I use Google Voice when I’m on the computer (which is most of the time) and I start receiving text messages from Jane or one of the kids. Google Voice gives you a free phone # that can also receive and send text messages. I can go to the Google Voice website and type in my messages using my computer keyboard, or read text messages received. Google voice maintains a thread just like GMAIL. You can do other things such as forward the # to another phone so that your primary phone rings if someone calls it. It also transcribes voice messages into text messages!
Here is a portion of what Google Voice looks like: