Monthly Archives: September 2014

Parents, you did not give birth to Bank Robbers… I don’t think…

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I wrote the following post in October of 2006 when my children were much younger. If I were able to tell my ‘younger mom self’ anything it would be to Chill Out. The bedtimes become easier, stop the stressing, if they aren’t in bed by 9 pm they will not grow up to become bank robbers because you couldn’t keep a solid bedtime schedule. They will not fall in with the wrong crowd if you can’t wrangle them in bed on time. My boys are teenagers now and all my worries are for not. So– to every mom and dad out there that feels overwhelmed by the bedtime ritual- I have felt your pain— but alas– chill out. The above photo was taken of our boys last summer in Chicago ~~~~comedians- yes, bank robbers- no~~~~

Bedtime…. 10/17/06
Why is putting children to bed so trying on parents? I remember when I only had one child and bedtime was relatively peaceful. With another child added the more hectic bedtime rituals have become. They make a spitting game out of brushing their teeth and I have lost count of all the ‘illnesses’ my oldest son comes down with once he is in bed. He could run a marathon, play board games, ride his bike till the cows come home but once he settles down and is all covered up that is when he decides he has something in his eye, a sore throat, or remembers he hasn’t had a bowel movement in two days and he thinks something is wrong. Then in the morning when I ask how he feels it is always a blank, “Fine, why?” *sigh*
I have read countless books and articles on this subject, listened to wise older relatives but I am still finding bedtime stressful. The experts say calm down your bedtime ritual by turning off the TV an hour before bedtime. Have them drink a glass of warm milk. Don’t give them anything to eat or drink before bed, which negates giving them warm milk before bedtime.?. Give them a soothing bath. Read a book. Say prayers. Turn on their night light. Check their closet for monsters. Make sure they use the restroom. See that they have their favorite blanket. Convince your children that no one cut the moon in half it is supposed to look that way. Come On People… In the perfect world you may be able to do all these every night, but we do not live in a perfect world.
My question I guess is: when are children expected to go to bed with minimal interference? I know they are only little once and I respect that argument but between cooking, putting up leftovers, dishes, cleaning, sweeping, laundry, checking homework, bills, husbands, dogs, making lunches for the next day and so on. Is it too much to ask for a few nights a week that end in a solitary, “Mom and Dad, I am going to bed now. Goodnight and I love you.” Does this make me a bad Mom? I will admit that I have said to my children on more than one occasion ‘Just go to bed. Not one more word’. They are old enough to brush their teeth by themselves, put their pajamas on and make their bed all by themselves they then should be expected to go to bed at least a few times a week without me pulling my hair out?
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Then again I don’t want to complain too much because I know in a few years when they’re teenagers my focus will be ”why aren’t they home in bed yet?” I have talked to countless other families and I know I am not alone in these reactions nor is this the first generation to confront the strife of the terrible catastrophe of bedtime. My grandmother had 7 kids and she still has all of her hair! Now not every night follows this pattern but more times than not this is how it plays out. Please, don’t get the wrong impression I love being a mom, it has many rewards and I truly believe they are a gift from God and I wouldn’t trade motherhood for all the money in the world. But when 9 pm comes and goes and I am trying to convince my oldest son I don’t see anything in his eye, or convincing him his filling in his tooth has not fallen out, or sooth any fears from my youngest he is not hearing noises under his bed while trying to keep him in it, I may get a little testy. I am sure my frustrations are justified. I fear the only solution is age. The older they get the calmer bedtime becomes; at least this is what I am holding on to.

And yes it does get easier- I PROMISE!!!

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Standing out from the Crowd!

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I am not sure exactly why or how it is going to help my blog but — IT. IS. DONE. I now have a customized domain name! Does this mean I have to be all Professional now? Because I am in trouble if that is a requirement 😀

Of course, my name actually helps a lot when trying to stand out from the crowd, Neasha isn’t really all that common and I am good with that. 🙂

neashahill.com

The picture above was taken in Chicago two summers ago. If you are wondering why my family never smiles for pictures you clearly have not read my post from a month ago called Family Vacations and Bad Pictures! <—Check it out by clicking on the link.

Do you wanna take a bike ride with us?

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I thought I would share what we did on the last day of Summer today. My husband and I took a ride to a small river town and I thought I would share some pictures we took along the way. We have rode motorcycles since the age of sixteen. No, I do not drive one myself– no one would want that! We are more like weekend riders when the weather is nice and we have a few hours to spare. WE are FAR FROM the Son’s of Anarchy, although that T.V. show intrigues me :))

So if you want to go along with us on the bike scroll through the pictures I snapped and you can go ride along without ever leaving your home. I apologize for the poor quality pictures, we were moving and I have a new camera I haven’t got use to yet. I need a lot more practice!

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Disappointment and Un-Forgiveness

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~~~~~~~~~Love One Another~~~~~~~~~
Every person on this planet has been disappointed at some point in their life by the people they love. Whether it is a family member, close friend, neighbor, co-worker, or your dry cleaner, someone has let you down. Therefore, my question today is what makes some people able to forgive and move on and others grab onto this pain and live with it. That pain that burrows in a person’s heart and made worse by repeating the injustice in your mind, settles in and makes what was once your ‘peace’ its home. That peace you may have had before is now demoted down to a tiny speck.

Isiah 30:26 amplified bible, “The Lord binds up the hurt of His people and heals their wound inflicted by their sins.

Psalm 41 Heal my soul for I have sinned against thee.

Sin will wound you even if you were not the one who sinned. Yes, this sucks. When a loved one wounds you, it can deeply affect every aspect of your life. Is un-forgiveness sin? YES! Mark 11:25-26 “ 25 Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. 26 [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

Sin can wound your soul but Jesus can heal you.

If you want to read about how trauma can affect your life just read The book of Job. Here is a man that was afflicted by disaster and health problems, by no fault of his own, and came out on the other side of Trauma, blessed. Why? Because he stayed true to God.

Are there people that need to hear from you today? Is there a phone call that you need to make, a letter you need to write, a text that needs to be sent, or a visit that needs to be made? Maybe today is the day to find your peace again. Make your decision based on God’s word, not others…

Thank you for stopping by and~~

May God richly bless you with His Love.

Entertainment at the Ol’Cube Farm

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What? Is that even possible? Entertainment at the Ol’Cube Farm is possible– that is if you aren’t on the phones all day. If you aren’t on the phones and you are doing some other task all day and you can wear your earbuds/head phones/Beats whatever you want to call them I have a treat for you! I came across a section on YouTube awhile back that offers audio books— for free! Now, sometimes I do listen to music but usually I listen to a book and some of the books I have came across are pretty entertaining and I can just as effectively do my work listening to music as listening to an audio book. For those of you poor souls that are not allowed to listen I feel for you! My mind would go numb!

Here are a few of the things I have listened to so far–
Lord of The Rings— I had never been able to get through the actual movie but for some reason the audio books breathed life into this tale for me. I am currently on the Seventh installment and there are a total of 23.

Nicolas Sparks The Choice I think even if you had read this before you would enjoy it! The Notebook is also Available!!

Sherlock Holmes Stories, Jane Austen Novels and SO MANY MORE!

Check it out and if you have any recommendations please share 🙂