My Thanksgiving Letter

24 Nov

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 I am writing this as a letter because, I think of our readers as friends. You come and let us share our lives with you and share yours in return. That is what friends do. I am beyond thankful for the friends who faithfully blog here each week, DiVoran, Bill, Louise, Judy, Melody and Janet. They inspire me with their commitment and wisdom. I love you guys!

Dear friends,

It is funny how circumstances change our thankful list. Usually on Thanksgiving our  list is for family, health ,friends, and of course, our Savior.  This year, we woke up to wet grass and the wonderful rain is at the top of our list.

Our beautiful North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee mountains that are part of the forest service lands, have been viciously attacked by arsonist and thousands of acres  are affected.  I pray it was enough to give our firefighters and those from across the country who came to help, a rest this Thanksgiving day.

This morning, I pulled out old favorites as well as new cookbooks to get our meal started. One of my “must have” books is an old one from Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. It has been a part of our Thanksgiving meal for years. They have put out newer ones, but I love the old version. This year, I have added a new favorite, Janet’s Appalachian Cookbooks. Rebekah mixed up the School House Rolls recipe and I can’t wait to sink my teeth in their yeasty goodness. Of course, I had to go to the internet to find a recipe so we have a beautiful blending of old with new. Our turkey is in the roaster and the oven is almost ready for the side dishes. It has been a joy working side by side in the kitchen with my daughter. We each have our quirks when it comes to cooking and how we do things, but we can laugh about them and it adds to the fun.

I won’t pretend that my heart does not have a tender spot, missing the large family meals with my parents, brothers and their families. We don’t have any children’s voices laughing and arguing or the camaraderie of a bunch of women in the kitchen. I miss it but I am so blessed to have had that time. I hope wherever you gathered today, that you treasured the moments and you loved richly.

Talk to you later, the oven is ready!




UPDATE: One of our favorite places in Macon county is Wayah Bald, with it’s rustic fire tower and breathtaking views. It is also a favorite rest stop for hikers on the   Appalachian Trail. I read on Facebook tonight that one of the forest fires burned the tower. I can’t conceive of the anger a heart must hold to destroy so much beauty. I fear the damage to the stone structure might be too damaged to repair. I am thankful for the memories we made there and hopeful it will be restored.

8 Responses to “My Thanksgiving Letter”

  1. Delores November 6, 2019 at 8:29 am #

    I’m so thankful that this showed up on my Facebook today. I know l personally only know one of you, but I love the little bits of your lives you share with me. I have so missed your stories from this group of blessed and wonderful writers/boogers. I sincerely hope they continue. God bless you all.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. divoran09 November 25, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    What a loving and wonderful Thanksgiving story, my dear friend. All of us bloggers are thankful for you who are so generous (Judy’s word) with your time and love. We love you too.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. itsrebekahlyn November 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Everything was yummy. Thankful for all we have, including the many precious memories.


  4. Danny Kemp November 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    My mouth is watering…..LOL

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis November 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      It was delicious, especially the rolls Rebekah made.


  5. paddycummins November 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving, Onisha, to you and yours.


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