Wednesday, November 19, 2014


                                                                                                                       Good morning and welcome Through My Back Door. Grab you a mug, help yourself to the coffee, get a cinnamon doughnut and come sit and lets talk about Thanksgiving. Thanksgivings were always big growing up. Whether it was at our house or my Grandmother's. Everyone was welcome. Then after I married and had children, we had to go to my parents for lunch and Curtis' parents for supper. My Dad said one day, this is crazy, lets all eat together, so that is the way it was for years. Then he got sick and one year there was no Thanksgiving. We were living out of town, so my little family had our own. I cooked my first turkey and the trimmings. Deb and I put on our aprons and cooked on the morning of Thanksgiving, while Curtis and the boys did the traditional Thanksgiving morning rabbit hunt. That is something he and my Dad did for many years. After that Thanksgiving changed, The next Thanksgiving he was gone, so everyone came to Cumberland Gap to our house. The next year we were back down here and Curtis and I started hosting Thanksgiving. Again you never knew who all was coming.But what fun. Then when Mother couldn't cook Christmas for all of us anymore, I took over that tradition from her. When I did that Deb said she wanted Thanksgiving. So for many years this has been our tradition. I look at pictures and there are so many no longer at our Thanksgiving table. However there are a lot of new little people there.That is the circle of life, isn't it?
I have decided this Thanksgiving I am going to embrace the changes. Yes, tradition is changing again.Beth is hosting it this year. I am going to be thankful for all of those at our table, but I am also going to be thankful for the Thanksgivings past and the people I loved so much who have influenced me and helped make me who I am today.I thank my Daddy who instilled the love of holidays in me.
This will be my last post until after Thanksgiving, so I am taking this opportunity to wish you a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving. So many of my friends are missing loved ones for the first time this Thanksgiving. I am praying God blesses each of them and you in a special way.
You bless me when you come Through My Back Door where life is good.


  1. Morning Betty, sounds wonderful, Wishing you and yours a cozy Thanksgiving. Hugs Francine.

  2. What a very sweet post and such sweet memories of holidays past!
    Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed my visit here.


  3. Truly a wonderful post my dear friend.
    I too am so thankful for so many things this very hard year.
    The tears have come but Gods goodness always outshines.
    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving ! I enjoyed visiting you, as always. I will be hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas as I have for 40 years and i love it ! As you said some will be missing but others have joined !

  5. Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Beautiful post... This one made me think back too... Little bit of crying with your post. Those memories are treasures... Hard ones and fun ones. Mew store them in our memories and heart. Happy Thanksgiving!


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