#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

OK. I’m pretty sure I’m back for real this time….

This blog entry will probably be something of a hodgepodge, so I hope you’ll bear with me.  So much has happened over the last few weeks, and I must admit, I’m still reeling a little. 

Last week’s prize winners are Linda Lattin and Shirley Meyle.  My sincerest congratulations to both of you. 

Since this is Monday, a new contest begins today.  All you need to do is comment, as usual.

My last blog was supposed to have photographs in it–one of Aunt Billie, riding a horse at 94, and one of my late kitty, ChaCha, who died very suddenly, only one day after Billie’s passing.  I will try to repost them later, when things settle down a bit.  In any case, that entry must have seemed odd, since not only the pictures were missing, but some of the text. 

Yesterday, a bunch of us went up to Northport to attend the aunt’s memorial service, celebrate her life and mourn her death; as you can imagine, there were plenty of stories and, of course, plenty of tears as well, but there were smiles, too, even a few ripples of laughter.  The Grange Hall was decorated Western style, since Billie was a cowgirl’s cowgirl, and the music was country.  Her hat and well-worn saddle were on display, along with some of her handmade quilts, and there were tons of pictures.  The place was literally packed, with standing room only–and these were just the people who could make the trip.  Every person there could have told at least one story about this good woman, about her kindness and generosity, her strength in the face of adversities that would have finished off a lesser soul, her incredible capacity for hard work.  She fed hungry folks from her legendary garden, raised her own children and numerous others, and there was always room at Billie’s table–and in her heart–for one more.  She made the best fried chicken and gravy ever to come out of an iron skillet, and don’t get me started on her pies and homemade doughnuts.  She was a first-class barrel-racer in her day, and she’d probably forgotten more about horses than the rest of us will ever know.  Over the long span of her life, Billie Wiley pulled green-chain in a sawmill, served as a lunch-lady in the school cafeteria, and drove the school bus.  She herded cattle, milked cows, and sewed beautiful Western shirts, equipped with a tape measure, patterns she’d drawn on newspaper, and an old treadle sewing machine.  I can tell you in all truth that they just don’t make them like her anymore.

She will be sorely missed.

When it rains, it pours, as the old saying goes.  A very dear friend entered hospice today, and he won’t be with us long.  He did manage to make his fiftieth birthday on June 2, and we celebrated with cake and cards, presents and banners galore.  He put on a brave face throughout, but it’s hard to see this once-strong man reduced to skin and bones and using a walker.

I’m sorry there’s been so much talk about death on this blog–when there’s been a blog at all–but there it is.  We ride the same trails,  and sometimes those trails are rough and rocky.

Thank you for all your prayers, your kind words, and your patience with this old now-you-see-her-now-you-don’t blogging cowgirl.  You’ll never know how grateful I truly am for each and every one of you.

And there are things to be happy about–for instance, today is my handsome nephew Jerome’s birthday.  Have a happy one, big guy, and know that your Aunt Lindy is proud of you.  Our newest family member, Gibson, is hanging in there like the champ he is, peonies are popping out all over the place, and love sustains us all.  Not only that, but tomorrow is my birthday–I’ll leave you to guess which one.  :)

Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be back here tomorrow.   


81 comments to “OK. I’m pretty sure I’m back for real this time….”

  1. Gloria
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Linda Lattin and Shirley Meyle on your win.

    Happy early Birthday, Linda!!! I pray you have many more.

    Today is the 7th anniversary of my Mama’s death and we lost a class mate today, also. She was one of the 3 who prayed and requested prayer from a lot of others we went to school with for my son before he died. She was a good person and will be missed.

    I’m glad to see you back on the Blog.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · June 9th, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Link

      Gloria, i know that you will always remember your mama’s death and my heart goes out to you,You will always remember your son’s death also. That is always something that we will always do is to remember our love ones.
      I am so sorry that you lost one of your dearest classmate.
      Blessings to you.
      Love in Christ Jesus.

  2. Janet Finlayson
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:16 pm · Link

    As the saying goes, It’s the circle of Life. The end of some trails and the beginning of others, sad as it is. Living until the age of 94 is a feat unto it’s self, and shows what a strong woman Aunt Billie was, may she rest in peace.
    Happy Happy to you, Dear Linda. We won’t talk about numbers because I have decided that while I want to quit counting my own, I still want to keep having them, lol.
    Hoping you have a wonderful Birthday, let the sun shine and the sky be blue and your flowers continue to bring you joy.

  3. Gwenda Underwood
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Phil 4:13 states ” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, I am claiming this in your name”!!

    • linda
        · June 10th, 2014 at 11:48 am · Link

      Thank you! That verse is a favorite.

  4. Renae Kinsey
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Billie Wiley sure sounded like a joy to know!
    They sure don’t make them like they used to.
    I have an Aunt Billie; formally known as Willie Lee but she changed her name. I am very sorry for your tremendous loss, and for the loss of your beloved pet too! So many times in life we get pulled in different directions and we can be very busy….I’ve been meaning to respond to your blogs lately and I really miss your infectious chuckle! Hope to see you and the girls soon!!

  5. Linda Romine
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:16 pm · Link

    I am sorry for all the sadness you have to deal with. But, ‘Happy Birthday’ from Arkansas!!!

  6. Pamela Devereux
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    As I was reading all the wonderful things you were writing about Aunt Billie, I can see why she was part of so many of your books. No they don’t make them like her anymore, but you remind us all the time that they do exist. Sorry to hear about your friend who is in hospice care. As for the new addition to the family, glad to hear that he is thriving.

    Happy Birthday a day early!!! My the sunshine wake you in the morning, spend some time meditating and enjoy the day with family & friends.

    Love & prayers coming your way.

  7. LaurA Pinciotto
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Sorry for you sad news.

  8. Wendy Mathews
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:28 pm · Link

    I’m sorry things have been so rough for you lately. I pray that your wonderful memories of your aunt, and your kitty too, will help to ease your grief. On a happier note, I just finished reading “The Marriage Pact”, and I’m anxiously awaiting the second installment! You’re stories are the best, and I thank you for the countless hours of joy they’ve brought to me.

  9. Dennis
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:32 pm · Link

    you better be back tomorrow!! love ur books & Blogs Miss Linda!

  10. Gwyn Beams
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Sorry for loss,your aunt sounds like a real whipper snapper as my grandma used to say.i would be willing she is watching from heaven riding her horse with your cat riding in front.Your day of sunshine will arrive,take care and bless you. :)

  11. Marilyn Fish
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:45 pm · Link

    That was a nice tribute to your Aunt Billie in your blog. I would have liked to have known her.
    I am sending warm birthday wishes to you from Reno, NV.

  12. Marilyn Hurst
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:45 pm · Link

    Keep your thoughts as happy as you can, remember the great times with friends and believe that you will see each other again in the summer lands!

    Take care.

  13. Hilda
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:50 pm · Link


    Life does go on and I hope you can glean some joy from all the sorrows and cares. May the Lord bless you and give you Peace! And of course, many more birthdays!!!

  14. Eileen Kolick
      · June 9th, 2014 at 5:52 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear of your friends troubles. I know you will miss your Aunt Billy but God allowed her a long productive life Happy Birthday no matter the number it’s your state of mind and the age of your inner child! May God send abundant blessings to you in this next year of your life!

  15. Deborah Nelson
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:02 pm · Link

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Take care.

  16. judy
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:04 pm · Link

    May the lord be with you. You have though a lot these last weeks.
    Have a very Happy birthday.

  17. Mary Goodman
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:14 pm · Link

    I’m glad your back .enjoying you new book.Have a great week peace be with you.

  18. Leanna
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Things will get better. I loved the Marriage Pact and posted a review on amazon.

  19. Jayne J
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:23 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Linda. May all your dreams and wishes come

    I’m very sorry about all your losses this year. But think of the happy times going on in Heaven. They surely are the lucky ones to be there with God and Jesus!

  20. Shirley W.
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Linda. I hope it will be a grand one. You and yours are in my prayers as always. Sounds like Aunt Billie had a grand life. I know you will miss her, but you know she is in a better place with our Lord. Hang in there and keep up the blogs. They are very interesting. Sending my love your way.

  21. Laska Bull
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday!!! Linda….My heart goes out to you.

    ~Laska Bull

  22. Virginia Dodds
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:30 pm · Link

    “The Good Lord Willing and the Creek don’t Rise”, is a saying that originated in the days when the Creek Indians were looking for revenge. I used to think it meant that the water would get too high for crossing the creek, not realizing it referred to Native Americans.

    • linda
        · June 10th, 2014 at 11:51 am · Link

      Wow! I didn’t know that, either. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Patricia Taylor
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Well, happy birthday! I know the feeling oh so well of losing loved ones. Not too many of my family are left.

  24. Linda Wilson
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:32 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to you and your nephew. I know you are 16 yrs old right?? I got hip surgery last year and knee this year and I feel 20 yrs younger or more. You are only as old as you feel the old expression goes. My heart goes out to you and your family. Just read your lastest book and it is GREAT. I love all your books and have read every one threw the years.

  25. Lois Rotella
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:39 pm · Link

    Oh Linda you have had a hard week. Losing your Aunt Billy and your cat Cha Cha. Now your friend is going through a rough time. I hope things will look up or your friends, family and yourself.

    I want to wish you a Happy Birthday !! Hoping this will be a very happy Day for you !! <3

  26. Terri Shortell
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:40 pm · Link

    We understand your hit and miss blogging right now. Sympathies for your and and friend. Glad to hear about all the good news. I’m sending all my positive energy your way. Take care Linda and God bless.

  27. Cecelia Kelsey
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:43 pm · Link

    My Grandpa used to always say that “If the Good Lord is willing and the Creek don’t rise”! Sorry about all the sadness in your life but there is a season as the bible tells us. Prayers for you and all your love ones.

  28. Dorothy
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I can certainly feel your pain. My husband is in rehab for a silent heart attack. He also has (what I will call) the mid-stages of Alsheimers. He knows he can’t remember things but wonders if it will go away. We will find out Wednesday if he is able to come home. I’m not sure I am ready for that.

  29. Pat
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I wish I had known your Aunt Billie. She sounds like a one of kind lady that anyone would be proud to know.

  30. Dorothy
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:47 pm · Link

    And I forgot to add, have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

  31. Evelyn Dinunzio
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:58 pm · Link


    So sorry for your loss. Reading your blog brought back lovely memories of some of the stories my mom told about her life and she also did some of the same things your aunt did and raised 10 kids…all of whom turned out just fine living off the garden and farm animals.

    Hope you have a great day tomorrow. Remember we will always have our memories of the good ole days.

    Evelyn Dinunzio

  32. Diana E.
      · June 9th, 2014 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Sending peace and love your way during all that has been going on in your life the past several weeks. Hopefully your birthday tomorrow will be a wonderful celebration of life.
    I finished The Marraige Pact and will look forward to the rest of the series.

  33. Judy Eagle
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:04 pm · Link

    I have missed you and wondered what hard things you were dealing with. I am enjoying the Marriage Pact.

    Showing my ignorance here, maybe in a future post you can tell what a green chain is. I am sure as you say in a sawmill it must not have been easy.


  34. Tammy
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear of your loss!

  35. Lynn Hogan
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Sweet Lady, you have been through the ringer. You know they say they come in three’s so hang in there. We have dealt with a lot this year already also, and along the same lines, so I won’t load you down, but know that this too shall pass and life will move on and we will enjoy those with us and still miss those gone. We may get a little scatterbrained but we perservere!
    God bless and keep you and your family and friends.

  36. Virginia Horton
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:20 pm · Link

    We have missed you! Sorry for your loss but on the bright side there is a new baby. Wishing you a Happy Birthday tomorrow and many more.

  37. Lynn Hogan
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Oh, and I hope your birthday goes well and has nothing but good all day long!!! :wink: :) 8)

  38. Ruby Norwood
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Congrats to Linda and Shirley!!Linda I sure would loved to have met your aunt Billie she sounded like she was so full of life. I am sorry about your friend also, but one wonderful thing the little one is holding on. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! Tell that handsome nephew Happy Birthday and I hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow.
    God Bless!

  39. Jan Campbell
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:42 pm · Link

    I believe that healing comes with sharing of our grief. Thank you for sharing with us. Praying for you and your family.

  40. Dixie hadley
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:53 pm · Link

    When so many painful life experinces hits us all at once, I have found that it is only when we are firmly perched on the mountain top do we understand the purpose of the valley below.
    Each mountain top is a place to rest and reflect on God’s faithfulness to get us through those difficult times. It’s also a place to be restored and get ready for the next trial. As we look back our faith is strengthened because we know as HE carried us through before He will carry us through again and again.
    I hope you will be surrounded by family,friends and wonderful memories on your birthday.
    God Bless you.
    Dixie Hadley
    PS still praying for little Gibson.

  41. Anita C
      · June 9th, 2014 at 7:57 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful birthday and take the day to catch your breath! Those that go beyond are not really far from us at all. I believe that they are a thought away – when we think of them, there they are, right beside you. Your Aunt Billy sounds like such a wonderful woman – you can be sure she is as busy in her new ‘home’ as she was here, doing all the marvelous things for others that she has always done. Given the company in which she now resides, her family and the world will be better for it. Again, happy birthday and take the time to enjoy your day.

  42. ,carole
      · June 9th, 2014 at 8:16 pm · Link

    sorry for all the sad news that’s been happening to you, your Aunt Billie will be missed but you all have great memories that will never leave you! Have a happy birthday!

  43. Norma Stanforth
      · June 9th, 2014 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Linda, i am so glad that you are back. We sure missed you and sincerely sorry for all the losses you had! I know that God was by your side all the way. You are so dear to us, we missed you so.
    Congratulation to Linda Lattin and Shirley Meyle !
    Glad that you were able to attend your aunt Billie’s memorial to honor her life.
    Blessings to you all and i love you all.
    As always your friend,

    • Norma Stanforth
        · June 9th, 2014 at 8:38 pm · Link

      Linda in case i forget it tomorrow, I will wish you a Happy early Birthday. Hope you have a wonderful day. God’s blessings on your special day and everyday.
      Love you in Christ Jesus,

  44. Delorse Leeper
      · June 9th, 2014 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Peace to your Heart.

  45. Marie Jones
      · June 9th, 2014 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Linda. Lets see……….Are you 21 yet?
    I’m just glad you’re ok. When you don’t check in we worry about you.
    Many prayers still coming your way from this old New York Yankee that now resides in, where else? Spokane!

  46. Paula L Rollins
      · June 9th, 2014 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Take one day at a time….life is what it is….BLESSED..have a great Birthday Tuesday……Enjoy and good health to you. :-P

  47. debbie g
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Miss Linda,

    We all understand about the blogs hither an yon during this special time for you and your loved ones. Little Master Gibson was Iin such a hurry because he had big shoes to fill for Aunt Billie. It seems he was born (from your blogs), shortly before Aunt Billie died to receive the perverbial torch of life to carry life on earth, while Aunt Billie left to carry on in Heaven. As far as the memorial for Aunt Billie goes it is a celebration of life and laughter is allowed in remembering her life and those she touched. You said you had a friend who enter hospice and he celebrate his 50th birthday, was this by chance your old wrangler (you mentioned he was sick in a previous blog). If it is Billie just paved the way for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours and eagerly await the pictures on your blog.

    Debbie G.

  48. Patricia Hann
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:37 pm · Link

    I know it is a tough time for you and your family. Your Aunt sounds like what the greatest generation was made of. I hate to think that so many are leaving us for greener pastures. They would give everything before they would let some one suffer. I loved to hear your aunt’s story. Enjoy your birthday. Your aunt would not want you to be sad. If there are tears let them be happy tears. there is a time for every purpose.

  49. Debra
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:40 pm · Link

    God bless you and your family during this rocky time. May your birthday be blessed!

  50. Janie Kessler
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:41 pm · Link

    My sympathy to you in the deaths of your beloved aunt and your kitty. Your aunt must have been quite a gal, enjoyed reading about her. So sorry about your friend who has entered hospice. We have had lots of deaths and illness here as well. Hard to keep the chin up some days, I also claim Phil 4:13. Oh so glad to read that the little new one is doing well. Just finished reading the Creed triology—Steven, Conner and Brody. Great stories to distract me. Interesting about the Creek not rising saying. Have a blessed birthday.

  51. Lorraine Pitts
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:42 pm · Link

    Girl, your plate is full. You are right, when it rains it pours!!!! You and your loved ones are in my prayers. Take care of one another and take comfort in knowing you are loved worldwide for what you give us fans. Happiness, escape from our troubles while we read your wonderful books and blogs and much more. I pray your birthday is magical!!! Have a lovely day. Xoxo

  52. Rosemary
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    My prayers are with you. Life transitions are difficult and I pray that you have peace that passes understanding.


  53. Marlene Kubick
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:55 pm · Link

    So glad to hear that things are calming down for you. Hopefully, the summer will bring some wonderful times.

  54. Sue Ellis
      · June 9th, 2014 at 9:59 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Linda. Hope things get better for you. I know you will come through this with flying colors because you are a strong woman. Good luck in all you do.
    Thanks for writing such great books. I have enjoyed so many of them and am looking forward to more.
    Good evening from Texas.

  55. Shirley Meyle
      · June 9th, 2014 at 10:36 pm · Link

    So happy to be one of your winners. This has been a very hard time for you with all the sadness but I hope you’ll feel better knowing we all care for you. Have a great birthday.

  56. Rita Crofoot
      · June 9th, 2014 at 10:46 pm · Link

    Wow, Linda, you have been handed a big bump in the road, my heart goes out to you. Aren’t you lucky to have had such a wonderful person as your aunt in your life. I really see the basis for some of your characters in her. Hang in there, your friends love and support you. I am sure things will smooth out some. Rita C

  57. Helen Benson
      · June 9th, 2014 at 11:11 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Linda!! Have a great day of sunshine and blessings.

  58. midge watkins
      · June 9th, 2014 at 11:12 pm · Link

    Glad you’re back, Linda, and if you are in need of a couple
    more mental health days to get your duck herd back in a row,
    I’m sure you’ll find us all here when you get back. Aunt Billie
    sounds like someone I would have been good friends with.
    I’m sorry about your friend in hospice. So young to be leaving.
    Little trouper Gib has a good, strong legacy to be born into, so
    I’m sure God will keep him moving forward. My neighbor just
    planted a peony bush and every time I stop at my gate and look at it, I think of you. Take care and I pray you have many
    blessings in the near future.
    Another Spokanite

  59. Ida C
      · June 9th, 2014 at 11:26 pm · Link

    An early Happy Birthday to you Linda – you have had a rough go this last little while. They do say that what the good Lord takes you to, He will take you through, so perhaps you’re heading out the other side now. Blessings to everyone and here’s hoping the next little while is less rocky!!:)

  60. Kelley Morrow
      · June 10th, 2014 at 12:37 am · Link

    Hope you have some fun and are able to celebrate, Happy Birthday! Bless your heart Linda, I’m praying for peace and healing to come your way! I’m just about to start The Marriage Pact! So excited!! Hope things start getting better for you and yours!

  61. Peggy Casey
      · June 10th, 2014 at 1:55 am · Link

    So sad to hear Billie passed. I grew to love and respect her immensely over the years that she and mom worked together in the school kitchen. The students at Northport didn’t know how lucky they were to be fed all that fantastic homestyle food. We would travel to other schools for sports, etc and would hear other students complaining about their school lunches and none of us could relate because Billie and mom cooked everything from scratch and it was all cooked with love. My thoughts and prayers are with the famiy and all who knew and loved her!

  62. barbara johnson
      · June 10th, 2014 at 6:51 am · Link

    Love all your books. A great escape from life. Thanks. :-P

  63. clare helsley
      · June 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am · Link

    I now realize I sent my condolences for ChaCha and completely missed Aunt Billie .Your remembrances are so touching–What a great lady!!!

    Have a wonderful Birthday, Linda.

  64. Emily
      · June 10th, 2014 at 9:53 am · Link

    A Big Happy Birthday to you Linda.

    Your Aunt Billie must have been some great Lady! How wonderful for you and your family to have had her in your life.

    I know you miss ChaCha, but also know that you will have others that give you comfort.

    Be safe, be well, and know that prayers are always with you.

  65. gloria bare
      · June 10th, 2014 at 9:57 am · Link

    I was sorry to hear about your aunt and your cat. Here is wishing you a happy birthday. Just wanted to let you know I finished The Marriage Pact and I loved it. The town is not Parable but it is close. I can’t wait to meet you in July in Boonsboro. You and Nora are my two favorite authors.

  66. LynneW
      · June 10th, 2014 at 10:27 am · Link

    “tomorrow is my birthday–I’ll leave you to guess which one.”

    29, of course! Hope it’s very happy.

  67. Joyce M.
      · June 10th, 2014 at 11:10 am · Link

    Happy Birthday!

  68. Brenda I.
      · June 10th, 2014 at 11:25 am · Link

    Your Aunt seemed to have a full and beautiful life. She will always be in your heart and her memories will help sustain you and your family. That is good news about Gibson! I hope that he continues to get stronger each day. I hope that you have a real good birthday! Go out to eat and do something special with your family.

  69. Lizzy Gaasenbeek
      · June 10th, 2014 at 11:30 am · Link


    Praying for you all as you endure losing loved ones, pets included and as you welcome new lives into your family. Thanks for your open, honesty in all your writing. Your blog envelopes us into your inner circle, even if but for a time and we are blessed to get to know you better. This open honest sharing is prevalent in your novels too. I love the vulnerability coupled with the strengths of character. The joys and sorrows and realities of life. You make us all want to reach higher, to embrace those in our lives and to dare to dream of something better. I feel inspired to enjoy what it is to be a wife, mother, friend, sister, aunt, grandma and all the other roles I’ve been blessed to bestow. I love caring for my husband and children. I love to cook, bake and garden. I love the traditional roles and responsibilities and I also love when we can do things others limit us in or say isn’t for us to do. Hearing about your Aunt Billie makes me wish she were a part of my life too. Perhaps you can write something about her and her wonderful life and attitude and zest for it. People like her just don’t live long enough even if they die at ripe old ages. The world just loses too much when a gem like her passes on. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your fans undoubtedly are your friends too and care about you. You’ve restored so much to me and reawakened so much of the fire and spirit and essence of who I am, what I can do or be and hope for a better tomorrow. Your stories have reinforced honesty, honor, loyalty, family, trust, the values so long held dear but are so quickly evaporating in our fast-paced, interconnected society. Connected and disconnected at the same time. Life is messy, families are and true life is in the messy bits. Thanks so much Linda and at this time cling to those wonderful memories of yours with a spirit to carry on your aunt’s legacy. Hugs, Just Lizzy

    • Lizzy Gaasenbeek
        · June 10th, 2014 at 11:35 am · Link

      Happy 65th Birthday Linda! A true Milestone! Do something special with your beloveds. :)

  70. Jennifer Damone
      · June 10th, 2014 at 11:54 am · Link

    So sorry for your losses Linda. I pray that good things are on the horizon for you. You are a strong person. Thank you for your books!

  71. Dotty Weis
      · June 10th, 2014 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Boy do I love peonies sure do miss the here in Florida

  72. Terrie
      · June 10th, 2014 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Birthday wishes going out to your nephew Jerome and to yourself.
    I think you have written a wonderful blog today. It was amazing to get an insight of your Aunt Billie.
    Also prayers going out to your friend. I do know what it is like to watch some one go down so fast.

  73. Juanita Rice
      · June 10th, 2014 at 2:18 pm · Link

    RIP, Aunt Billie. she must have been some lady. :)

  74. Patricia Stout
      · June 10th, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Many Prayers coming your way.

  75. Diane Vought
      · June 10th, 2014 at 9:23 pm · Link

    Wishing u a very happy
    birthday & hope you have
    lots of fun celebrating!

  76. Kathy
      · June 11th, 2014 at 2:55 pm · Link

    My heart goes out to you for your losses. I just finished “The Marriage Pact” and loved it. When you described your Aunt, she was someone I wanted to know. That’s how I feel about your books. To me your characters are down home people that will stand by you through thick and thin. People I want to know and be friends with. Congratulations on your WW success and have a very Happy Birthday!

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