He Snores! Listening for the Blessings

Welcome  Let’s talk about the nightly little annoyance…the snorer!  There are usually medical or physiological reasons behind this irritating sound that creeps into our bedrooms each night, but even knowing the other person can’t really help or control it, there are times that the sound of snoring can drive us mad, or at least drive us to another room.

listening for the blessings
If we will make our selves still and quiet, we can listen for the blessings in any environment.

So what are we going to do?  Read on for my new perspective about living with a snorer, and a recipe for French Onion Soup that can be beneficial to those who snore.  And I will see you on Monday, since I’m hoping to have much success with my clear-out-the-classroom sale over the next three days.  Note-I may receive compensation from advertisements or affiliate links on this blog post.  For additional information, please see my terms and disclosure page.

Food For Thought  You guessed it, my husband snores.  But so does pretty much everyone else in my family.  I also snore, but according to my husband it’s a pretty soft sound.  But not his snore!  Do any of you know that sound I’m thinking of…you worry that they may actually be choking to death by the sound you hear.  Well, when I realize he’s really not choking, I’m irritated.  I don’t sleep well a lot of times anyway, and I’m definitely a light sleeper.  If I get to sleep before him, I’m usually okay, but if not, it may be hours before I can fall asleep.  And then, there’s the times I wake up from the loud snoring, startled from the sound, but then unable to fall back to sleep.  Many nights, I would plod my way to the guest room to find some peace and quiet.  He’s had the sleep study, but they found only mild sleep apnea, and other than not falling asleep on his back, there’s not much we can do about it.

But one night the truth finally hit me.  I am so BLESSED to be sharing this room and this life with this wonderful snoring man.  Granted, I don’t have to love the snoring part, but I do love the man behind the snore.  Laying there listening to him snore is so much better than having a silent, but cold and lonely bed.  Maybe that’s how it feels to him every time he wakes to find I’ve left the room…cold and lonely.  I know a few women that are right around my age that have already lost their husbands to illness or accidents, and I cannot imagine the pain and grief that experience must bring.  So who am I to complain about a little snoring, for who knows how short our time together may be?  Nowadays, that snoring is the sweet sound of blessings knowing I married a great man who still has enough breath left to raise the roof!

Today’s Scripture  Song of Songs 3:1  “All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him.”  It would be incredibly sad to have this feeling, this longing for the one I desire and love, but unable to find him there.  Now I can be thankful that he is there, even if that means I have to listen to his snoring.

Song of Songs 8:6-7  “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.  Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.  If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.”  Love for our mates is so powerful.  It brings us through so many trials and struggles in this world.  Many times it is truly what makes life worth living.  They say you can overcome anything, if there is love.  I don’t know about anything, but I sure know love can conquer a little bit of snoring!

Today’s Recipe  According to an article from Medical Daily (2015), snoring is triggered by several factors, including diet.  This article also contained a lot of medical jargon that I didn’t really understand about enlarged tissues around the throat and sinuses.  But it did mention six foods that can help alleviate some snoring symptoms and gave explanations of why.  The six foods mentioned were soy milk, tea, honey, turmeric, fish, and onions.  My husband loves onions, what luck!  According to research, “onions have anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties and can clear your nasal passages to allow more air to pass through.”  Remember, I’m not a doctor or have any health licensing, so please be sure to check with a medical professional for serious health advice.  But I’m willing to feed my husband some onions so we can have less snoring.  Here is my recipe for French Onion Soup.

French Onion Soup
The wonderful aroma of cooking onions filling my kitchen…and they may just have healing properties, as well!
  • French Onion Soup (serves 6)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 medium sweet yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 Baguette, cut into 6 thick slices
  • 3 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
  • In large soup pot melt butter over medium heat.  Add onions, stirring into the butter and turn heat to medium-low.  Cover and cook onions about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are fragrant and translucent.  Don’t forget to stir in all the brown bits from the bottom of your pot, this adds a lot of flavor.  Add sugar, salt, and pepper and raise heat back to medium.  Continue to stir and cook onions about 10 more minutes.  Add in flour and stir to coat.  Add Worcestershire and 2 cups of broth, stirring to thicken.  Turn heat to low and simmer an additional 25 minutes.  In ovenproof bowls place baguette slice.  Fill bowl with soup and top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.  Set bowls on rimmed baking sheet.  Place in 425 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes to melt cheese.
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