Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How Many Times Did You Think Of Me Today?

I am so happy to be participating in Thankful Thursday hosted so graciously by Rhondi at Rose Colored Glasses. I think it is a wonderful way to share with our blogger friends the things that we are thankful for in our lives and I also believe it is an opportunity to reveal more of our authentic selves to our new found (and old) friends.
Last night The Husband and I were sitting quietly reading our respective books, when he got up, stretched and yawned and said "How many times did you think of me today?" To say I was dumbfounded would be putting it mildly. Where did this question come from? How could I respond honestly with no thought or preparation for such a loaded question?!! So I did what any smart blonde would do and said, "You're overtired. Go to bed." And then I proceeded to sit up way past my bedtime pondering this question.
I have been going around lately with a satisfied grin on my face, thinking that I have discovered the art of living in the moment. I have convinced myself that this enlightenment has come with age and experience as well as a keen sense of self. But I now think I have been missing something here. Doesn't living in the moment mean having thoughts of our loved ones other than the norm; "I hope he gets to work safely, I hope he has his gloves, I hope he doesn't get too stressed out at the office today, I hope they have the ice cream he likes at the store today..."
I say my prayers every night, thanking our Lord for all the blessings He has given me and I ask that He watch over all my loved ones. That is all well and good but The Husbands question has forced me to think more outside the proverbial box. I need to stop the worry which does no good for anybody, and start thinking about things such as his warm smile when I say something funny, or the way he moves his head back and forth as he reads sentences in a book. The way he gets me in a bear hug when we are laughing hysterically over something. These are the things I should stop and think about and include in my day. Not just thoughts of my husband, but all of my loved ones. I am sure it will bring a smile to my face and have me humming a little as I go about my day.




So on this Thankful Thursday I want to thank my husband for coming up with this question (that I still have no idea from where it came or why). I am thankful it provided me the insight to examine how and how often I hold my loved ones to my heart each day outside of my prayers. I will now go to bed at night and not only thank God for blessing me by giving me this wonderful man to spend my life with, but also for giving me the ability to ponder the messages given to me and act on them. My days will be so much more fulfilled.

xoxo

Jane

23 comments:

April said...

Jane,

That was so beautiful! I so enjoyed reading it! Really makes me think.

I would love for you to ask your hubby what brought on that question because if my husband asked me the same thing, I'd be dumbfounded! I do feel I think about Chris all during my day. He's very good about calling me several times each day when he's on the road. He's a super special guy and I feel very blessed, just as you do.

Thank you for ispiring me to notice the little things he says and does a bit more, and thank God for each and every one of them. ♥

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, this is a BEAUTIFUL post. It really gave me to cause to stop and ponder the same question. I try to focus my thoughts on the Lord for the most part, but I don't think God would mind if I focussed a little more of them on Mr. Magpie. I do think about him, but I need to concentrate more on all the things about him that make me smile or make me grateful. Not like you said, worrying about him at work or if he's sick or something.

I'm glad your husband asked this. It's a great question, and I love that you're still pondering it. You're doing a great job, Blondie! :-)

Sending many warm wishes your way...

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

"It really gave me cause to stop..." Not "to cause to stop."

I hate typos! LOL! My brain is frozen this morning along with the tundra outside.

XO,

Sheila

Jeanne said...

Hello Jane, your thankful message is wonderful. You have got me thinking of how often do I really think of my loved ones and friends. Do I give them the time in my heart to honor their lives as much as I could. Especially my dh. He is the circle that completes my life. Do I give him the time of day he deserves?

Wow, thank you for your post today.

Hugs...Jeanne

Rhondi said...

Hi Jane
What a thought provoking question! I'm glad that you joined in on thankful Thursday.
Hugs, Rhondi

Smilingsal said...

Ah, you've married a ROMANTIC! How wonderful for you.

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful post Jane. Thank you for reminding us all to stop and listen to our hearts instead of our heads all the time! I do thank God every day for my husband and daughter, as well as all of our friends and family. This just reminds me of what I have to be grateful for and how lucky I am. Kathy

Ms. Tee said...

This is such a wonderful post. It really made me think, too, about being more intentional when it comes to thinking of my sweet husband and family. I love that he asked you that question - and by asking it, impacted all of us, too. :) Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you have a great weekend!

cityfarmer said...

tears are stinging my eyes now.
My DH is always on my mind.


All of you lovely ladies Are On y Mind, toooo

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! Beautiful post and I appreciate your visit today! Yes, we special ordered the rug to match the carpet on the stairs.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hey lady...left an answer to your questions about the tranfer paper and pillows in my comments section.
Thanks!Wendy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Jane, what a beautiful post. Thanks for the inspiration of noticing and appreciating the little things. Thanks so much for the visit.. It means the world. hugs ~lynne~

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Thanks for the visit to see my most important craft! I'm such a silly. Oh, I did leave out that one important detail, didn't I? Well, just lap that baby over and glue it down! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Charlene said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for that reminder. As you said... who knows where that question came from but, it is a good one to remember. We are lucky girls to have special husbands so we do need to keep this thought in the FRONT of our mind & not let it slide back.

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I am also grateful that you stopped by my blog to say "hi" on Thankful Thursday. After reading your post, I became so grateful to have met you and for your insight which now has us all pondering. Thank you for such a wonderful post. I am adding your blog to my Treasured Blog List so that I can remain in touch from time-to-time or when you post something new. Thank you, Rita

Deb said...

Wonderful post! And what a great question :-)

jewelstreet said...

This is one awesome post, Jane! I love it. I have to admit I think about the man several times a day and the kid even more.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Jane, thanks for stopping by my blog. What a beautiful, thought provoking post this was. Now you've got me thinking...

oxox
Jennifer

KATHERINELLEN said...

Jane,
This posts is wonderful and beautiful post. Thank you for sharing...I enjoyed reading your Thankful Thursday.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good evening sweetie, thanks for the visit to see the miniature tea set. I'm glad you enjoyed it. have a super w/k. hugs ~lynne~

beth at aunties said...

Jane,
First thank you for leaving such sweet comments on my blog. They touched my heart.
Your post was so thought provoking to me and I loved his question... It truly made me ponder also as it did you.
I have been married for almost 38 years to the most incredible and thoughtful man and he deserves my thoughts much more often. He always calls me during the day.
Thank You for sharing!
I am going to go now and ask HIM the same question!!! Hee hee and see what he has to say;)

♥♥♥

Thru Pink Curtains said...

well i am not married but it is a reasonable question even though a funny one. we all want to be loved and thought of and even God wants us to think of him. he says that even if we think on his name we will be saved. which was good comfort to me.
good answer for your husband though and should he read this post he will know the answer!!!!
and the word verification for this is surestru!!!!--sure, it is true. we think of you!!1

Liz said...

That was such a thoughtful post! It really made me think of my husband and how much I have to be thankful for. Very nice!

~Liz

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment. I am off to see some of your other posts. I am intrigued! : )