#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Happy Birthday, Wendy Diane

February 6, 19– was the greatest day of my life, because daughter Wendy was born.  She came into the world squawling and a touch on the blue side, in a hospital in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and she’s been the best thing that ever happened to me, people-wise, since that day.  She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s funny, and, best of all, she has a good, compassionate heart.   I do believe she’s even fonder of animals than I am–of course, some of the credit for that goes to her father, my ex.  Animals are just nuts about that man, as are small children.  We’ve been divorced for so long–happily, on both sides–that we’re both over the anger and bitterness; he’s proud of my career and I’m delighted that he’s remarried to a lady I like very much–but I digress.  I seldom mention Rick, but it seems appropriate on the day our little girl celebrates a birthday, so there you go. 

Wendy (named for Peter Pan’s Wendy) is definitely at the top of my gratitude list, along with numerous other blessings.

On another subject, I’ve chosen a winner for last week’s contest, but she has to be notified before I can post her name, so watch this space.  Jenni will send an email as soon as she gets back from the first of her twice-daily adventures with Bernice.  (These usually consist of hanging out in the barn, trying (without success, thank heaven) to catch mice, and sometimes exploring the stalls, if the horses are out.  Sometimes, though, the Porky Yorkie goes renegade and wants to circle the pasture fence or visit Mary Ann and Larry’s house next door instead of following the usual routine.)

Today is a writing day, as well as Wendy’s birthday.  As of today, I’ll be just three chapters from finishing “Big Sky Wedding.”  To clarify–one comment mentioned confusion, here’s how it goes.  “Big Sky Summer” comes out in June, and “Big Sky Wedding” in September.  After that, there will be one more Parable/Three Trees book, “Big Sky Secrets”, and I’m not exactly sure when that one is being released.  I’ll let you know, though, you can be certain of that.

What’s next, after the Big Sky series?  Three brand new trilogies, set in Wyoming this time, and all about cowboys and their spirited ladies.

Can you believe I get paid for this?  :)

Next week’s contest question: If you could go back in time and meet any person in history, who would it be and why did you choose them?

That’s it for now.  Let’s make God smile today by encouraging someone and/or doing a random act of kindness, be it large or small, and keep the whole thing a secret.

43 comments to “Happy Birthday, Wendy Diane”

  1. Beverly George
      · February 6th, 2013 at 1:20 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your Daughter Wendy!!!!!! June is SO FAR away for me to wait! Can not wait!

  2. Pam Brewer
      · February 6th, 2013 at 1:21 pm · Link

    I have two – Abraham Lincoln, in order to speak with him and ask questions about his take on being president, warts and all. I would also like to meet Princess Diana, taken from us too soon. She had so much adversity in her life, along with privilege, but she managed to give her heart to worthy causes. She used her power for good! Both choices had to wade through some tough times and I would love to see how they are on a personal level.

  3. Betty Hamilton
      · February 6th, 2013 at 1:26 pm · Link

    I think I would like to meet Benjamin Franklin. What a fascinating man he must have been. He was interested in so many diverse subjects. I would probably be a challenge to just hold a conversation with him!

  4. marie
      · February 6th, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Hil Linda, the one person I would love to have met would be Anne Morrow Lindbgerh. What a life, in era we shall never see again. Her father being partners with JP Morgan and her life as an ambassadors dtr. Plus the trials of living with Charles. I have read her diaries and found them fasinating and try to follow the writing of her dtr. Reeve.
    thanks for the updates on the books, clarifies alot. waiting for MY DARLING MELISSA to arrive by mail. love the Corbins.

  5. Hilda
      · February 6th, 2013 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Wendy! How un-surprising that you chose a literary figure for your daughter’s name! I love that!

    As far as who I’d like to meet if I could go back in time – knowing what I know NOW, I’d love to be around in Jesus’ time. Just to listen to Him speak. I’d also love to go back and meet my great-grandparents. My parents and grandparents were amazing people, and I’d love to have known more, further back. Then of course there’s Sam O’Ballivan — oh wait, I guess that won’t be possible. :roll:

  6. Emily
      · February 6th, 2013 at 2:07 pm · Link

    First of all, Happy Birthday to Wendy. Hope it is a great day for her and all of the family! :-D

    There are so many that I would like to meet and talk to, but since I have to pick one or two, that would be Roy Rogers/Dale Evans (loved her book Angel Unaware). I would also like to go back in history to the time of the Pharoahs of Egypt. The Egyptians were so advanced for that time. Then there are the wonderful composers. See I am having a hard time picking!

    Gotta go before the computer decides to act up again.

    By the way, for our 50th anniversary my husband and I are taking a driving trip through Wyoming and Montana! Can’t wait!

    Hugs to all………………….

    • Emily
        · February 6th, 2013 at 2:12 pm · Link

      I can’t wait for your new books!

  7. Sharon S.
      · February 6th, 2013 at 2:09 pm · Link

    I collect Peter Pan “Stuff” and it has always been my favorite story. I had a cat named Peter Pan. We had a dog named Tinkerbell and my brother’s cat was Wendy. All true. The first thing we did when I had my niece & nephew in the car was to turn on a CD I had to “You Can Fly” and off we’d go.

    I think I would like to meet Bob Hope. He tirelessly entertained the troops, was what I thought of as a great American, even though he was born in England) and he always made me feel good. I work at a hospital named for a great president and we are located on Bob Hope Drive. I have a cartood on my wall of Bob hope at the Pearly Gates and he’s met by the head-angel who says “Welcome Mr. Hope, the troops are waiting for you” and in the background on the other side of the gate are hundreds of troops. Brings a tear to my eye writing about it.

    Yep, Bob Hope it is. Thank you for asking.

  8. Betsy B.
      · February 6th, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your daughter-kids are just the greatest as adults, aren’t they?

    Going back in history, I would like to meet Thomas Jefferson and my ancestor Robert Cushman as he helped the Pilgrims organize their trip to the New World. That must have been fascinating!

  9. Betty Horton
      · February 6th, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Corrie Ten Bomb, the writer of “The Hiding Place”
    she lived thru the Holocaust, her faith remained strong. I would love to ask her how she stood so strong in the face of all the treats and heart ache that surround her.

    • Hilda
        · February 6th, 2013 at 3:44 pm · Link

      Hi, Betty. Corrie ten Boom was my mother’s inspiration too. Mom had Ms. ten Boom’s book in Dutch, so I couldn’t read it. I should buy it in English, I guess. Having lived through WWII in Holland, my mother’s family suffered at the hands of the Nazis. My Dad was in a work camp in Germany, and his twin brother went to a concentration camp because he tried to escape a work camp. My Dad told us the way they stayed sane was they told themselves, “Next WEEK, the war will be over.” Ms. ten Boom went around the world explaining how God got her through it. It’s amazing, we are so spoiled now, to think of the fear, violence, deprivation and starvation of war being a “normal, every-day occurrence” for years! Good choice, I wish I’d thought of her too!

  10. Cynthia
      · February 6th, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Happy happy birthday, Wendy!! We’ve shared many birthday parties way way back when. I hope all is well in your life. I would love to get back in touch with you!
    And hello, Linda! So great to “catch up” with you through your blogs.
    Much love,
    Cynthia (Vick)

  11. Char Slattery
      · February 6th, 2013 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your daughter Wendy.
    I love the way you include your readers in the important events of your life; then encourage them to share their thoughts with you.
    Also, I agree with Emily June is a long wait, but your books are always worth the wait I guess.
    Char :-P

  12. Linda Hubalek
      · February 6th, 2013 at 2:50 pm · Link

    I’d like to spend the day with one of my great great great ancestors just to see what their day was like.

  13. Crystal
      · February 6th, 2013 at 3:00 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Wendy!!! As you are blessed with a wonderful daughter, she also has an awesome mother. I can’t wait for the 2 other Big Sky Books, but im also interested in the next series and I am glad to hear there is already one in the works. I am so excited i have questions already! Will the time be set in the present or back in the 1800’s?? Can’t wait to hear back on that one!!!

    The person I would have LOVED to meet is the one and only Rosa Parks. For a woman to finally stand up and say “this is wrong and u can”t have my seat is just awesome”. can you imagine being scared yet still defending what you believe. We need more of that these days, yet we let the world distinguish what it believes and we just live with it instead of standing up. We need to all reflect Rosa Parks Boldness and Strength and fight for our rights and beliefs!

  14. Sherry Wallace
      · February 6th, 2013 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Wendy, & by the way, when will she be getting married? Haven’t heard any more about those plans since last year. I’ll have to think about who I would like to meet from yesteryear – so many come to mind! Looking forward to many more cowboy stories :)

  15. Ashley
      · February 6th, 2013 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! A child is such a blessing.
    If i could back in time and meet anyone, it would be Laura Ingalls Wilder. I find the journey that she made as a child to be extraoridinary and love that she made a series of her life. She seemed to be a very sweet, fun, hardworking, brave child/women and love the glimpse of the west that she granted to all of us.

  16. Norma Stanforth
      · February 6th, 2013 at 3:35 pm · Link


    If i could go back in time, in history it would be Abraham Lincoln, he was called honest Abe, he was a very honest man. That is the person i would love to meet. God bless you .
    Norma Stanforth

    • Norma Stanforth
        · February 6th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

      I am sorry i meant to also say that he was our 16th President of the United State, from March 1861 until he was assassination in April 1865. Sorry about that.
      Norma Stanforth

  17. Veda Funk
      · February 6th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I would like to go back in time and meet and talk with Anne Frank and Mr. Schindler. Then I would like to talk to the people that helped both of those people.
    Happy Birthday to your daughter Wendy.
    Can’t wait for your next books to come out. I love them. Thank you for writing them for all of us. You give me a lot of pleasure.

  18. Jessie Williams
      · February 6th, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Dearest Linda,
    I’m so happy for you! I know what a blessing children can be. Congrats on your future books, I look forward to reading the tales.
    As for your question, I love it! And I know my answer.
    When I was a little girl I had a great grandfather we called Pop. He was the foundation of our family and I miss him terribly today. He use to tell my mother how he wished someone in the family would name their son Samuel, after his father. There was only two boys born in my “generation” neither being named Sam.
    So when I had my little boy, Pop had been gone for some time, I knew for certain who he was. Thus, Samuel Isral Williams was born. Named for my Pop’s dad and my husband’s father.
    To answer your question, I wish I could go back and meet this Samuel W. Parks the original. Tell him all about his family and maybe show him a picture of little Sam :)

  19. Becky Johnson
      · February 6th, 2013 at 5:20 pm · Link

    I never knew either of my grandmothers as 1 passed away before I was born and the other passed before I was old enough to remember her at all. So, I would love to go back and meet them. I have 6 grandchildren and 1 on the way that I try to spend time with as often as possible. I try to add to their lives in a positive way by letting them know how special they are to me, how much I believe in them and how much I love them. I believe having a grandmother could have been the positive influence to give me a positive self-image that I lacked growing up.

  20. Kathleen McCluskey
      · February 6th, 2013 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Whatever happened to the idea of making the Creed and McKettrick family trees to the size that would made them readable when they are copied?

  21. Donna Montgomery
      · February 6th, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Wendy first of all. I have two daughters and one son lustre four wonderful grands so I completely understand the love you have for Wendy and how blessed you are to have her in your life. Now for your history question …

    I love western history, especially the cowboy. I love how they can be so rugged and rough one minute then turn all soft and tender when dealing with their women and children (and animals, especially their horses). I became a western fan watching John Wayne movies and I would love to meet him. Ihav

    • Donna Montgomery
        · February 6th, 2013 at 5:41 pm · Link

      Sorry…I hit the button to soon.

      As I was saying I have seen his movies over and over and he loved making westerns and he was a natural at it. I guess you could say he’s my modern day hero.

      I love your books Linda and can’t wait for the next Parable story.

      God Bless you,

  22. Lori
      · February 6th, 2013 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Wendy! I know how special daughters are! I can’t wait fir the next books in the Big Sky series!!

  23. Diane M
      · February 6th, 2013 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Happy birthday Wendy. Daughters are wonderful.

    As for who I would like to meet, I think Martha Washington. It would be an honor to meet and talk to the first First Lady.

  24. Lois Rotella
      · February 6th, 2013 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Wendy may you have a great day and a wonderful year. As for the question I would love to meet my father family as they were deceased by the time I was born. They came from Italy and I would love to hear about life there when they lived there. As for a person in history I would love to have meet The founding fathers of this country. They were very brave to begin to establish a new nation like they did. :lol:

  25. robin h
      · February 6th, 2013 at 7:45 pm · Link

    thank you for always making me feel great, both with your books and your posts. I would like to meet elizabeth barrett browning. beautiful works!

  26. Kathleen O
      · February 6th, 2013 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Wendy. She shares her birthday with a little gal I watched grow up who was also born today. Steph is the daughter of a good friend and i am an honorary Aunt to her… Hope both the birthday girls have had a great birthday.

    Can’t wait for all the great books that are coming are way from one of my fav writers…Going to be a great year of reading.

  27. Billiesue Sanders
      · February 6th, 2013 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I would like to meet my grandmother, Rachel Jane Hughes, who passed away 19 years before I was born. I would love to hear about her daily life, how she celebrated Christmas, and where she went to church. I would also love to have a recipe of hers. She was born during the Civil War, and I often wonder what her life was like.
    Thanks for asking.
    Happy Birthday to Wendy!

    Billiesue Sanders

  28. Wendy McKinnis
      · February 6th, 2013 at 9:21 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Wendy Diane. Many blessings. :lol:

  29. Gloria
      · February 6th, 2013 at 10:11 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday, Wendy! May you have many more to come.

    If I could go back in time, I think I’d like to see my great grandfather, again, on my mama’s mama’s side. He was still alive when I was a little girl and I remember him and I think, his second wife. I’d like to ask him many questions, but especially about my Native American ancestors.

    I was too young at the time to ask questions about our family. I probably thought that what I saw was what I had.

    • Gloria
        · February 6th, 2013 at 10:13 pm · Link

      PS I also had a great, great uncle who died the day President Kennedy was shot. I guess the shock was too much for him, because he had a heart attack when the news broke and he was watching it on TV.

  30. patricia helms
      · February 7th, 2013 at 6:11 am · Link

    i would love to meet both of my grandfathers that died before i was born. one of them was a horse trader, the other one used his work horses to grade roads,plow and todo logging. i feel i missed alot not knowing them.

  31. Rebecca aka Becky Hicks
      · February 7th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Only one choice? Are you kidding? First, no other choice, Christ. To be able to look into his eyes, feel his touch, is beyond the need of explanation. Also, I’m a history/lit person who believes that some people have had a direct influence on our world and the struggle between good and evil. And, yes, I do believe in the existence of both. A few choices: Washington, Lincoln, Churchill, Einstein, Florence Nightengale. And, Shakespeare (I’m a traditionalist), Jane Austen, C.S.Lewis, Aldous Huxley, William Golding. History and literature go hand-in-hand. What were their thoughts, problems, doubts, fears, guilts? We all have them. How they coped and found their courage could help all of us do the same, especially because I believe that everything happens for a reason and that God “usually” knows what he’s doing! (He also has a sense of humor; how could He not?) He allows His children to go their own way and uses our wise choices, mistakes, and yes, even the horrors, to teach the world and to further His plan. All of these people (and so many more, even you and me) contribute to that plan. (To those who think I’ve only experienced the positives of life, NOT. That’s where my beliefs come from.) I would love to have a conversation with all these people and more. Their guidance would be beyond value.

  32. Joyce L. Roddy
      · February 7th, 2013 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to your daughter. I have two daughters and three granddaughters so I know your love of a daugher. There are 2 pople that I would like to be able to visit and talk with and that would be Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee. I have genealogy stories that lead me to Robert E. Lee. I think Thomas Jefferson would be interesting to talk with too. I was doing my daily Bible reading yesterday and came across the name Lael and it was spelled like your name. Is this a family name or just your middle name. Two of my granddaughters have middle names that are old family names, one being Morgan and the other Reed. I am currently reading Big Sky River and I have loved this series.

  33. Sandra S
      · February 7th, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Hope Wendy had a great birthday.

    I would love to be able to meet the aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Her trailblazing spirit has always fascinated me and I’ve always wondered what happened to her.

    Yay! Yippee! Wyoming! So glad you are going to do some series set in this wonderful state. Salt of the earth, hardworking, friendly people and diverse, beautiful, wild spaces are what I’ve found there. I’m from the South, but I love Wyoming.

  34. Rachel
      · February 7th, 2013 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Wendy!! :lol:

    I would have loved to meet Edgar Allen Poe – I’ve read all his stories and poems and have always enjoyed them, gaining a little insight into the troubled mind of the man who wrote them.

    Also, Marilyn Monroe… I would have liked to meet the woman, not the sex symbol her managers/agents and everyone else portrayed her as.

    I can’t wait for the next Parable books, Linda! Holding my breath!!

    :-o ,

  35. Jini Teynor
      · February 8th, 2013 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter, Wendy!
    I cannot wait for your new books to come out. I’ve been online trying to get some of the ones that I’ve not got already. Whew, it’s tough to track some of them down! Alot aren’t in print anymore. But, I’ll wait and hopefully they will be again.

    If I could go back in time and meet anyone ….well, I’ve already met him. My son, Jason Anthony Teynor III who I lost 6 yrs and 10 mths ago in a tractor rollover at the age of 13 yrs on March 25, 2006.
    Why? Because I didn’t get to spend enough time with him! I would have taken a break from house-hold chores and supper and rearing five children and just savored the time with him and his siblings. When I look back on it now, I was so busy, busy, busy, just trying to make ends meet as a single Mom. A lesson hard learned after his death. He is my 2nd to the youngest out of five children, three older girls, and one son younger than him.

    It pains me to say that after I lost him, I finally did slow down, because that time is never guaranteed. I took the time to spend with my other four children and then with my grandchildren when they were born. Jason’s death brought me sooo much more closer to my other children.
    I know he’s not famous, but I was taught a valuable lesson, slow down and cherish your children. They are Only on Loan to You From God and Can Be Taken Away From You at Any Time.

    God Bless Everyone,
    May My Angel Watch Over You and Yours,

    • Gloria
        · February 12th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

      Oh Jini, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve lost a son, also, and I know how you feel.

      I’ve tried to figure out if the hurt is less, or more, the longer you had your child with you, and I don’t think their age matters at all…the pain from losing a child is the worst pain you’ll ever feel, and it never ends.

      I’m not trying to make you even sadder, but just to let you know it is OK to hurt, even years later, when people are telling you to move on.

  36. Rosemary
      · February 12th, 2013 at 3:06 pm · Link

    I would make a point to meet my great-great-great paternal and maternal grandparents for myself. I would like to hear first-hand about their dreams, ambitions, and goals and share the visions they had of life and expectations of a family legacy. I would like to impart some modern insight into their vision to ensure that they understand that generational blessings, sins, and ambitions have a real and lasting impact on families. I would want them to know that as a modern day family – we appreciate the foundation that we inherited from them – strength, hardworking, and determined characters. Ancestral blood is valuable and powerful however, I’m not certain that I see a vision for a generational plan or maybe it was lost through the years and I’m only now accumulated the wisdom to start searching for the goal. Maybe mere survival was the goal and I’m living proof of the success!

  37. Pam (nedlnut)
      · February 12th, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Happy Belated Birthday to Wendy. I’m not sure if this counts as “history” but I would like to go back to meet my Grandmother. She died many years before I was born. My Father (who died in 1992) told me I got my “love of the needle” from her. I taught myself to sew before I was 10. Needlework (mostly counted thread) is my passion. He said she could knit, crochet, sew, tat (the one thing I haven’t tried) – if it involved a needle of any kind she could do it. I have a tatted cap she made for my Father and a tatted table runner. He said she also loved to cook and loved animals as I do. Oh, to sit by her side and have her instruct me in her fine arts. I pray our day will come…

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