratulation to Barbara and Patrice. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR MOM AND YOUR BROTHER. Sounds like great gifts. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
    As always your friend,

  34. Sherry Marks
      · January 31st, 2014 at 7:13 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your mom and brother:) I so love your books, I could read them over and over. Have a blessed weekend and stay warm.

  35. ,carole
      · January 31st, 2014 at 7:16 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! Happy birthday to your mom and brother! Have a wonderful weekend!

  36. Marlene Kubick
      · January 31st, 2014 at 7:34 pm · Link

    I agree with your comments about “obeying your pet”. I had 2 cats that would occasionally obey me. Then, Molly (the cat from hell) moved in. She showed up and got in the garage and wouldn’t leave. I finally gave in and took her to the Vet. She was pronounced healthy and I brought her home. I kept her in one of my bathrooms for a couple of days and let the others get used to her. When I finally let her out she looked around and seemed to say “don’t worry guys I’ve got it all under control”. And, she did and she does. She gently reminds me if any of the bowls are empty of food and water by knocking everything off the counters and tables. She lets me know when to log-off the computer and go to bed by jumping on the laptop and often turning it off. They do seem to become the “Boss”. :roll:

  37. Sue Gulley
      · January 31st, 2014 at 8:34 pm · Link


  38. Patricia Taylor
      · January 31st, 2014 at 9:13 pm · Link

    I have a 10 year old yorkie that does the same thing. She just stares at me to let me know she wants out. My husband doesn’t read “dog language” at all and wonders how I know she wants out.

  39. Margaret
      · January 31st, 2014 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Dogs do not need to be able to talk its all in the body language. I raise Golden Retreivers and Golden Doodles and we do not need to use words to get things accomplished–its amazing. I live close to you Linda if you ever need another mouth to feed! Have a wonderful weekend.

  40. juanita rice
      · February 1st, 2014 at 2:06 am · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! :)

  41. Laura Van Guilder
      · February 1st, 2014 at 12:51 pm · Link

    I will have to listen to that music. It sounds good.
    I get to go to my niece, Diane’s, birthday party this afternoon. She lost her baby in Dec. so we are trying to keep an eye on her to be sure she is OK. She does have a good church family besides her regular family, but it is always good to keep in touch.I enjoy your emails and books.
    God Bless you.

  42. Lea Williams
      · February 1st, 2014 at 1:48 pm · Link

    We have a beagle/lab cross that does that. If that doesn’t work she pokes you with her nose. She is old and we are pretty well trained. Happy Day to your mom and brother. Have a wonderful weekend.

  43. Ida C
      · February 1st, 2014 at 8:18 pm · Link

    Love to hear from you. Happy Birthday to your mom and brother. Isn’t it amazing how animals can control us. When we babysit the grandkids and dog, she (the dog) will come and sit in front of me to let her outside. One nite I told her she really didn’t need to go out as she’d just come in, so she went and sat in front of my husband and stared at him until he got up & let her out! But they do keep you company. Have a good weekend – from snowy Ontario! Keep warm.

  44. Jayne J.
      · February 2nd, 2014 at 12:34 pm · Link

    I agree with you about Sherry Muchira CD. It is so awesome. I too am buying it. Brian has been doing a great job this whole month of Jan. The more I listen to him the more I want to hear. I have been telling everyone I know about DAB and Brian Hardin. I wished I was in better health to go to the woman’s retreat in April. It sounds like a good time.
    I hope Jenni feels better soon. Have a great week. Keep thinking wonderful thoughts and writing GREAT books!

  45. Marilyn Fish
      · February 2nd, 2014 at 3:05 pm · Link

    We have a golden retriever named Buddy. He stares at me at the same times each day to let him out to the yard. We rescued him 6 years ago. He is a lucky dog and so are we.

  46. Kelley Morrow
      · February 2nd, 2014 at 11:06 pm · Link

    Happy celebrating! We are getting snow here today and our German Sheppard Loves it My kiddos to, cats and chickens not so much! I can’t wait for your next book to come out! I’m rereading past faves to hold me over! Have a blessed weekend!

  47. Donna Lohrer
      · February 3rd, 2014 at 10:53 am · Link

    Linda, thank you so much for inspiring me everyday. I so enjoy reading your blog. I to am into gems. They really do help. Have a wonderful week. Donna

  48. Laura Davidson
      · February 3rd, 2014 at 4:30 pm · Link

    I LOVE your books!! I picked up “Big Sky Mountain” and read it in one sitting!! Then followed “Big Sky River” and “Big Sky Country”. (I know, I read them out of order, but they are so well written, it didn’t matter!). :) LOVE LOVE LOVE Slade, Hutch and Boone!!

    I’m now reading “Big Sky Summer”. Thanks for the great books!! Are there going to be any more on the Parable, Montana boys?


  49. Jennifer H
      · February 4th, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Hi years ago I had gotten a recipe out of one of your books got an everyday cake and I’ve loved that recipe do you remember what book that was from?

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