Stories From The Tolbert Home

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Love Adds A little Chocolate

I was at my grandma's house back in August, gleaning from her every word. I sat down on her couch and noticed a book that caught my attention. The title was "Love adds a little chocolate" that caught my attention! HAHA plus the added bonus is if it is laying on her coffee table, then it must be a good book. To be honest I have not made it past the first page. But the first page says enough to keep me going on days like today...where as a mom and a wife I feel not up to par. It has been a rough couple of weeks and I tend to do the "motions" of housework, schooling, cooking...all the other stuff that comes with being a busy mom. I remembered that book, ordered it off amazon and read the first page again. I may have to read the rest later, but for now this page helps me get past just doing what I do for no reason. There is such great purpose in being a mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister. All the jobs we do can be done with LovE! Here it is.....

Love Adds A Little Chocolate

A house is a house-until love comes through the door that is. And love intuitively goes around sprinkling that special brand of angel dust that transforms a house into a very special home for a very special people: YOUR FAMILY
Money, of course, can build a charming house, but only love can furnish it with a feeling of home.
Duty can pack an adequate sack lunch, but love may decide to enclose a little love note inside.

Money can provide a television set, but love controls it and cares enough to say no and take the guff that comes with it.

Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the corners in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs(even to teenagers!).

Obligation can cook a meal, but love embellishes the table with a potted ivy trailing around slender candles.

Duty writes many letters, but love adds a joke or a picture or a fresh stick of gum inside.

Compulsion keeps a sparkling house. But love and prayer stand a better chance of producing a happy family.

Duty gets offended quickly if it isn't appreciated, but love learns to laugh a lot and to work for the sheer joy of doing it.

Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often love adds a little chocolate.
                                                 ~Linda Anderson

If I was to be honest, and I feel I should be;)......there are days where I can feel unappreciated, under paid haha, and not noticed.I have a feeling I would not have to look far to find moms that have days like that. So sometimes it is necessary for me to put the schedule aside, the cleaning aside, even some obligations...and go enjoy and LOVE the life I am blessed with!

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