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Parental Involvement


Is it important for parents to be involved? According to several research companies; one being Education.com it is. They list several benefits to involvement with your kids. Just to name a couple:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved academic achievements

Prior to researching the benefits, my husband Randy and I agreed early on in our marriage we would spend quality time with our kids. Some of the activities we do as a family are:


  • Serve our community as volunteers
  • When doing an activity, everyone participates (i.e. snow sledding, riding roller coasters, walking, riding bikes, hiking, swimming, etc.)
  • Help with homework, class projects, etc. or hire a tutor
  • Attend school field trips, plays, etc.
  • Eat meals together frequently
  • Attend church, read the Bible and pray together regularly
  • Support their extracurricular activities such as sports, dance, camps, play dates,etc.

Not only has been fun, but I believe it has helped our children to have confidence and do well in life.

I’d love to hear how your are involved your children’s lives, and how it has helped! Feel free to comment below.

PS Do you have a future Entomologist in your house? Teach them about insects while they learn to read. Introducing, “I Like Bugs!”

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Now available in paperback!

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cover-imageI Like To Eat Vegetables

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Free Kindle ebook version of J’aime Manger Les Legumes on Saturday, May 30, 2015 only!

Guest Blog by Mona Hodgson

I first met Mona at Mt. Hermon’s Writing Conference in 2010 when I attended her class on writing children’s books. Her dynamic teaching style allowed me to learn so much in just a few short days.

Mona is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels and novellas for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional. six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, six I Wonder books, and more.

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Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications.

Mona is a speaker for women’s groups, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians. And director of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.

Mona is an amazing woman balancing career, family, and ministry! Please welcome Mona Hodgson!

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It’s no secret that children learn by example.

We all do. Adults included.

Show me how to make an omelet. Let me see the ingredients spread out on the counter. Allow me to watch the process and technique you use, and you exponentially increase my chance of making a decent omelet.

Tell me how to make an omelet then send me home to my kitchen, and I may or may not recall all of the steps for success.

That’s likely true for all of us. And that truth certainly applies to children. Whether it was one of my toddling daughters repeating a new word in her language-learning-process or one of my grandsons picking up his plastic hammer like he’d seen his papa do with a man-sized hammer.

Being shown love, grace, forgiveness, compassion, hope, and truth through example rather than being told their importance or value is why we love stories. Human Interest stories put faces on the abstract numbers of people affected by an earthquake or tornado. The journey stories of Olympic athletes cause us to cheer for those who have overcome personal hardships or family tragedy to compete. A verbal warning about the dangers of greed or healing power of forgiveness is not nearly as effective as a story that shows consequences and results through a compelling character or cast of characters in a vivid story world, whether the story told is nonfiction or fiction.

Providing examples through story is one of the most effective ways to teach a child or share truth with an adult. It’s why I write historical fiction, but it is also what inspires me to write children’s books. I want to provide authentic characters, real or imaginary, who demonstrate the nature of humanity and highlight the grace of God. Stories of loss or failure, faith and hope. This desire led me to study the stories of various women featured in the Bible and write Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, published by Zonderkidz in their Faithgirlz line.

Through the stories of Bible women from the Old and New Testaments, girls (and women) learn that they are not alone on their journey. They come from a long line of strong girls—girls who struggled to know God and to follow His plan, just as they do. Learn more about Real Girls of the Bible and other story-rich resources at http://www.faithgirlz.com/shop/real-girls-of-the-bible-31-day-devotional/ and www.MonaHodgson.com.

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Summer Time


I can’t believe there’s less than 3 weeks until school is out! Yikes, where did the school year go?

With summer quickly approaching, I’ve searched for fun things to do with my kids. I wanted to share some ideas I came across with you.

1. Camping

2. Picnics

3. Beach or lakes

4. Hiking

5. Theme parks

6. Family vacation or “staycation”

7. Movies

8. Bowling

9. Miniature golf

10. Museums

11. Zoos

12. Aquariums

13. Fishing

Parenting.com also published a guide 10 Fun Things to Do with your Kids this Summer. I liked their suggestion of doing yard work or gardening together. I’ve included the link to their article if you’d want to read more.


If you live in Central California, there are many choices such as:

1. Santa Cruz Beach and Boadwalk – ocean, rides, bowl, arcade, mini golf or laser tag

2. Roaring Camp Railroad

3. Henry Cowell Redwood Park, Big Basin Redwood Park, or Nisene Marks Park

4. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seymour Marine Discovery Center or Monterey Bay National Marine Santuary

5. Farmer’s Markets

6. UCSC Farm, Wilder Ranch, Gizdich Farm, or Swanson’s Berry Farm

7. Skateboard or BMX bike parks

We also have some great nearby attractions:

1. Yosemite National Park

2. Lake Tahoe

3. San Francisco

4. Great America, Raging Waters, or Gilroy Gardens

5. Children’s Discovery Museum, Happy Hollow Park, or San Jose Giants

6. Sky High Jump or K1 Racing

I’m sure I missed more fun places. So, I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Blessings, Rebecca

PS I’m excited to introduce my new Kindle ebook releases:

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cover-imageJ’aime Manger Les Fruit

cover-imageJ’aime Manger Les Legumes

Also, I’m thrilled to announce I Like The Beach, Me Gusta El Oceano and Me Gustan Los Angles are available in paperback!

Children’s Books for Rancho de Sus Ninos



Our son, Austin, just returned from Tecate, Mexico where he and his entire 7th grade class served at Rancho de Sus Ninos orphanage. What an awesome experience! During their stay, they mixed and poured several yards of concrete, helped clean up the surrounding town, played with the children, and did skits for the community.


My husband, Randy, also brought clothes down from Dress A Girl Around the World and Dress A Dude as well as some Spanish children’s books. They were well received. In fact, before he left, the Director requested more clothes which we were able to secure this past Sunday.

Today, we received a request for 100 copies each of the Spanish children’s books for their teachers and students. Wow, this is a huge request! One of my favorite speakers, Joyce Meyer, says we should help others when we can. If we simply cannot fulfill the need on your own, she suggests we ask others to help. So, we are asking for your help financially with this request as it is simply too big for our family budget.

Here’s the breakdown:

cover-image Me Gusta Comer Vegetales $10×100=$1,000

cover-image Me Gusta Comer Fruta $10×100=$1,000

cover-image Yo Soy Bonita $10×100=$1,000

cover-image Me Gusta La Playa $10×100=$1,000

Total: $4,000 + shipping (?)

If you’d like to contribute to this cause, you can help by sending your donation to our Paypal account (Randy Krusee) by 5/30/15. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Blessings, Rebecca

Update 6/2/15

We were able to secure a discount on the purchase price from the printers from $10 to $4 per book. Also, we received a donation from the members of Hilltop Ministries. Thank you! We continue to trust God for the balance to meet their need.