The High King Lives

Hear the Writer Roar! Tuesday: Mom May 28, 2013

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Hello dear ones. I’ve decided to start featuring some of my poetry on Tuesdays. Today I start with a Mother’s Day Poem. Please do not copy. You can share a link to my blog though.  God bless & enjoy! ~Amber Dover



by Amber Dover

written on 5-11-13

     When I think of you

I think of dancing to the Jackson Five,

I think of pizza and ice cream

and the joy of being alive.

Like a flower you kept me

wild and free,

still gently urging

that I be the best me.

I think of you with sunsets

down an Indian Summer road.

I think of you with thunder

and sitting quietly in the cold.

I see you in my shadow

and I see you in the mirror,

even when we are apart

you will always be near.

For a mother’s love is timeless

and yours is certainly so,

Mom, I love you forever.

I just thought I’d let you know.


Ways to Help May 27, 2013

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Do you want to help those in need but don’t know how? Here are two sites, one to help paralyzed Veterans and another where you can help the tornado victims in Oklahoma and people in need all over the world.

Go up to Ways to give and select emergency aid. That will get you to where you can help Oklahoma.

Support Veterans is new to me but I’ve donated through World Vision for awhile. I trust them to help when they say they’re helping. I don’t trust every charity like that.  Anywho, it’s not always possible to help in person but we can support the people who are already there helping. Sometimes that helps more than personally going.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Happy Memorial Day: This is a Soldier

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Happy Memorial Day and thank you to soldiers and their families who daily make sacrifices. Here is a great video from Skit Guys called This is a Soldier. Email sub. please come to my blog to see the video. God bless & remember the High King lives & he made the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free.  ~Amber Dover

Skit Guys~This is a Soldier


My Family Rocks! Sunday: Redneck Drive-in, Repentance Corner, & Summer Fashion May 26, 2013

Hello dear ones! I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend and for many of you, your holiday. Thank you to those who have served our country. Happy Memorial day! First, I want to show off my big red hat. It reminds me of  Theodora’s hat in Oz, the Great and Powerful. Now, moving on.

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One thing I miss about my small hometown is the drive-in. We have one of the few drive-ins in Georgia. I saw many movies in the back of a pick up; either swatting mosquitoes in the Summer or covering with a blanket in the Winter. My favorite memory was seeing Jurassic Park 2 with my Dad. It was raining in the movie and the dinosaurs were about to jump out when it began raining at the Drive-In. We were inside my Dad’s small truck and it literally felt like we were in the movie. I was just waiting for a velociraptor to jump at the window.

When we go home we often visit the drive-in. I’ve noticed that the movie quality isn’t that great but the nostalgia is still there. The pizza still tastes like cardboard but there’s something fun about seeing the moon above the big screen. I want that feeling in my own yard. We don’t have a projector yet but I rigged up a redneck “drive-in” on our trampoline (minus the car). Chris was gracious enough to drag his dresser and our flat screen outside.

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I tied a tarp to whatever I could to make the tent and I added camo netting to the back to keep out mosquitoes that way. I lit a big citronella candle for the front. It’s not quite stable so I put our dinner in a basket. I put Chris’ lemonade in a mason jar with a cupcake liner on top to keep out bugs. Just add a straw and it’s down right ritzy! 🙂 Yeah, you can see how the organic thing is going…lol.

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Several weeks ago, I shared with you a parenting book. This week I have a few links to share and an idea that I believe to be a God thing.  The people who wrote “The Christian Parenting Handbook” have a website:

There are several good articles on there about dealing with specific behavior. I found the  article below to be very helpful. It’s titled “Taking a Break: A technique for Addressing the Heart.”

Taking a break is not the same as time out and it focuses on repentance. We’ve been using this technique lately and have  used it here and there in the past. When Michael misbehaves I try to let him cool down after he’s disciplined. Then we talk about why he got in trouble and we take time to pray that he’ll do better next time. It’s very important that he knows our approval and love isn’t based on his behavior. I often tell him that we love him no matter what he does. I also want him to know that bad behavior not only hurts him but also others. There are natural consequences. Chris and I aren’t perfect parents by far. We try and God gives grace.  Anywho, I decided to take this technique to the next level. Hence, Repentance Corner.

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Sometimes my son believes Satan’s lies just as I do at times. He will repeat things like “I can’t change”. Usually, I go into a long spill about how he can do better next time with God’s strength etc. I’m learning that I need to cut down the dialogue.  So I got this idea to write verses on index cards so Michael can read about the truth when he’s in the corner.

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For example, lying seems to be a big issue at this age. If I catch Michael in a lie he will usually get something taken away or miss out on family fun. He sits in the repentance corner and reads the verses about lying. Then he thinks about them and when he’s ready to change his attitude he will move to the next step. Below is the anger card.

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The next step is prayer. Michael is a Christian and he knows how to pray on his own but sometimes he doesn’t know how to put his feelings into words. So on the back of the cards I put a sample prayer that he can use or get inspiration from. This is where the repentance and heart change comes in. The Bible is clear that we need God’s help to change.

Jenn's Visit 2013 Tea party 028So I don’t expect to see change overnight but I’m believing for long term results. The Bible says God’s word never comes back void. So I know something good will come from this. There are cards that address faith issues too and these aren’t for discipline but rather comfort. I’m sure I will use them too. For example, there are cards dealing with self esteem and fear.

So I’ve been having fun watching hair and makeup tutorials on youtube. They’re actually quite calming.  I want to share a few ideas with you :).

  • Modest Bathing Suit

Jenn's Visit 2013 Tea party 049       So you probably can’t tell that I’m wearing a bathing suit in the pic above. It looks like a sundress but really it is my old bathing suit. The skirt part covers me but if I sit the wrong way it is inappropriate. I’ve worn long silky pants with it before but I looked ridiculous. I thought about cutting them into shorts when I found these black silky shorts. The material goes perfect with the suit.  The shorts came with my bumble bee costume from Fall Festival. Then so I could wear it out and about as a dress I just added a white shrug. At the time this was the only black “summer dress” I had. You can see from my first picture that I eventually got a new black dress to where with my red hat. Anywho, I can wear this out and about or I can swim in it without the shrug. The shorts keep people from seeing too much. Modest is hottest, right ;).

  • Taylor Swift inspired makeup

So you can’t see it very well but my eye bags are way too unsightly for a close up. I got this look from…

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This chic has several hair and makeup tutorials. She has an either Australian or British accent and it’s fun to listen to. Her attitude cracks me up. I will probably try more of her tutorials and let you know how they go :).

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  • Vintage Look~ Don’t laugh. I haven’t perfected this look yet. If I believed in channeling I’d be channeling Lucille Ball here.  I don’t have the right scarf for this and the SpongeBob pjs make me look like Olive Oyl from Popeye. The victory curls were tricky. My hair is so long so the curls are extra poofy. We shall call this attempt one…actually two. I didn’t take pictures of the first attempt. 😉

Jenn's Visit 2013 Tea party 053Here’s an “I Love Lucy” quote for the heck of it:

ETHEL: Do you think they could make a glamour girl out of me?

LUCY: Sure, it says right here “We work miracles.”

More quotes here:

I found the vintage hair tutorial on Pinterest. Here’s the link:

  • So I got this black dress at JC Pennies. I believe it was on sale. The red belt goes great with my hat. I really like my hat… I played around with exposure settings to make this pic look kewl and for my pasty whiteness to look porcelain. Ha! Nah, seriously don’t tell me to get a tan. I’m actually quite comfortable in my skin. I prefer to stay far away from cancer causing tanning beds.

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This chic does wonders with makeup. I’ve yet to try her tutorials. She goes kind of quick. Her makeup is so flawless it honestly looks photoshopped. The before and after shots are encouraging. I like seeing people without their makeup. It gives me hope lol.

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Well, that’s all the fashion I have for you today. Do you have any favorite Youtube fashion tutorials? Please do share.

Here’s a sneak peek of next Sunday (Lord Willing). My sister flew in this weekend and we had a tea party with my Mom. I got to wear another hat and it went well with my other JC Pennies dress. Michael is sporting his new Duck Dynasty shirt with “Uncle Si” on it. I started a trend lol.

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Anywho, we had a blast and I can’t wait to share it with you. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

PS: When’s the last time you’ve been to the Drive-in? Or have you ever been?


Virtual Friday: Macbeth May 24, 2013

Before I showed you how the virtual world of Second Life can help soldiers with PTSD. Today I want to share with you a place that may help your English assignment. Immerse yourself in “Macbeth” but be warned…something wicked this way comes.

Visit Macbeth (94, 150, 75)

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First off, Macbeth has always creeped me out and I scare easily. So this Sim was super creepy. You hear recordings of actors quoting lines from the book and some of the lines are unsettling.

Pictures in the maze representing Macbeth’s journey


Macbeth is a cautionary tale of where greed and desire for power can take you. Macbeth kills to become king and later becomes a serial killer. There’s a lot of symbolism and supernatural elements to this story. The Macbeth sim explores the symbolism. There are Macbeth books scattered throughout the sim and when you click on them they explain the scene you’ve entered and give you food for thought. If you’re writing a paper you will definitely find ideas here.

This is the throne room. You can see the witchly apparitions. Visitors are encouraged to sit on Macbeth’s throne, take a picture, and ponder the pleasure yet price of power. How does it feel to be king?


There’s many places to explore and some scarier than others.  Here’s the path of temptation. It starts out rosy…

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Then turns into pure evil. The words of Lady Macbeth scroll across the bottom. Her speech is a lot to memorize. It was my monologue once in an audition. Dark words for sure as she tempts her husband to kill Duncan.

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The end of the maze. I didn’t get many pictures. As educational as this was, I was ready to get my avatar safely home.

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Though it’s not my taste, the Macbeth Sim was well made and many talented  actors came together to make it happen. You’ve got to show this to your English teacher ;).

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Inspirational Wednesday: Who Are We Living For? May 22, 2013

1 Corinthians 10:31 31 So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor {and} glory of God.”

Hello beloved, I’ll be honest I’m struggling. Yesterday I wanted to throw up my hands. I literally thought, “Why do I keep doing all this when I meet resistance at every turn?” I’m not getting any gold stars and I’m not seeing much progress. What is the point? My emotions can be intense. I have to abide in God’s word daily to be a nice person. When I’m having a break down I know I need some high intensity abiding time…thirty minutes…an hour…will not do it. I’ve got to soak up God’s word and spend lots of time in worship or this ship will sink.

During some high intensity alone time with Jesus I heard this song by Steven Curtis Chapman. The video is below. Email sub. please come to my blog to see the link. The song is called “Do Everything”. It is a reminder of the verses that tell us to do everything for God. I really needed this. I love it when my Heavenly Father loves on me like this. Maybe I won’t see progress in this world or maybe I will but I’m not doing this life for other people or even myself. I’m living for Jesus and my reward is in Heaven. I don’t know what all the rewards are but I do know the greatest reward is Jesus himself.

Colossians 3:17 17 And whatever you do +[no matter what it is+] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus {and} in +[dependence upon+] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.”

So when you get like me and just want to quit, remember these verses and who you’re living for. Jesus Christ gave everything for us & we were created by Him. If anyone deserves allegiance it is Him. I will live for the King of Kings. The High King is my Lord!

Do Everything~ Steven Curtis Chapman

Well, I thought I’d do a post on idols because I’m doing this study by Kelly Minter called “No Other gods” but it’s not ready yet. Maybe soon…

God bless & remember the High King lives and He loves you!

~Amber Dover


Crafty Monday: Pentecost, Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook, & Lego Illusions May 20, 2013

Hello dear ones! I hope you’re week has started well :).  We celebrated Pentecost this week by doing a study on the Holy Spirit and mainly the fruit of the Spirit. Also I’ve got a bug study link at the end of this post.

Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook

Resources here:


Inside I had Michael trace Galatians 5:22-23 in cursive.

“22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Each flap has a fruit of the spirit on it. On the inside of the flaps, Michael wrote out a verse dealing with each fruit and I wrote the definition.


Game cards were put in the middle pocket for the Fruit of the Spirit game. The board is on the back. The cards each have a scenario on them in which a certain fruit should be used.


We watched “The Fruit of the Spirit” song on Psalty’s Praise Party Two video. Yep, it’s on VHS. We still have one of those.


We also did a study on Honesty found here:

We then talked about the gifts of the Spirit since at Pentecost we celebrate when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit.

This dove craft went nicely.


Later, we talked about the parable of the ten virgins and how their lamps were not ready with oil when the Bridegroom came. So they missed out on the wedding. This story represents people that are not ready when Jesus comes back. We talked about how we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit by having a relationship with Jesus.

Then we did this lamp craft:

020Chris had his 29th birthday May 13th. We celebrated with his favorite dessert, a dirt pudding “cake”.


011Michael had too much fun licking the plate! 🙂


May’s Lego Club was all about Optical Illusions. The teacher gave a short lesson on optical illusions. Then they got to building a couple. We were not prepared as you can tell from the Legos dumped everywhere. We managed to pull enough of what we needed. By the way, if you are new to this blog; has great online classes and clubs for homeschoolers.

001The Arch Optical Illusion. It’s supposed to look like the columns are on the same row. This would work better if it was flat.

004 The Penrose Triangle. It’s only possible on paper. I had to turn it at an angle to get the picture.

005 This is what it really looks like.



Pipe Cleaner experiment~ cut up several pipe cleaners and put them in a glass jar. Use a magnet to manipulate them.


026Michael should finish “The Hobbit” this week. We didn’t do any Hobbit crafts last week but maybe we will this time. We made a “pond” for our tadpoles in the back yard and set them free so to speak. We also let our earthworm go and planted his dirt near the “pond”. I never saw him/her but the soil looked like he/she had been working in it.

Our homeschool group made airplanes last week and we learned what makes them fly. It was good fellowship and fun.


Last May, we did a bug study unit by Danielle’s Place and also a couple that I made myself (spider & butterfly). We had lots of fun as you can see below. Check out the first bug study. Each post has links at the bottom to the next post. I just did that with a lot of my crafty posts.

Bug Study 2012 You can also see all of my crafty posts on my Pinterest page. Email sub. please come to my blog to see this link:

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


My Family Rocks! Sunday: Sherlock Holme’s Date Night May 19, 2013

Hello dear ones! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. I’ve got a great date to share with you and a few links for mystery lovers.  First off, I wanted to show you my Duck Dynasty shirt. I actually got two but the one below is my favorite. You know from Thursday’s post that I love Uncle Si. He reminds me of my Dad because of the beard and the crazy things he says. If Daddy were alive I’m sure he’d be a fan :).  My shirt says “I’m like an owl. I don’t give a hoot!”

052Chris picked our date out of the bucket last week and he chose Dating Diva’s Sherlock Holme’s date. You can find out how they did theirs here:


First, Chris made us grilled chicken salad and bread sticks for supper. We listened to an old Sherlock radio show here:


Then we played “Clue” on Family Game Night for PS3. The game suggested by Dating Diva’s cost money now so we switched things up.

Next, we actually watched the 2nd Sherlock Holme’s movie: A Game of Shadows.  I think Robert Downey Jr. is so funny.  Here’s a few  memorable quotes:

[after Holmes throws Mary off the train, Watson turns around and sees his wife gone]

Sherlock Holmes: It had to be done. She’s safe now! In my own defense, I timed it perfectly-!

[Watson lunges at him and starts throttling him]

Dr. John Watson: Did you kill my wife?

Sherlock Holmes: [muffled, tries to respond]


Sherlock Holmes: [forces Watson’s hand away] Of course not!

Dr. John Watson: What do you mean? How do you know that, when you just threw her off a train?

Sherlock Holmes: I told you, I timed it perfectly!

Dr. John Watson: What does that mean?

Sherlock Holmes: Calm down!

Dr. John Watson: Explain!

Sherlock Holmes: By the time I explained, we’d both be dead!

That’s my favorite part of the movie :). We actually didn’t finish the movie. Chris had Philosophy homework. Then somehow we got into a talk about self defense and Chris showed me how I could use my opponents body weight to flip them. I had no idea it was so easy. I keep trying to trick Chris into that position so I can flip him but he’s on to me.

Anywho, Chris was exhausted from the day and went to bed but I was itching for a mystery. I googled “I need a mystery to solve” and this neat website came up:

5 Minute Mystery is a super neat site. You can create your own mystery league. There are tons of mysteries to read and try to solve. Each one is timed. You go through and mark the sentences that either exonerate or incriminate one of the suspects.  You get points this way and you get more points if you name “who dunnit” correctly. They keep track of your scores so you can compete with others for top sleuth.

Do you like to pretend your a detective too? I’d love to hear about it :).

Mother- Son date night ~ Chuck E Cheese’s

Michael and I had our date night at one of my favorite places a couple weeks ago, Chuck E Cheese’s. I remember loving this place as a kid. I still like it. When I was little I’d entertain mischievous thoughts of pulling Chuck E’s tail when he passed by (he’s a mouse by the way). I was probably Michael’s age. I shared that with him and he thought it was rather funny ;)!


I have to admit…Michael had a hard time pulling me off of Guitar Hero. “Please son, just one more game! Please! Mommy’s a rock star!”  After getting a hundred tickets we left and visited the pet store because everyone knows that’s the redneck zoo/aquarium. Seriously, that’s such an easy win for kiddo date nights. That and the book store. Chris usually takes Michael to the book store and then they grab a coffee or visit Krispy Kreme to watch donuts being made. Sigh…I love America. What are you favorite date night ideas with kiddos? Please leave me some comment love pretty please.


Mother’s Day we took a trip to Auburn and enjoyed our favorite park. We also stopped at Earthfare because every once in awhile we strive to be organic.


066I had never noticed the chimes before…very neat.




Things have been somewhat quiet around here. I guess we are in the Spring slump but Summer is on it’s way and with it comes bucket lists and lots of fun. I can’t believe Summer is on us already. The weather has been so tricky…me thinks Spring is just a springin’. I think we’re finally past the point of using the heater at night. I wonder if we will be using the AC through Fall.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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Virtual Friday: Beyond Second Life May 17, 2013

In this Post: Several articles & videos about the metaverse, changes in SecondLife  talked about on, and I get out of my little box and explore other virtual worlds besides Second Life. Come along for the adventure!

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Note: I am not an expert at the technological aspects of the metaverse. I’m only sharing what I’ve read and experienced.

Hello dear ones and welcome to Virtual Friday! I decided to interrupt my new series on the educational aspect of Second Life so I can share a bit of metaverse news.  What is the metaverse?

“The Metaverse is a collective online shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space,[1] including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the internet.”


Second Life is pretty much the mother of the Metaverse. It pretty much brought this idea to life of a new world in cyberspace. A place where people from all over the world could meet, work, and create. You may say, well the internet does that, but these virtual spaces are quite different from text on a screen or flat pictures on Facebook.  In the metaverse people are able to create what they can not in the physical world. They are able to express themselves in fantastical ways. It is a place where one’s imagination becomes reality and other people can enter that reality. There is an economical and business aspect of these virtual worlds. People make their living here and big companies invest in the Metaverse.

   There has been much discussion in the Metaverse about the state of Second Life. Many believe Linden Labs will eventually fall. The price of tiers in Second Life is ridiculous and it seems since the change in leadership Linden Labs is trying to make Second Life into a game.  It has never been a game though there are games in it. It is a world full of places created by other users. Some sims have games. Some sims have art galleries and universities. There are people learning how to speak other languages in virtual classrooms. Some sims have shopping centers and some have concert halls. While many are role playing lands Second Life can’t be lumped into one category as a game. There isn’t one objective where you try to win or advance. Second Life can be whatever you want it to be.  I hope Linden Labs will keep Second Life true to what it was in the beginning. Many people make a living from their jobs in Second Life. It would be sad to oust a whole community of users who have been around for years just to make a profit. There are plenty of virtual games out there but few virtual worlds in the Metaverse that have the quality and diversity of Second Life.

So because of the constant doomsdayers I’ve decided to branch out into other virtual worlds…just in case Second Life does fall. I’ll share more about that later. I really enjoy the quality of Second Life and I hope it does survive. I pray Linden Labs will listen to the people. There are a few developments that have my hopes high. Designing Worlds, a tv show in the virtual world, has an episode talking about changes in Second Life. The changes are supposed to significantly up the visual quality inworld.  For those interested, here is a link to the show:

By the way, if you want to watch machinima and interesting shows about the virtual world, is a great place to do it. You can even watch snail races, which is a big sport in Second Life.

Will Second Life use Oculus Rift? It looks like that’s coming in the future. What is Oculus Rift? Imagine being completely immersed in a virtual world by wearing head gear. You’ve most likely heard of these devices before but imagine using that in Second Life. It’s one thing to be able to use Oculus Rift in a game where there are certain objectives and you have limited control but on the grid, where the skies the limit? Other devices work with the arms and such. We already have similar tech with the Nintendo Wii and such but people are still aware of their real surroundings. I’m telling you, SL already feels somewhat real just staring at the screen in a dark room. I can only imagine what it’d be like with Oculus Rift. The question is how expensive will this be and how long before it’s compatible with SL?

Check out this article on hypergridbusiness and the video of a 90 year old woman trying out the technology:

For any fellow Christians who have seen the end times movies that show virtual reality being used as the mark of the beast, well this is a bit scary.  I have no clue if this technology will ever be used in that way but I believe most anything can be used either for good or evil. I hope to show on my blog, that the metaverse can be used for good and even for spreading the gospel. It is a mission field…a new world with many opportunities. It’s a bit of a jungle. You’ve got to know how it works and what’s safe.

Moving on…I signed up for three virtual worlds and here are my experiences with them:


Inworldz was my second world to explore but I liked it the best. It was the closest to what I have experienced in Second Life. I have to laugh at being a noob/ newbie again. It’s been 4 and a half years since I was a newbie in Second Life. I’ve learned a lot in that time so it was pretty embarrassing to start again in a new world….to show up with a crappy avatar that walks like a drunk cat. Also there was this sign above my head that said “Help me!”.

Okay, so even though it’s a virtual world, I still have my pride. This was rather humbling for me. There were all these experienced Inworldz people there to help us newbies. So when a girl tried to help me I just asked her for a notecard with instructions and a quiet place to gather my thoughts. I mumbled about how I have a nice house in Second Life and a pretty avatar…how I’ve been there for a long time. How embarrassing it was to be a noob again. I probably sounded like an idiot. I ended up needing more help than I thought but once I was pointed in the right direction I went on the search for the perfect shape and skin.

I was sad to see how limited the choices were…especially for child avatars. I guess I’m a bit of a virtual snob because I didn’t like any of the child avatars and their clothes. I determined this after searching for hours. But keep in mind that Second Life is about to celebrate it’s tenth birthday and Inworldz is fairly new.  I think it’s in it’s third or fourth year. So it’s going to take awhile for them to build up their businesses and such. Child avatars are controversial anyways. I’ll go into that later. I chose to become an adult avatar. I’m not very satisfied with her but I didn’t want to spend too much money in a new world. By the way, Inworldz has a similar monetary system to Second Life. Instead of Lindens they use Izzies. It’s a bit cheaper.


I found the search engine to be adequate and I spent the rest of the night finding a place to live. Cheap places were hard to find…especially apartments. I found an old trailer park and paid for a week. I was disappointed by the owner who never added me to the group. So I couldn’t put any furniture down. A couple of days later I found an open house (meaning no doors & limited privacy) but it was big and super cheap. All of my furniture except the paintings are from freebie shops.  So far Inworldz is agreeable but it does not have as much as SecondLife. Maybe I will find a few good places later and share them with you.

It would be great if Inworldz had a database of all their places so it’d be easy to find what you want. Also, certain sims would shut down or had disappeared altogether though they were on the welcome card. This world is not completely stable.  If it can grow then maybe it will be as successful and enjoyable as SecondLife in the near future.  I just wish it had an open grid where you can teleport to other worlds. Instead Inworldz is closed off just like SecondLife. It’s an island to itself in the metaverse.



First, I’ll say the one thing I liked in OSGrid. When I arrived they had easy instructions. I wasn’t embarrassed by a bunch of people trying to help me. I realize this is a personal preference. Some people may prefer having an actual person help them.  Because I’ve been “virtual” for several years I like my privacy.  So I just followed the signs.


Now onto the negatives. Unfortunately, I don’t have much good to say about OSGrid.  First, they have banned child avatars.  I don’t mean actual children. I mean adults choosing a child like avatar. I realize that child avatars are controversial but there are enough rules in SL to keep people from misusing the avatars. I’ve found that many people who choose to be a virtual child (including myself) do so because they want the non-sexual and innocent side of the virtual world. Some are reliving their childhood. I personally don’t like the immodest clothing and figures of adult avatars. I find that as a child avatar less weirdos try to talk to me. And if they do I can report them because SL is strict about how child like avatars are treated. The sims made just for child avatars are always g-rated and fun.

So I don’t see how OSgrid thinks it’s protecting children online when real life children aren’t allowed to be in these virtual worlds anyways.  These child avatars are real life adults. It’s no different than people who choose to have an animal avatar but they aren’t banned. By the way, I tried out an animal shape for the fun of it…a little girl mouse. I hated it so I eventually found a decent woman avatar.

Secondly, OSgrid has the worst lag I’ve seen. Every time I got on it took a good while for my clothing to load and several times I got kicked off.

Thirdly, the search engine isn’t limited to OSgrid. It’s basically takes you to a google like engine. I need to be able to search for places in OSgrid and not worry about everything else popping up. I had the hardest time finding places. I’m wondering if OSgrid really doesn’t have many places or if they are too complicated to find.

Fourthly, there is no monetary system except ones others have set up and they aren’t very secure. I love to shop virtually and I can’t do that in OSgrid. Forget trying to find a house. It took me forever just to get decent clothes.

If OSgrid can fix it’s lag issues then maybe I’ll give it another chance. I’m glad it’s an open grid but I don’t see how anyone can handle the confusion….especially those completely new to virtual worlds.



I don’t have any pictures. I was never able to get it running. Kitely is cloud based…which doesn’t make any sense to me. It costs money to set up your own region and some regions charge their visitors for visiting. I tried to enter a couple of free worlds via the website but either the Kitely plug in or the third party viewer didn’t work.  Kitely seems to be popular but until I can get in it I don’t know what to think. Should it be so hard just to get started? Kitely doesn’t seem to be very new comer friendly.  If I have any luck later I will let you know.

In conclusion, I truly hope Second Life can clean up it’s act and stick around. I really enjoy many of the sims there. But if SL does eventually fall I sure hope these other virtual worlds have stepped up their game. I hope it will be easier in the future to get a place on the grid and to world jump. I hope it won’t be so expensive.  For now, I’m staying put in SL but I will continue to explore other worlds when I can.

Fire Escape playground

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Crafty Monday: The Hobbit, Lilacs, and Magnetism May 14, 2013

*Note: I did not realize at the time that runes came from the occult. I apologize if I caused anyone to stumble and I discourage any use of runes.  Oct 6th, 2013 edit.

Hello dear ones and a late happy Mother’s day! Michael is still reading The Hobbit so I wanted to further encourage him by making a lapbook. I was inspired by this blog:

I will include my Pinterest with more ideas at the end of this post. The front of the lapbook has The Hobbit written in runes and Bilbo’s name written in Elvish. We’ve been tracking Bilbo and the gang’s journey on the map. On my Pinterest you will find a link to  help map Bilbo’s journey.

047On the back I pasted pictures of the dwarves. Gandalf and Bilbo were found through Google search. I copied the Misty Mountain’s Cold song from the book and pasted the lyrics.


Home Grown Learners’ blog has the link for translating runes. I copied the message I had typed and had Michael translate it with the key.  It says “Mommy loves Michael more than dwarvish treasure.”



He had so much fun that he decided to translate the runes on Bilbo’s map. It’s 6 lines long and took awhile but Michael was so excited.  He’s been writing in runes ever since….leaving notes for us here and there.


Michael reads a chapter a day. I printed out The Hobbit vocabulary words and a question sheet. He answers three questions per chapter. The vocab. is just for reference.

034We went online to the Lord of the Rings name generator. Michael’s hobbit name was Perom Goatcloset of the Shire. He was most proud of his dwarvish name though.


We practiced singing “Misty Mountains Cold” and downloaded the music.


Michael’s also been copying parts of the book. This was the sloppiest of them all but I thought it was a wonderful line to copy.  Michael’s been doing this on his own and I’m happy that he’s so enthusiastic.



Lord willing, we will have more Hobbit fun next week ;).


Painting with magnets


Q-tip Lilac painting



Michael’s still doing the typing program I told you about awhile back. I really like how it keeps up with his progress and shows which letters he got wrong.


Science~ Fun with Magnets

We are still having fun with the magnetic science kit my sister sent. We did several experiments last week. Here’s one you can try…

You will need a strong magnet, anything iron, a ruler, a steel knife, plastic wrap, fabric, aluminum foil, and cardboard.

025First we slowly inched the big magnet towards the iron. We marked where the iron came to the magnet. Then we put the different items in front of the magnet and tested if it changed where the iron met the magnet.

028Lastly, we tried the steel knife. Only it changed the magnetism by a small bit.


Michael read “The Magic School Bus: Amazing Magnetism“.


We’ve been preparing for Pentecost (it’s tomorrow actually). Michael has been studying the story of Ruth and also of Hannah.


Little man got his A.W.A.N.A.’s award at church.

003Then had fun afterwards. I had to get home but I think he’s throwing a pie….not sure.


It was another laid back week. As I promised, here’s the Pinterest link for your own Hobbit adventures ;).

The Hobbit Pinterest Link~ remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the link.

God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover