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I’m Moving January 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — m.rae.finch @ 4:59 am

I am moving my blog to a different place and I also have a new name! WordPress just isn’t working for me for what I want to do. It will take me awhile to update everything so I don’t have much at the new address yet, but take a peek and tell me what you think!


Sneaky Government Homeschool Programs September 12, 2009

Filed under: as deep as it gets,politics — m.rae.finch @ 3:30 pm

I’ve received warnings about programs aimed at sucking us into the government controlled abyss of public schooling for years now. And several years ago I was properly scared away from them. The Trojan Horse video and similar essays did a fine job of helping me stay hidden in my isolation closet with my kids. But since I have ventured out of the Patriocentricity black hole (not to be confused with the government school abyss) slowly over the last few years, scales have been dropping off my eyes on a number of subjects. The latest one to come off has been the idea that somehow, if  I participate in anything the government has funded with tax dollars, my brain is going to shrivel up and my children will all start on the road to hell.  So with my new found eye sight, I decided to enroll in a public school program that actually gives me several thousand dollars to spend on school supplies for the kids and I still get to homeschool them. Now some may say I am not really homeschooling them, but I’m not going to quibble semantics. All I know is that this is the first year in 13 years of homeschooling that I was able to put together my “wish list” and buy every single thing I wanted!  We have also already been to see Fiddler On The Roof (with Topal no less!) and it was paid for!  I am so looking forward to this year of school. The kids have to have weekly contact with our teacher/coordinator by email etc.. Ten years ago I would have cringed at the idea of letting my kids *gasp* talk to and report to a possibly *second gasp* secular, non patriocentric, non immediate family member.  Oh my, the webs we get ourselves entangled in even if they were with good intentions. Well, I am happy to report that we, the Nelson clan, are still alive and doing pretty darn well. Imagine that!  And I want to publicly say SHAME ON YOU to all of those who are leaders and would lead people into bondage and fear for the sake of power. And yes, it is for power. I know of what I speak and I do not wish to be under the thumb of theocratic spiritual snobs.

Ok, I’m off my soap box for now. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, thats a good thing. For those who understand, I offer hope to you. There is life after Patriocentricity.


Summer harvest August 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — m.rae.finch @ 11:28 pm

We have been getting so many juicy and  delicious things from our garden these past weeks!! Zucchini  especially, and we have green beans coming out our ears!! 


 Melissa’s  ” Three Sisters ”  corn, with pole beans, and assorted squash and pumpkins.



This small spider was catching a meal in the pea plants.


Gathering green beans…..


and snapping them.


We figured that the first crop of veggies pays for its self. The Eggplant ( Japanese and regular variety )  is good fried with matzo meal and added fresh tomatoes and cheese . The Zucchini sauteed and over hamburger in a casserole. The green beans steamed and in a chicken salad. That is what we have been enjoying all week.

Brought to you by Megan


I think I will start a fundraiser to pay my salary August 7, 2009

Filed under: as deep as it gets — m.rae.finch @ 12:46 am

This insane article  is so over the top, I just don’t know what to say. I am truly speechless, and that’s hard to accomplish.


Another reason to burn your TV August 5, 2009

Filed under: as deep as it gets — m.rae.finch @ 5:44 pm

I collect items of interest to remind myself of why technology and modern society aren’t always the end-all. Here’s another little tidbit  that ties in nicely with another post (with links)  I did a while back. Like anyone really needs someone to tell us this stuff, but most of us (myself included) usually ignore the obvious in pursuit of the two ‘E’ words; Entertainment & Escapism.


**Edited to add more of my rambling thoughts:

First, I have to say that I really love modern technology. Really. I am very fond of my indoor plumbing, electric ice cream maker and the medical miracle called “epidural”.  I just think most of us opt for the easy route too often in our lives. For example; it may take more work than watching a movie, but helping your kids plant some seeds in the ground and then helping with the work involved of taking care of their little plot of land will reap huge rewards for everyone. More rewards than a movie, that’s for sure!

The following theory is from personal experience. When my oldest five kids were little, they did not watch hardly any videos. *We have never really ever watched tv, only videos.* Now my younger set of littles have watched WAY more cartoons and movies etc… What I find interesting (in a bad sort of way) is that I have problems with my littles that I NEVER had with the older set. I used to think  it was because I was such a stellar parent- ha! Two things that are glaringly different are  1.attention span/boredom 2.tantrums/screaming . Is there a connection somehow? If you read the books I was referring to in my other post, you would see the connection.

Here is my favorite quote from the article:

“There is no fundamental biological need for TV-viewing in childhood,”



And the big ones are growing even more. July 22, 2009

Filed under: family happenings — m.rae.finch @ 11:29 pm



Anna is 9 years old.



Aaron is 10 1/2.



Matthew is almost 13.



Melissa is 14.



Megan is 15 and 3/4.


18 Years and Counting

Filed under: family happenings — m.rae.finch @ 12:30 am

Yesterday (the 20th)  was our 18th wedding anniversary. Brett bought me roses (18 of them!) and we had a fun day. We went out for breakfast at a cute little restaurant called The Cottage Cafe and I had my favorite- Eggs Benedict w/ avocado instead of the pork. It was wonderful! I think they make the best holandaise sauce. We then went shopping for some new clothes for both of us at the mall which we rarely do since we never have time!  We managed to fit in a movie (Night At The Museum 2) before we went to dinner at an awesome place called The White House. They serve Mediteranian food. Lots of garlic!!!  It was an extremely nice day. I haven’t been out doing that many things since Brett and I were first married! The older kids were great about babysitting the littles and it was kind of funny coming home every few hours to nurse Joel, but it worked out great. Here is a picture of us with the sweet flowers Brett gave me. Here’s hoping for 18+ more years!





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