#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The daffodils are blooming!

YES!  Blooming daffodils–right in the midst of several consequtive rainy days.  :)  Truly April showers MUST bring May flowers.  Naturally, they need all this moisture, and I’m determined to be philosophical about it.  (After all, being UNphilosophical will do no good at all.)  This is my first year of growing them, so they seem a bit sparse, but I’m told they’ll increase every spring.  When it comes to flowers, I’m greedy!

Mary Ann brought in a huge bouquet on Friday, and what joy they bring me every time I look at them.

The renovations are at a temporary stand-still–our contractor is down with a terrible cold, and none of us want to catch it!  The handles for the bathtub did arrive, though, so when Doug is better, he’ll install the works.

Here’s the thing about renovations–they’re like the neverending story.  I keep thinking of OTHER projects–replace the outside walls, which are made of fiber glass and easy for the birds to peck holes in–don’t get me started on all the corners that were cut when this house was built–shelves and cabinets in the craft room–an old-fashioned front porch–on and on it goes.  Since this adventure may continue for years, I hereby promise not to complain about it.  :) 

I’ve chosen a question, adapted from Hilda’s suggestion, for our next contest.  If you could do one truly impossible thing, what would it be?  We’ll announce our winner on Monday.

I’m writing today, and I’ve been making soap over the weekend.  Since I can only use or give away so much of the stuff, I have decided to donate the overflow to our local battered women’s shelter.  It’s a small thing to do, but I’m hoping that having something pretty and feminine, at such a dark time, will remind these women that there is still beauty in the world, and in them.

Now, back to work!

God bless you and yours, and hold you in the palm of His hand.


35 comments to “The daffodils are blooming!”

  1. Kristie Wilson
      · April 8th, 2013 at 4:04 pm · Link

    What a wonderful idea to give the soap to a women’s shelter! It will bring sweet blessings to some who need them the most.

    I’ve been searching for some good reading material (the next installment of your Big Sky books cannot come quickly enough!) and decided to re-read one of my favorite series, The Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers. I highly recommend these three books! Although pretty lengthy, they made me see Biblical times (first century Rome, Ephesus, and Germania) in a whole new light.

    We finally got some outdoor “renovations” done this weekend. It was the first really nice weekend we’ve had this spring. Can’t wait to do more!

    Have a lovely afternoon and enjoy your daffodils!

    • Hilda
        · April 8th, 2013 at 5:10 pm · Link

      Francine Rivers is a favorite of mine, too!

  2. Billiesue Sanders
      · April 8th, 2013 at 4:20 pm · Link

    If I could do an impossible thing, it would be to spend a day with my paternal grandmother, whom I never met, and ask her to tell me all about her childhood during the Civil War and Reconstruction. (The generations are long in our family–she would have been 85 when I was born.)
    I would like to know what a typical day was like for her–what they ate, what their home was like, how they dressed, did she like to can, etc,.
    Was she aware of politics in the country, did she like to dance, what kind of cakes did she make, on and on. Billiesue Sanders

  3. Jeanne Shaw
      · April 8th, 2013 at 4:25 pm · Link

    I would make the powers that be – world leaders, religious zealots, dictators and criminals really see what their ambitions, greed and fervor do to the people – children, women, elderly… The violence and bullying must end.

  4. Rene Y
      · April 8th, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Link

    If I could do one impossible thing, I think it would be to maintain a positive attitude ALL the time. Its so easy to slip into negativity and it so defeating for you and everyone around you.

  5. Kathleen McCluskey
      · April 8th, 2013 at 4:54 pm · Link

    I will give the answer that all contestants answer when asked:the one impossible thing I would
    want TRUE World Peace.

  6. Crystal
      · April 8th, 2013 at 5:40 pm · Link

    So glad to hear about the blooming. I bet it’s beautiful!! Honestly I Love/Hate to answer this question, but the first thing that came to my mind that I would change is to Stop Abortion. Being able to not conceive and adopting 3 children I wish someone in this world would stand up for our children. They should have a say so yet their voice is always unheard. I believe in putting families back together but a child can only take so much abuse and neglect and shouldn’t have to go through any it. Sorry to go on a rant but being a foster/adoptive parent this is something very dear to my heart. And futhermore insurance will pay for an abortion yet it will not cover infertility to help me become pregnant. I don’t seem bitter Do I?? Sorry its just a sensitive topic that I feel should really be heard. I hope ya’ll each have a wonderful day.

  7. Marie Jones
      · April 8th, 2013 at 5:44 pm · Link

    If I could do one impossible thing it would be to cure my cousin of the esphogeal cancer he was just diagnosed with. He’s 49 and they gave him 6 months to live :( But he’s really more of a brother to me. He was 6 years old when his dad died so his mom (my moms baby sister) and he & his 2 brothers moved in with us. I just wish I could take this terrible disease and beat it to smitherines. My heart is truly breaking. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so hard in my life.

    • Gloria
        · April 8th, 2013 at 10:11 pm · Link

      I’ll pray for your cousin.

      • Crystal
          · April 8th, 2013 at 10:56 pm · Link

        I will be praying! But with GOD all things are possible!! U are just a prayer away from your miracle!!

    • Marie Jones
        · April 9th, 2013 at 9:33 am · Link

      Thank you so much for your prayers ladies. They are very much appreciated.

  8. Tia
      · April 8th, 2013 at 5:55 pm · Link

    One impossible thing I’d like to do is jump back into any decade and be able to get back to the present. It would be interesting to look around and see how things were and how I’d adapt.

  9. Betty Hamilton
      · April 8th, 2013 at 6:01 pm · Link

    If I could do an impossible thing, it would be to bring peace to the world.

  10. Kathleen O
      · April 8th, 2013 at 6:37 pm · Link

    I would love to have the power to be able to spend a little bit more time with those love ones I have lost…

  11. Gloria
      · April 8th, 2013 at 6:43 pm · Link

    If I could do one impossible thing, I’d go back and do things a lot differently with my children. I’d have found better medical help for my youngest when I was told he’d grow out of his back problems, and I’d never have left my oldest in that hospital without me being there to watch over him.

  12. Joanie gonsalves
      · April 8th, 2013 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Purchase a bazillion acres of land for the wild horses to be free again

  13. Lori Ortiz
      · April 8th, 2013 at 7:41 pm · Link

    My impossible thing would be to spend time with my mom and have her meet and spend time with her grandchildren and great grandson. She died of Leukemia when I was 17.

  14. Juanita Rice
      · April 8th, 2013 at 7:53 pm · Link

    “I have decided to donate the overflow to our local battered women’s shelter. It’s a small thing to do,…”

    Maybe a small thing to you, Linda, but those women will love those pretty soaps!

    Sunny here this afternoon and our daffodils have been out for some time. Of course, they didn’t have to push up through snow. :)

  15. Lois Rotella
      · April 8th, 2013 at 8:11 pm · Link

    Love all the spring flowers. I would love to have a garden and grow some. As for the impossible, I would love to meet my father’s parents. They both came from Italy and always wondered why their families left there to come here. They both passed away before I was born. Both were born in the later part of the 19th century and would like their thought on the changes they had seen.

  16. Patricia M Hann
      · April 8th, 2013 at 8:48 pm · Link

    My impossible thing would be that my mom did not die when I was 5 years old. I know if you change one thing everything else would change. Can you guest what my favorite Christmas movie is? But it would be interesting how my life would have been different.

  17. Theresa
      · April 8th, 2013 at 8:54 pm · Link

    If I could do something impossible it would be to go back to 2005 and stop the road side bomb that caused our son to be 100% disable. The bad thing is that most of his disability isn’t visible it’s invisible. He has PTSD and TBI to name just a few.

    • Gloria
        · April 8th, 2013 at 10:08 pm · Link

      Theresa, I am so sorry.

  18. Teri Iezek
      · April 8th, 2013 at 9:02 pm · Link

    Although I try to think that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it, I would find a cure for all kinds of cancer, and put the suffering of all very young and old at peace :)

  19. Harriet Vick
      · April 8th, 2013 at 10:07 pm · Link

    I guess I am already working on what I thought was an impossible thing. I was diagnosed as having diabetes in January. I have completely changed my eating habits, I cook pretty much everything I eat, I eat tons of fresh veggies, a little protein and a little carbohydrate at every meal. I have lost 16 pounds and found out today I have turned my bloodwork around! I am very proud of myself and will continue on this healthy adventure.

    Linda, I also have daffodils…only 2…but they are such a welcome sight in my garden. I have tulips that are thinking about blooming and discovered the pink dogwood that Cynthia and I planted last year is getting ready to bloom. I too am so excited for Spring!

    • Gloria
        · April 8th, 2013 at 10:09 pm · Link


  20. Janice Hougland
      · April 8th, 2013 at 10:45 pm · Link

    The one impossible thing I would do if I could would be sing well. I have always wanted to sing well…especially in church. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket! I have other talents, ’tis true, but singing ain’t one of ’em, sad to say. Sometimes when I dream, I dream that I am a singer and surprise everyone with m gorgeous voice. Ha! Talk about an impossible dream . . . Janice

  21. Hilda
      · April 9th, 2013 at 12:01 am · Link

    Hi, Linda. When you said “impossible” I was trying to choose between all the things I would have liked to do but didn’t, for one reason or another. None of them involve going back in time and doing things because I “would know then what I know now.” I have to tell you the one that jumped to the top of the list, I would have liked to get married. Never even been in love or been loved, so it was a dream that finally, with God’s grace, faded away peacefully and I am now content. But still, I think I would have made a great wife and mother. So that’s my impossible thing I wish I had done. (But what a blessing not to grieve the loss of a husband or a child! I feel so bad for you gals that had to go through that!) Blessings to you all, Hilda.

  22. rosemary
      · April 9th, 2013 at 7:30 am · Link

    Go back 38 years and know then what I know now.

  23. Emily
      · April 9th, 2013 at 8:29 am · Link

    I have been out of pocket due to illness in the family!

    If I could do the impossible, I would make the world right and take everyone’s hurt away.

    Can’t wait for your new books.

  24. Debbie Lilly
      · April 9th, 2013 at 11:02 am · Link

    My impossible thing is to go back in time and spend a day listening to Jesus. Maybe the day he taught the “Sermon on the Mount.” I was taught “The Beatitudes” as a child. Boy, would it be a special occasion to sit and listen to them being presented for the first time as an adult. I would be able to ask questions on the ones that I really don’t understand very well. I believe I would have a better understanding of their meaning. Then, I could come back here and use them in my every day life. I would teach my children that are still at home the meaning of God’s beautiful words. For myself and my family it would be a very special experience.

  25. Lea Williams
      · April 9th, 2013 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Everyone had things to say that made me think, thats what I want or thats an awesome idea but if I could do one impossible thing would be to have my baby girl who died in 1970 at 5 days back where I could have watched her grow up. A sad time in our lives.

    • Gloria
        · April 10th, 2013 at 12:48 am · Link

      I’m sorry for your loss, Lea. The hurt NEVER goes away.

  26. Effie Rome
      · April 9th, 2013 at 10:12 pm · Link

    My impossible thing I’d like to do: I would like to have another chance at visiting with my maternal grandmother/grandfather who were born in the late 1800s and to visit with my mother again. I have so many questions I wish I would have asked them. Your flowers sound beautiful. My mother loved daffodils and I have my mother’s best friend put them on her grave each spring for me (I don’t live close to where my mother was laid to rest). Next year you will have at least double the amount of daffodils you have this year. I use to have a flower bed where I put daffodils around the edge and different colored tulips in the center. It was beautiful when it was all in bloom. A great idea for your soaps. I have thought about doing that, but never have done it. Have a great week. Effie

  27. Norma Stanforth
      · April 9th, 2013 at 10:27 pm · Link

    Linda, i am glad that you daffodils are all in bloom. What i think that is impossible,i wish i had a way to have world peace, i think it is impossible, but i could love to do it.I pray that we can all live together in peace and love one another. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.

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      · April 9th, 2013 at 11:39 pm · Link

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