#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

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…are extra terrific today!  I’ve been scrolling through them, answering a few, and doing a lot of smiling.  Thank you.

On one recommendation, I’ve just downloaded three books by Reeve Lindberg, daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindberg, and I can’t wait to read them all.  I do so love a good memoir, and that brave family has always fascinated me.  I remember reading “A Gift from the Sea” years ago–it was a landmark book, as I recall, and I think I’ll read it again. 

Actually, I’m thinking of starting a Happiness Project and sharing it on this blog.  That isn’t to say I’m not already happy, because I am–I love my life, my work, my family, friends and pets, along with reading, of course, and playing with my various art supplies.  But can anyone ever to TOO happy?  There’s a way to start a group on the Happiness Project (.com, of course) website.  It might be kind of fun if some of us made up our own group and pursued some extra happiness.  :)  Is anybody game to try it?

Some things that make me happy:

1) Laughing with my daughter

2) Laughing with my mom

3) Laughing AND traveling with my sister, Sally.  :)

4) Dogs, cats, horses and all manner of living things

5)Doing art and not having to be good at it

6)Writing a scene or creating a character (or both) and really feeling as though I’ve gotten it right.

7)Connecting with God, especially outside, when I’m looking around at His breathtaking Creation.

8) Every last one of you.

That’s it for today, gang.  Gotta get to Parable!

Be kind, and be happy.  It’s really a choice–we just need to make that choice deliberately and much more often.

28 comments to “Your comments”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · September 6th, 2012 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Hey, I’m all for a happiness project!! How would that work? I love to enjoy God’s beautiful creation as well, & after all, He made it just for us to enjoy. I love my dogs, cat, horses (& riding), all God’s creatures, my wonderful son, DIL, & grandchildren! Your good books, traveling & family. Bless you dear lady 

  2. Nana
      · September 6th, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Everything on your list also makes me happy…except for No. 2 as my mother is no longer with us.

    I’d have a look at a Happiness Project. :)


  3. kathy copeland
      · September 6th, 2012 at 2:33 pm · Link



  4. Lea Williams
      · September 6th, 2012 at 2:54 pm · Link

    I have not read any of your current books because they are not at the used book store yet. I look every time I am in there (Raes by Harbor Freight). I am looking foreward to them, can’t afford to buy new books as many as I read. Thanks a million for writing for our enjoyment and for taking time to write this blog. Sure would like to meet you sometime.

  5. carol barker
      · September 6th, 2012 at 3:02 pm · Link

    dear linda
    I have been on line all morning looking for an unabridged edition of Last Chance Cafe on cd, and nobody has it not even ebay..it is one of my favorite books by you…do you have any idea where i might be able to purchase a copy i so love that book…thank you
    carol barker :-|

    • Hilda
        · September 7th, 2012 at 10:53 am · Link

      Here! Here! I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Last Chance Cafe. Linda, do you have any “power” and maybe suggest to your publisher that they reprint it?

  6. Sharon S.
      · September 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Linda, I love this idea, I’m game wherever you want us to go, I’ll be there! :lol:

    Some things that make me happy:
    My pets, Queenie, Buster and Buddy
    My parents living a block and half from me and still healthy
    My friends, especially Sandy who the sister I never had
    My great-nephew, Christian who will be 2 in December
    All of Linda’s books

    CAROL BARKER…did you try AudioBookStand or Audible? They are good places to find nearly anything…unfortunately, I’ve found that not a lot of Linda’s books are on CD. I really want the Bride Groom on CD, but haven’t been able to find it.

  7. sam
      · September 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Happiness to me is;
    1- laughing with family and friends
    2- giving and sharing
    3- reading
    4- Reading your blog and feeling a part of it :)
    5- E-mailing new friends :)
    6- Nature in all it’s glory
    7- Seeing my family and friends happy
    I could go on and on… Great Idea Linda :)

  8. Gloria
      · September 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Linda, I think your Happiness Project is a very good idea. Through your Blog, I’ve “met” two wonderful ladies, Hilda and Sam, ( alphabetical order), and I feel as if I’ve known them forever.

    We have “visited” each other and I don’t have to clean shack before a visit and that makes me happy. :lol:

    • sam
        · September 6th, 2012 at 5:27 pm · Link

      Thank-you Gloria. That’s happiness number 5 on my list covered :wink:

    • Hilda
        · September 7th, 2012 at 10:54 am · Link

      Gloria, you are a GEM! But then, anyone who loves Linda’s work is obviously an exceptional human being.

  9. Anne
      · September 6th, 2012 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Count me IN.

    Things that make me happy
    1. My kids and family.
    2. Watching my Cat Mitze playing or going “Bonkers.”
    3. Old black and white late night movies.
    4. Rain showers and thunderstorms. Watching the snow fall. Love watching nature in motion.
    5. Watching the deer and wild turkeys coming out of the woods to forage.
    6. Book stores. the older and dustier the better. The same goes for second hand and antique stores.
    7. Grocery day. I can eat whatever I want and usually do.
    8. BBQ’s
    9. The sewing and craft section of any store. Starting a new project. Or finding a project I never finished from years ago and working on it.
    10. Letters and packages in the mail. Letter writing has become a lost art. Sometimes I beg friends for post cards because I love getting them.

    That was indeed fun. I have so much to be thankful for and so often forget. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Lois Rotella
      · September 6th, 2012 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Hi Carol, Have your tried Amazon.com.
    Linda I like happiness:
    I love to laugh and talk with my family.
    I enjoy visiting with my nieces and nephews.
    I love finding new cousins whom I’ve never meet.
    I love being with friends.
    I especially enjoy reading your books and many other authors.
    Happiness is free to all enjoy if you just let yourself feel. :-P

  11. Sherry Wallace
      · September 6th, 2012 at 7:09 pm · Link

    I don’t know what mistakes were made regarding a rodeo you had mentioned. There is only one mistake that jumped out at me & that was the age of Angus when we first met him in High Country Bride. I decided to think of him at the younger of the two ages mentioned, mainly because by the time Holt’s daughter is grown he would be ancient! Besides, he is still putting in a full days work in the saddle, and he’s still so virle as well :-)
    Keep em coming, Lady,

  12. Elizabeth
      · September 6th, 2012 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Happiness is: A Linda Lael Miller Book.
    Happiness is: Is having an animal to love.
    Happiness is: laughing with my grand daughter
    Happiness for me is: discovering a LLM book I haven’t read.
    Happiness is: spending time with my family and friends.
    Happiness is: having God bless me on a daily basis. :-D

  13. Donna Montgomery
      · September 6th, 2012 at 10:39 pm · Link

    Linda, after reading your closing words today I felt the need to share with you a prayer that was shared with me today. I hope it will touch your heart the way it did mine.

    Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.

    Happy writing and God bless!! :!:

  14. Donna Montgomery
      · September 6th, 2012 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Oh and I forgot to add that I’m game for the happiness project as well. Here’s a few things that make me happy:
    1. My husband of 32 years
    2. My three children
    3. My four grand-children
    4. My four “adopted” grands
    5. My church family–especially my 5-8 year old Sunday School students
    6. My sister and her husband
    7. My best friend Nora, she’s actually more than a friend. She’s my other sister.
    8. Ami & Heidi–although they are miles away, they are close at heart.
    9. Finding a good movie to watch amongst all the filth they put on TV today.
    10 And last but definitely not least…curling up with a good book (yours preferably) and loosing myself in it 100%. I love enjoying a book so much that I can put myself right there on the page with the characters.

    That’s just a few of my happiness topics. I look forward to sharing more with you as this project takes wings. :-P

  15. Norma Stanforth
      · September 6th, 2012 at 11:46 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I like your ideal of Happiness Project. I am in pain all day long ig hard for me to get out and do any thing. But i live with my daughter and my two granddaughters they help take care of me. We have three dogs and they are always in to something, never a dull moment with them around. If God wasn’t in my life i don’t know what my life would be like. He gave me the talent to crochet and that helps me a lt. I enjoy seeing pictures of my grand kid and great grandkids and i enjoy keeping in touch with family, and friends on facebook. God has blessed me a lot. God bless you and hope this Happiness Project does good. Norma :-|

  16. Amy Henderson
      · September 7th, 2012 at 9:26 am · Link

    Aww…happiness…I could use more in my life. I do love laughing with my kids…daughter is 21 my son is about to be 23…he has the dry kind of humor and absolutely cracks me up! My best friend in ILL and her Mom, who is like a Mom to me (I’ve been without my Mom since 2001) always crack me up…they are fun to be with, only wish we lived closer. My best friend can crack me up just with a text message. I do love my precious pup, Ella. I wish I had a special someone in my life tho. I’ve been divorced 3 years now and not even a nibble…aw the joys of trying to date at this age…I’m 48. I always enjoy reading your books too…just finished Kendra and Hutch!! Can’t wait for Tara and Boone…he needs a good pick up in life too!! :) Love reading your blogs!!

  17. Sal
      · September 7th, 2012 at 10:28 am · Link

    Count me in!!
    1. Having family to love and be loved by.
    2. Having plenty of yarn, fabric and time to immerse myself in them.
    3. The excitement of arriving at the airport knowing that a wonderful adventure is about to begin or that I am headed home to share my pictures and adventures with my family.
    4. A huge section of sweaters to sort through and then recreate.
    5. Laughter, especially Jaden’s.

  18. Kathie Loy
      · September 7th, 2012 at 12:34 pm · Link

    Linda you are amazing – forever into one project or another. You wear me out, where do find the time and energy? I certainly need some kind of Happiness Project, it seem to be a lost thing in my life these days. Here it is September and I have pretty much lost the whole year. Mother passed away in February and the rest of the year just disappeared. If iI couldn’t get lost in my books every now and then. I don’t know what I would do. Sorry guys, here you all are so bubbly and joyful and I am just a dud.

    • Amy Henderson
        · September 7th, 2012 at 1:03 pm · Link

      Kathie Loy….Sorry to hear about your Mother…my Mom passed June 2001 and it still gets to me at times. I miss her greatly..especially past 4 years as I went thru a divorce that I did not want. There’s nothing quite like having a mother when things in our lives are wearing us down. Hang in there!

    • Hilda
        · September 7th, 2012 at 1:59 pm · Link

      Ladies, it’s true when you lose your Mom your compass goes off kilter. I lost my mother when I was 19 (1974) and my step-mom when I was 55 (2010), both wonderful women who made my dad so very happy. He’s now 90, and I still work full-time and live 130 miles away from him, which makes it hard. He’s pretty spry thank the Lord, and I call him about 6 times per week. It seems like immersing yourself in a good book is one of the few ways to get your compass straightened out. That and a bubble bath, a walk in the woods or on the beach, a glass of wine, chatting with a girlfriend, babysitting the grandkids… Hey, there’s alot to be thankful for! :O)

      • Kathie Loy
          · September 11th, 2012 at 11:31 pm · Link

        To Amy, Hilda & Gloria – Thank you Ladies for the words of comfort and encouragement. I am so sorry for your loses. And I really do have lots to be thankful for, normally I am the stalwart or as I like to say the matriarch of this family as I too suffered an unwanted divorce years ago. I alone have raised 3 wonderful children and have 5 healthy, happy grandchildren. That in itself is more than enough. There is just that occassional dip in the road of life that gets you. Many Blessings to you all!!!!!

  19. Michele
      · September 7th, 2012 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Did anyone notice that the excerpt for High Country Bride is about Kade, not Rafe?

  20. Hilda
      · September 7th, 2012 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Michele, you are right! High Country Bride’s excerpt is not what it should be – I hope Linda reads your comment and has her Webmaster fix that. High Country Bride is an EXCELLENT book. Rafe is one of those guys whose clumsy attempts at being the “alpha male” are so very endearing, it’s no wonder Emmeline fell for him so fast. I certainly did! (Strange timing about your comment: I started re-reading HCB last night.)

  21. Gloria
      · September 8th, 2012 at 7:02 am · Link

    Linda, I haven’t been reading your Blog all that long and am not familiar with a lot of topics that have been brought up, not even the books, but…I am glad I found it. It’s like marrying into a family, or moving into a new neighborhood, and you don’t know all the past history. But, this Happiness one seems to be the best one, ever…in my time with you.

    Kathie Loy, you are not a dud. I’ve lost so many loved ones, including my oldest son six years ago October 18th, in just this century that when someone asks if I’m having a bad day, I can truthfully say I’ve had a bad century.

    It doesn’t get better, but it gets easier…a little…and this Blog can sure cheer you up. Through Linda’s Blog, I’ve “met” some wonderful people, especialy Sam and Hilda, whom I now consider friends.

    I hate the expression that “life goes on” when a person is in such pain, but…I read something the other night about “life goes on, and it either carries you along, or rolls right over you”. I feel as if I have been rolled over, and over, and over.

    But, even if life is rolling over you, sometimes a big rock wiill be in the road and the roller will hit it and raises up, and you get a breather. As you go along the jouney of life, and the road gets rockier, just remember the rocks keep you from getting completely squashed.

    I didn’t mean to write a book, although I’d like to :) , I just wanted you to know Linda’s Blog and the people who read it are great people, and that helps.

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