The High King Lives

11th Anniversary Age of Adaline Date September 30, 2015

In this post: All the details on our Age of Adaline date plus anniversary pictures, and chalkboard door art.


Hello dear ones! I know it’s been a good while since my last post. I promise I haven’t forgotten you. I have so much to share with you and a lot of catching up to do. I wanted to skip ahead and share this extra special date. I hope it inspires you. Here’s how we celebrated our 11th anniversary, our Age of Adaline date (based on the movie).

Lover’s silhouette chalkboard art~ I used the silhouette from a picture of Chris and I. You’ll see the picture on the collage poster board I made. It’s in the middle


Anniversary Collage Poster Board~ I printed out black and white pictures of us throughout the years. I glued pieces of old wall paper I found at Goodwill, onto poster board from The Dollar Tree. I put a poem I had written in the middle.

Here is the poem. You may link to this post, but don’t copy it. Thanks!

The Story of Us” by Amber Dover

“Let everyone see, the rhythm and rhyme of you and me. As we grow old, every storm we can weather. Let us never go cold, because we’re better together. Every kiss is a song, of the sweetest pain. The roses and the thorns; we two remain. I love you.”


My first set for our date.


The set after we went antique shopping.




My Vintage Look

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I did as many finger curls on my head as I could. I used a peach lipstick. I added a peach belt to a dress I had to give me that 1940’s style. The big necklace Chris bought me the night before from a street vendor, a lady handmade it.

The Agenda


The night before our Adaline date we got in the vintage mood by listening to jazz live at The Loft in down town. I attempted to put victory curls in my hair but it didn’t turn out quite right.IMG_4601






Me reading to the kids when we got back.


Age of Adaline Date (what I got pictures of)

    • Antique shopping

The guys and I went antique “window” shopping (meaning we didn’t buy anything at this place).






Messing around…






We did pay to check out the lunchbox museum.







We finished with lunch at Steak n Shake because it always has a vintage feel. Then my parents got Michael so Chris and I could have some romance.


Here’s my anniversary present: a vintage type writer from either the 1930’s or 1940’s. It works too. We got it at a thrift store.

    • Read Braille



    • Gigi’s cupcakes~ Wedding Cake is an amazing flavor!



    • chili dogs and cream soda


    • Romantic photos






    • Star gazing

We used the star app on my tablet.

    • Speak Portuguese ~We looked up “I love you” and I wrote it on the type writer


  • Poetry and slow dancing I didn’t get pictures of

Random funny pic of Leeland partying with us.


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

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Christmas Date Ingredients December 15, 2014

Hello dear ones! I hope you’re having a lovely Christmas season. Chris and I had a big holiday date and I want to share the ingredients with you.

I made a list of fun couple activities. I’ll share the list and fonts I used. Also I’ll share links where I got certain ideas and printables. Heads up: most of this date is for married folk.


Christmas Date
*Visit the mall
*Buy stocking stuffers for each other
*Couple pics in photo booth
*Buy ugly sweaters
*Eat at a restaurant
*Christmas light scavenger hunt
*Watch a Christmas movie and play scrabble
*Special treats under the tree
*Dance to Christmas music
*Mistletoe kissing

I used fonts #1 and #8 from this site to make my list look pretty:

I printed the list in green and red and then cut out the words and pasted them to a new paper. Unfortunately, I’m unable to attach the document so you’ll have to type it yourself.  You’ll probably want to customize the date anyways.

We used several ideas from The Dating Divas. I really love their site. A couple of these are for later in the season.

  • Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt:
  • Santa’s Cookies (a game for married folk):
  • Hot Cocoa Love Note (for married folk):
  • 12 days of Christmas:
  • 12 days of sexy Christmas (married folk):

You can see all the date ideas I find here:

and all the dates we’ve tried (a few original to us) here:



We had to switch up a few things. None of the photo booths worked right so we decided to take our couple pic at home by the tree. I have an ornament that I’m going to put the picture in. We decided to get some cute Christmas t-shirts instead of ugly sweaters. I have Olaf and Chris has a minion. We found them in the mens’ section at Walmart (hey it’s comfortable and I am bigger from pregnancy! :P).

I left ornaments in the oven and we had to hurry home to make sure the house hadn’t caught fire (pregnancy brain!). Thankfully the house was fine. Praise God! We then got a box of Krispy Kremes because I had a craving and we drove around the city to look at lights. We found almost everything on the scavenger hunt list. I’m a little disappointed by the lack of spirit on my street. I think I should be the light police and leave notices (Hey, you have 24 hours to get lights up, even one cheap strand from the Dollar store!).

We don’t actually have Scrabble but we borrowed UpWords from my mom. It’s very similar to Scrabble except you can build words on top of one another. I think I like it better. I didn’t have mistletoe either but I hung fake holly in our bedroom (it’s close enough). Now our son uses it to give sloppy kisses to me, the cat, and the dog! Ha!

There are a few romantic and fun Christmas songs out there. Here are my favorites:

  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  • Christmas Cookies (from Duck the Halls cd)
  • All I Want For Christmas is You (Mariah Carey)
  • Santa Baby
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Let it Snow
  • The Christmas Song
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies are great for snuggling and Netflix has several cute romantic Christmas movies. There’s still plenty of time left for Christmas romance. The 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and end on January 5th. There’s also time to make a special stocking for your spouse. Maybe next year I’ll make an Advent calendar just for my hubby. It’s a lil late for that now.

We had lots of fun and I hope you do too. It’s so easy to get caught up in the season and forget your spouse. There are so many family activities and if you have kids, it’s hard not to just focus on them. But spouses need attention too. Marriage is such a beautiful gift from God. So go ahead and show your soulmate some Christmas love ;)!

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


The Hunger Games Date Night March 25, 2014

Hello dear ones! Today I’m reviewing the Dating Diva’s Hunger Games date night. I gave it the “Amber touch”.  This date was perfect paired with Catching Fire, the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy.  You can find all the printables here:

I really liked the second movie because it felt truer to the books. Catching Fire showed the evil of the Capitol. The games weren’t as glamorous.  Okay, so this date night wasn’t anti-games at all. Chris and I went to war ;). But it was all in good fun.

First, I had to add my touch by putting together my Katniss outfit. It’s not quite like her’s but it works. I donned a leather jacket, boots, and I braided my hair.  I set the scene with a cornucopia in the arena. I didn’t have much to work with…literally a basket, a plastic cloth, and Annabelle’s baby pen. I filled the cornucopia with our “weapons” for the “games”. 

I met Chris at the door in my outift, with Hunger Games music, and said “Welcome to the 75th annual Hunger Games. May the odds ever be in your favor!”

We took the Hunger Games quiz and put our names in the reaping cup for every time we missed an answer. Our names were in the cup several times so we were destined to be in the games. We had a nice feast on the way to the “Capitol”. We started the movie then paused it half way to go to the “arena”.  The games included: Career Dodge Grenade, Tracker Jacker Tag, Camoflauge Cookies, Nerf Gun Wars, & a Knot Tying Competition. 


We had a blast. My favorite game was Tracker Jacker Tag. I don’t want to spoil anything for you but I will share this one game. We each had stickers for Tracker Jacker stings. We set a timer and played tag. Chris won for sure as you can see in the picture. We laughed so much. What a creative idea. Thank you Dating Divas for another awesome date!

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

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Harry Potter Date Night October 6, 2013

In this Post: An interactive Harry Potter date Night (actually weekend) with lots of good food. We found Diagon Alley! Also my view and words of caution on the spirituality in Harry Potter. 

Hello dear ones! I’m excited to bring you this post because I worked very hard on this date weekend. But I also want to make sure that I am not a stumbling block and that you understand my view on certain aspects of Harry Potter.  First off, I got several of my ideas from amazing blogs and meshed them together. I will be sharing the links but if you want to find them all together go here:

Okay, only part of this picture is going to show up on my page but I wanted a big picture to see in the reader and to use for Pinterest. Just click on it to see the big picture.  I’ll be showing these pics individually too.  After my view on Harry Potter I will show you how I brought this together and our schedule for the weekend. I have so much to show you! So come along  and don’t get lost ;).


  • My view on Harry Potter spirituality as briefly as possible: Harry Potter is a work of fiction and a majority of the “magic” in the movies (I’m still working on the books) is pure fantasy. BUT and it’s a big but (lol) Harry Potter does contain some real witchcraft and occultic practices. My Dad dabbled in the occult before he became a minister. After he was a minister and HP came out he forbid me to watch the movies. I’m glad too because I was very spiritually immature and I was drawn to the occult. Thankfully God kept me from things. But I was the kid who probably would’ve googled runes and spells . I had a dangerous curiosity.  As a spiritually mature adult (at least more mature than then), I can enjoy the HP movies about an orphan boy who challenges a Nazi like dictator. I can also enjoy the fun of quidditch, flying broomsticks, and private school life.  Those outfits are adorable :).

Me with the sorting hat on and sporting my Gryffindor shirt and scarf. I’m holding a book of poetry for my school book.

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  • So what’s the danger in Harry Potter? What’s real “magic”? Tea leaf reading and fortune telling of any kind opens up the demonic and is evil. Runes were made specifically for the occult and open up the demonic (which makes me sad for my beloved Lord of the Rings. I didn’t know that about runes til recently).  They were made for pagan worship and occult practices.  Talking to the dead aka familiar spirits is forbidden in scripture because “ghosts” (familiar spirits) are actually demons. The Bible is clear that there is no in between Heaven and Hell, when you die.

The Scarecrow as Harry Potter

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  • I believe the spells in Harry Potter are just Latin words but I’m not sure.  But it is possible that HP could be the gateway drug so to speak that pushes someone to look into real chants and spells. And I’ve heard of people that did take that plunge.  It is rare I hope but still I say proceed with caution…especially when it comes to spiritually immature kids.  Potions seem innocent and kind of silly. In Harry Potter they are but drugs and the occult go hand in hand. It’s dangerous to experiment with drinking strange mixtures.  This isn’t in Harry Potter but in reference to other films that glorify the occult: drinking blood is gross and evil. It opens up the soul to demons. Now, I would hope that all my readers understand that but I just had to say it.  Lastly, alchemy is occultic. The “wizard” that found the Philosopher’s stone was an actual real life alchemist and the philosopher’s stone is a real occultic legend.

Michael enjoying his chocolate frog and every flavor beans. He was there for part of the date. 

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  • So I say all this to say, proceed with caution. I let my son see a few of the first movies but it was after a long chat about the real life dangers of the occult.  You can find occultic practices peppered through most of the media. So this is an ongoing chat I’ll be having with my son. Even if I forbid any movie with the occult (Fairy tales included if you want to get technical), I would still want to talk to Michael about the reality of the occult and to beware. I think it’s dangerous to plunge into the media world without guidance and precautions. 
  • Another thing, and this goes for Super Man and any hero character in the movies (Harry Potter etc..), it’s important to know why we root for these characters. Also it’s good to remember that there is only one savior and that’s Jesus. I try to stress to Michael that he should never idolize these characters or try to model his life after them.

Okay, now to the Date!

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  • The Set~I got my inspiration for the Great Hall from this site:

I didn’t have LED candles so I tried real candles and it was beautiful. But I could only light them before we sat down because of the dripping wax. I didn’t think of that :(. Thankfully I had a plastic cloth over the couch. I hung the candles with black thread and push pins. It was a dangerous endeavor where I frequently got bonked on the head!

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The candles are supposed to appear to be floating. Mine do not but still I felt like the Great Hall was in our living room :).  Blue and red plastic cloths from the dollar store and owl candle holders from Michael’s craft store really brought this together. I sprinkled star confetti everywhere for that “magical” (the fake kind) feel. I labeled each area. I printed out the house symbols and pasted them on construction paper for the coat of arms. Then I hung them along the back. The wall is made of black paper and grey paint for stones. I got the Gryffindor tie idea from:

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Potions class and Ollivander’s Wand shop were over by the piano, along with some Nimbus 2013 brooms.

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I didn’t want to have any real wands or to pretend to do potions. So I bought these key chain wands that have a light. The potion bottles are goofy Halloween decor from the Dollar Tree.  I bought my two owls online.

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The brooms were in the Halloween section of Target. I used a Sharpee to write “Nimbus 2013” on them.

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Under the TV, I put up a brick backdrop (from the craft store)  and red plastic cloth. Then I decorated it with various Harry Potter items.

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I’ve got the Quibbler and “spectrespecs” (Luna’s glasses). I found Quibbler pages online and the goofy glasses were at the Dollar Tree.

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I bought the scarf online. It has either the Gryffindor crest or Hogwarts crest on it. I got the Harry Potter Lego games on sale. I simply put one of my owls in a decorative bird cage I already had. You can find the cages at craft stores. I sprinkled star confetti everywhere. You can see my chocolate frog boxes.

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The sorting hat is a witch’s hat that I found in Target and I used a silver Sharpee to draw his face.

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You can’t forget the Ministry of Magic. Harry Potter fans, you know one of the ways that you magically get there.  Yep, that’s the toilet. I found the sign online. A bit of Harry Potter humor for ya!

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Now, how do we get to Hogwarts? Well, we take the train by platform 9 3/4 which is a magical brick wall.  So I covered our front door with the brick paper.

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I got several of my labels (including food boxes you’ll see later) at:

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A prop that came later…the Marauder’s Map. Harry Potter uses this map to see where people are in the castle. I stained my map with tea. I found the map and idea here:

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Of course, you have to have  all 8 dvds (Year 7 is split into two parts) to have a Harry Potter movie marathon. But I didn’t want us to just sit on our bottoms for two days. So I found these owl printables here:

and I wrote down a schedule that would  go with each movie. The first owl for years 1-4 and the second one for years 5-7. Owls deliver mail in the movies.

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More on our schedule later…

I made Chris a howler invitation. A howler is a letter that speaks for itself. I couldn’t find any simple instructions online so I just shaped the paper the best I could.  See the lips, teeth, and tongue?

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To be silly, I talked for it as well. I used my best Dolores Umbridge impression.

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  • Food! Oh this was my favorite part. I wanted to create a big feast for the Great Hall and I wanted to make some of the candy that’s sold at Hogwarts.

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Chocolate frogs are a must and super easy. I bought a frog mold online. Then I printed out the boxes and colored them. Remember I posted the label link above?

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I added caramel. These were a hit! They don’t hop away either :).

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Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans~ these were the easiest to make because I didn’t make them :). I bought Jelly Bellies and put them in a different box. I got the box and label at the same link as the frog boxes.

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Magic Wands~ I saw these on other blogs. You just dip big pretzel sticks in white chocolate.

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Butterbeer is a famous non-alocholic drink served at The Three Broomsticks. It’s super sweet. The guys liked it better than me.

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It only took 3 ingredients and you can find the recipe here:

I found the small broomsticks in the craft section. I frosted our glasses in the freezer.

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I made these delicious cornish hens in the slow cooker. They just screamed “feast”!

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I got the recipe here:

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I mixed up a large bowl of Alfredo pasta and I added shrimp cooked with this recipe (minus the other pasta):

Both of the recipes required white cooking wine. A bowl of green beans balanced it out. I could eat the shrimp all day. We ate on this the next week. It was a lot of food!

The next morning we had a breakfast for champions. It included grits and Apple Pie French Toast.

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The schedule for the neatest Harry Potter date ever! At least in my opinion ;).

  • Visit Diagon Alley to pick up school books. In HP, Diagon Alley is where you get all you need for wizard school. Chris and I visited downtown to see if we could find “Diagon Alley”. I was super excited to find two shops that really had an old feel to them. It was indeed magical (in the good way).  PS: Chris and I are wearing Gryffindor t-shirts that I found online.

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I already did a whole post on the antique and jewelry store.  That was quite a find all by itself. The jewelry is very unique.

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The most Harry Potter-ish find was the book store. And it was another God surprise (often God does little things to surprise me. Some call these God-winks). Low and behold! What was in this old book store? A suit or armor with a Harry Potter scarf on him! My, was I ecstatic at the find!

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The whole store had a quirky charm. Books were spilling out everywhere!

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Here’s an old creepy photo from Civil War times. It’s signed too.

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I found this great Harvard Poetry book from around the 1930’s or earlier.  Doesn’t it just look Harry Potter-ish?!

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  • Then we went to the Great Hall for a feast and the first Harry Potter movie: The Philosopher’s Stone.

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  • We also got sorted into our houses. I already showed you my sorting picture. Here’s Michael and Chris’.  The sorting hat puts people into their teams/houses.

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  • We watched the 2nd movie: The Chamber of Secrets and then wrote each other love notes (really poems from my poetry book) in invisible ink.  We didn’t have any luck with lemon juice or crayon resist methods. They were barely legible. In the end, we just read our poems to each other.  It was a brilliant idea anyways.

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I also found something interesting in my poetry book, a poem about Trelawny. What another neat find! There is a professor Trelawny in Harry Potter! Remember I had just bought this book…so completely unplanned!

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  • We watched # 3: The Prisoner of Azkaban  and then played Lego Harry Potter years 1-4 on PS3. We also posed for pictures in the Daily Prophet (HP newspaper). We did our most insane Sirius Black impressions.

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  • We were too tired to watch #4 so we saved it for the next morning. We watched #4 The Goblet of Fire and had our Breakfast  feast for Champions.  The Goblet of Fire is about the Triwizard Tournament. So it fit. I already showed you the apple pie french toast and grits.

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  • We then had a quidditch match. We used broom sticks to hit the ball into the hoop. The snitch was the prize for the winner. I taped feathers to a golden wrapper candy to make it.

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I cheated and flew up there ;). Yes, it was very hard to get that ball through the hoop. So hard that we never did.

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Our game was cut short by the evil Nagini!  Nagini is the horrible snake in Harry Potter. Ours was simply a rat snake but he died anyways. We thought he was a rattler at first. It was super freaky to see him hiss after his head was cut off. Go Chris for defeating Nagini!

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  • #5 The Order of the Phoenix ~ we trained for Dumbledore’s army by playing Lego Harry Potter years 5-7.
  • #6 The Half Blood Prince~ We read The Quibbler and I had a photo shoot as Luna Lovegood :). She’s one of my favorite characters. The kitty joined me. Chester reminds me of Professor Mcgonagall.

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Inside The Quibbler

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  • Lastly, we had a lovely dinner of left overs and watched # 7 part one and two.  Then we used a drawing tutorial to draw Dobby, the house elf. He’s my other favorite. I cried when he died :(.

Mine is on the left and Chris’ is on the right. He deviated from the tutorial. So I wanted to try again.

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Here’s my best Dobby picture.

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We actually both fell asleep during the last movie. The marathon was just too long. But we had a very fun date weekend. It was full of many surprises…some good…some creepy. I hope you had fun with us.

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

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Pirates of the Caribbean Date Night July 14, 2013

Hello dear ones! Once again I was inspired by the Dating Divas for a movie date night. Here it is with some extra ideas. PS: Great marriage & parenting links at the end!


Chris and I have been watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies together. We watched the first one with our redneck drive in on the trampoline. This week we watched 2 & 3 inside but it was just as fun.

The Invitation

I got the message in a bottle stationary from Dating Diva’s here:

I rolled it up inside a bottle and put it in Chris’ lunchbox.


The Eats

Filet Mignon, baked potatoes, and bread with French cheese and butter.


Cream Soda Ice-cream Float ~It looks like beer but it’s not….just vanilla ice-cream and cream soda.


I used the mugs we got in Helen, Ga to make it look like Pirate grog.

We played this game inspired by the Dating Divas. Every time someone said “ship” or “pirate” in the movie, we clanged our mugs and said “Arrrrrr”. Then we took a swig and gave each other a kiss. It was funny because we usually didn’t remember until 30 seconds after it was said lol.

I got this pirate hat cookie idea from:


So this is how they looked before I baked them. Note: I cheated and just added cocoa to already made sugar cookie dough. but after they baked…


I guess they were too thick because now they look more like cowboy hats…if hats at all. They still taste good.


I made Jack Sparrow’s Compass with  inspiration from here:

Since it was a date night, I wrote “Heart’s Desire” on it. I simply pasted construction paper to a jewelry box Michael had given me. This way I could easily switch back to something use-able afterwards.


I had Chris open it before I came in the room. I had planned on having it lead towards me when he got home. Maybe have arrows or something. But sadly he got home before me because I was doing our monthly grocery shopping. I was so tired he had to help me get supper going.


I put the compass and “Jack Sparrow’s Guide to Being a Pirate” in a treasure chest of Michael’s.


The Pirate guidebook  was funny to read. It had a name generator in the front.  Chris was “Captain Christopher. the Rum Runner” and I was “One-eyed Amber, the Adventurer”.

You can print the book off here:

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

PS: Here are some great links:

The Peaceful Wife is still doing The Respect Dare.  Check it out if ya can :).

Compelled by Mel has shared a great video about teaching our kids about Christ…not compliance:

It goes along with the parenting book ““Give them Grace” which I’ll definitely be looking into.

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Les Mis’ Date Night June 9, 2013

In this Post: “Les Miserables” Date Night (ha! the name of the movie, not the quality  of the date lol), Chester’s recovering from getting declawed, VBS, & Michael learns how to play Rummy.

Hello dear ones! Well, it’s been an interesting week. Chester got declawed Monday. More on that later. Let’s start on a happy note. Michael had VBS most of last week so Chris and I had plenty of time alone. One night we rented “Les Miserables” 2012 version aka Les Mis’ (much easier to say). *Note: Date details after movie details ;). We saw the movie in the theater and for the most part loved it except a couple of scenes (namely with the innkeeper and his wife….eww…such perverts). The good thing about DVD is that you can skip through bad scenes. Les Mis’ is definitely not a kids movie. I do like how it tells a story of God’s grace and the end is EPIC. People clapped in the theater. I think I cried.

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If you want to know what I’m talking about (you should really watch the movie first), go to Youtube and search “Les Mis do you hear the people sing finale”.

I get chills every time I hear the song. Here’s what Wikipedia says about the book the movie is based on:

Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.[1]

I haven’t seen any other adaptations but Hugh Jackman was amazing in this movie. He represented God’s grace while Russell Crowe (playing Javert) represented legalism. I think all of the actors and actresses sang really well. Like I said…it was epic.

Lyrics from “Do You Hear the People Sing”

Enjolras: Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men? It is the music of the people Who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart Echoes the beating of the drums There is a life about to start When tomorrow comes!
Combeferre: Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Beyond the barricade Is there a world you long to see?
Courfeyrac: Then join in the fight That will give you the right to be free!”

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I didn’t have time to make an invitation etc but I did buy some “French” food.
  • Soft Cheese from France
  • grapes
  • roasted duck (pre-made just had to be warmed)
  • frog legs
  • French Bread
  • a box of chocolates

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So I found the frog legs at Piggly Wiggly. Chris fried them. He did everything right and they sort of tasted like fried fish. But Chris said it didn’t taste like what he remembered. I had never had frog legs before and I think the very thought of eating a frog made it hard for me to chew. If someone had told me it was fish then I think I could’ve enjoyed it.

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I had never had duck before either. I was in a hurry so I got the pre-made stuff (all I could find anyways) at Publix. The orange sauce smelled like Pinesol to me. I think the meat would’ve been just fine had I left the sauce off. So despite disliking the meat, we did fill up on French bread dipped in melted butter with soft cheese spread on top. I wasn’t sure I’d like the cheese but I think I’m addicted now. Chocolates are always right and yes I ate most of them.

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Michael went to VBS at another Baptist church since they were doing their’s at night. I really liked the theme. Michael learned about the armor of God in a medieval setting. He showed me how to juggle scarves one day. Here’s a pic of the awesome castle set.

Michael learns to play Rummy.

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It was such a pleasure to finally be able to teach lil man how to play a “real” card game. “Go Fish” gets boring after awhile. Once he’s mastered Rummy maybe we will go to Mexican Rummy and even Canasta. I was taught card games at an early age and played with both sides of my family. It was such a joy playing Mexican Rummy with my Mom, Granny, Sister, and Aunts.

Canasta was serious at my Dad’s with my Mema and Uncle. It’s such a game of strategy and I think before my Dad became a minister he would gamble with friends. Once Dad got so upset he threw his cards across the table. It’s humorous looking back. The “Way” family never was much for losing. But the “Frye” side (my Mom’s side) always talks trash. I don’t know how many times my Sister and I have threatened each other over cards…though we are sweet as pie any other time. As long as no one takes remarks too seriously then “All is fair in love, war, and _____”(insert any card name in the blank lol). Yes, I taught Michael that phrase. I have to pass down my Daddy’s ummm wisdom. 😉

Winchester  AKA “Chester” gets declawed

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I know there is much debate about declawing cats. I’m not opening comments up for that debate. I just wanted to share our personal experience and some of you may be interested in Chester personally since I often talk about our pets on here. They are very much apart of the family.

You may remember that Chester, our black male kitty, has a rage issue and is bipolar. Many things I can put up with….jumping on counters, stealing food, and even scratching the furniture…but scratching my child and then scratching me from my arm to my foot is unacceptable. Chester can be very sweet but he also has an inner tiger/monster. Chris calls him the devil cat. I don’t want any of us to get cat scratch fever and I didn’t want to get rid of Chester. We’ve had him since he was a kitten and I’m pretty sure no one would adopt an aggressive male cat.  So declawing seemed the only option and it wasn’t something we had planned for or budgeted for. We just had to.

Our vet uses laser surgery which is supposed to be more humane and less painful. I think it started that way. You can see from these pics that Chester was doing well. His paws looked fine (compared to pics of other types of declawing). He wasn’t bleeding…no stiches because he was lasered. He was a bit sore but still moving around good.

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But then…

He started biting his skin and fur out. Now I think he’s infected or just sore from biting himself. So we had to bring out the cone of shame that he used after he got fixed. We’ve also been helping him to the litter box (now filled with newspaper…loving the smell ugg). Chris washes the kitty’s paws with alcohol and puts Neosporin on the sores. We tried putting sock mittens on his paws so they wouldn’t bleed everywhere and get dirty but he acted like he couldn’t walk with them on. He’s spent all week laying with us on the couch or bed.

The Kitty prefers Chris’ chest as his bed.

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I was thinking he was hopeless until just now when he got out of his “socks/mittens” and stole half my cheeseburger off the table.  So we will be contacting the vet probably tomorrow and seeing if they can give the kitty something for pain and check if he has an infection. I hope they don’t charge us since no one said anything about him biting his skin out. We were told that most cats play with their paws right after the laser surgery and are just happy. Mom thinks Chester is searching for his claws…now do I feel guilty.

Good news is that Chester will definitely be with us forever no matter what he does. I am thankful that he can’t attack our face with his claws. I’ll keep you updated on his health. I think the cone of shame will give his paws a chance to heal and hopefully he won’t have the urge to bite them anymore. I really hate having to put that thing on the kitty but it’s for his own good. Meanwhile, Chester is getting lots of treats and affection. In fact, he’s gotten away with a lot too lol.

Oh, please pray for our mouse. Cinderella’s OCD is so bad that she picks herself (reminds me of myself). I found this is common in mice. She overgrooms. Her smell is horrible and that’s weird for a female mouse. She’s so nervous when we hold her that we haven’t in awhile. I put things in her cage for her to play with but she ignores them. At least she plays on her wheel at night. I put medicine on her wounds but she reopens them. I’d give her a new playmate (Snowwhite died) but I’m afraid she’d pick them and the smell would be too unbearable. I’m thinking of getting a baby sock and making her a sweater to keep her from picking her back. I’ll let you know if it works.

PinnochioPrincessFrog 005Tessa (dog) and Snowball (guinea pig) are just fine. Tessa just needs a Summer shave and the “pig” is sick of carrots and keeps chattering at us. So that’s it for another look into life at the crazy farm.

God bless & remember the High King lives!

~Amber Dover

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Cast Away Date Night April 28, 2013

Hello friends. Last week, Chris and I tried the Cast Away themed date night from Dating Divas. It was a blast. You can find all their ideas here: Now, on to how ours went.

Cast Away Date Night

The Eats

Chilled coconut water to go in our coconut cups. The ingredients for dessert….


Honey Lime Shrimp with Yellow Rice

Shrimp recipe here:

The shrimp was a bit salty but the rice was too bland so they worked out together. The next time I make this I’ll hold back on the salt. It was still very tasty though.


Garlic Bread Sticks


Peach Ice cream Crumble

This is an original. Well, at least as in I came up with it on my own. I smashed several Chocolate Chunk White Fudge Chips Ahoy cookies and I mixed them into Peach Ice cream. Then I topped it with whipped cream. I gotta say it was DELICIOUS!. This is now one of my favorite desserts. I figured it was tropical enough and quick.  It had the perfect blend of fruit and chocolate.


The Decor

Coconut cups from the Dollar Tree with umbrella straws.


A tacked up blanket tent in the living room. A pallet of blankets on the floor. Chinese Lanterns from the Dollar Tree. Fake palm trees.



I lit several candles and covered stools with a tropical looking plastic table cloth.


We watched “Cast Away” while eating supper. Then we took a break half way to have some island fun.

We didn’t do everything the Dating Diva’s suggested but we had fun with what we did do.

1.  Make a shelter out of Popsicle sticks.



2. Make your own Wilson using tennis balls.

If you’ve seen the movie, you know Tom Hanks befriends a volley ball and names it Wilson after it’s brand. Wilson gives him company on the island. I’d be terrified to have Chris’ Wilson staring at me lol! (on the right)


3. Draw an island portrait of your sweety.

Chris’ drawing of me on the left and mine of him on the right. Gives me the giggles :).


The date nights just keep getting better and better. Thank you Dating Diva’s!

Folks, I’d love it if you left me a comment…especially if you have date night ideas or you try this one. I truly hope this blog inspires you in your every day life and to have a romance filled marriage.

Other moments…

My guys washing the van. Michael’s learning so many new things. It’s hard to believe he’s already seven years old!

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I’ve been decorating our back yard a bit. A butterfly and dragonfly in the trees…

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I’m trying to grow a sunflower house but it’s taking a good while. I also planted a rose bush and strawberries. I have solar lights lining the path and a solar bird bath. It’s magical at night. I really hope all the flowers grow.

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

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Toy Gun Fight Date Night & Creamy Chicken Pockets September 16, 2012

Hello dear ones 🙂 If you didn’t see my post on the Feast of Trumpets I hope you check it out. Usually I only do one Sunday post but I wanted to do two for the holidays.  This past Thursday the hubby and I had an interesting date night. We played games on the PlayStation and then we had a toy gun fight. I found these toy guns at Walmart that shoot little balls filled with water. They remind me of paint guns. You just put the pellets in water and they grow. I admit they hurt some when they hit depending on how close you are. It was a brief sting though….nothing like a large paint ball hitting you.

I learned that I have horrible aim. Chris completely took me down lol. Hey Hannah and James, if we double date we could play capture the flag :). Seriously, there is nothing wrong with doing something spontaneous and fun for an adult date. I’d also like to try laser tag and Nerf guns. So friends, do any of you have fun date night ideas? Outdoor games? Something free? Please leave it in the comment section. Remember to keep everything PG 😉

Creamy Chicken Pockets

Chris actually made this Pinterest idea.  He did a wonderful job. We served these with green beans.

Moments in my week

Snowball, our guinea pig, helps Chris with his homework twice!

The guys playing football

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