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The High King Lives

Chris’ Haircut & Michael’s Birthday Holiday April 18, 2014

Hello dear ones! Today I want to share an important event with you. My husband Chris Dover had his hair cut after three years of growing it out! My hubby is a disabled army veteran and he’s been growing his hair since he retired. Friday April 11th was our son Michael’s birthday. We took the day off of official homeschool and we did whatever he wanted, with reason. Chris’ hair represents a season we’ve been in: college and the civilian world. We have just a year left of Chris’ college and he’s looking into internships. Michael’s birthday was the perfect day to get it (the haircut) done.

So I took lots of pictures (of course) of the whole event. Chris is donating his hair to Locks of Love, an org. that makes wigs for cancer patients. Chris donated in honor of his cousin, a two year old girl. My hubby had 16 inches. It was funny seeing him go to a 90’s hairstyle, to the three stooges, and finally Tony Stark (Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr.). I gotta say, I love this new look. Chris picks on me by telling “Jarvis” to do things every now and then. Jarvis is Iron Man’s computer. I become all giggles :P.

We spent the first part of the day playing Putt Putt. Then Chris had his haircut. We stopped by Sweet Frog for yogurt and low and behold we ran into another Birthday child taking a break from school. My best bud Hannah’s little girl Olivia was born the same day as Michael. We ended our outing with a trip to the museum. Michael did learn a bit on his day off. We looked for anything having to do with the 1700’s since we will be studying that time soon. We found some great paintings & puppets of George and Martha Washington. We went home to watch movies and plant our garden. I’ll show garden pics another time.

Our church had an Easter Egg hunt and a BBQ fundraiser for Belize the next day. We were late so Michael got the left over eggs. It was a lovely weekend & the Palm Sunday service was awesome. How about you? Any life changing events lately? I’d love to hear about them in the comment section.

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

Chris'Haircut

 

Crafty Monday: Preparing for Easter & celebrating the Resurrection March 26, 2012

Note: this blog is for informational purposes only. I will not debate or argue in the comment area. You can take it or leave it. Ultimately, I hope we can agree to disagree and get along πŸ™‚

( Like my Easter centerpiece? ~ I got the eggs and tree at the Dollar Tree & the butterflies from Michael’s)

Hello dear ones and welcome to Crafty Monday πŸ™‚ I’m very excited about the crafts today and coming up next week because it’s all about Easter & celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ :). Easter has a new meaning for me this year. As a kid I grew up learning about the resurrection on Easter morning, hunting eggs with my cousins, and dressing up in a nice dress. Those were happy memories. But at one time not too long ago I believed the traditions of Easter were pagan and in worship of spring etc…and that the word “Easter” itself was of a pagan fertility goddess. Β  I believed this for a long time and I hated the Easter egg because of the practice of child sacrifice I thought it represented. After leaving a place of spiritual bondage and legalism I began to research the history of this holiday and what I found was surprising. Take this as you will but this is why I now embrace Easter: http://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/611/

(Pic of our cross bracelets for passover. Mine’s the girly one)


(Pic of Welcome Mat I made from scrap carpet. I just painted it.)

This will be my son’s first Easter egg hunt and he is almost 6. I’m very excited he finally gets to do this. Some good books for kids are : http://www.amazon.com/The-Parable-Of-Lily/dp/0785272313

and http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Easter-Lori-Walburg/dp/0310224470

Now on to the crafts and fun ideas πŸ™‚ We’ve never done Lent because we’re not Catholic but I do like the idea of taking a whole month to celebrate Easter. Of course Christ’ resurrection should always be on our mind. It’s good to have holidays though to really help us focus. We spend a whole season focused on Christmas and advent but Easter doesn’t get that much attention. I love this blog about it: http://mustardseeds.typepad.com/my_weblog/easter.html

So my family has started the holiday early. We began last week. I set up a forgiveness table that is kind of like Lent. The idea came from: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/02/how-to-prepare-a-family-for-lent-printable-create-a-forgivness-fresh-start-place/

This is just a beautiful idea and my son really loves it. He’s come up with all kinds of people he needs to forgive lol. It’s a great object lesson.

You can find the ideas I’m using on my Pinterest. I’m also including some spring recipes πŸ™‚

http://pinterest.com/doverette/spring-crafts/

http://pinterest.com/doverette/spring-cooking/

Stained Glass Cross Craft

Resurrection Set

I really like this craft. Most of us have nativity sets but rarely have I heard of a Resurrection set. Michael has had such a blast with this set. I added the bradΒ  to the tomb so Michael could roll the stone back n forth.

There are so many neat ideas to celebrate the resurrection. I’ll be sharing more next week. My son’s Pirate birthday party is the wkd of Easter soΒ  I’m going to be busy.Β  I really like these ideas from Focus on the Family: http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Features/Magazine/2011/easter-activities-and-crafts.aspx

Don’t forget my Pinterest ideas above. There are way too many to list on here but I hope they are helpful to you. Please let me know if you try any of these ideas with your kids. The Forgiveness table can be used for anyone.

God bless and Remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Virtual Friday: Easter Egg Hunt, Terracotta Soldiers, & the Mystic Forest March 25, 2012

Note: I was going to do another weekend special but I have so many pics from SL I decided to just post everything late. So Happy LATE Virtual Friday πŸ™‚

Hello friends and welcome to another Virtual Friday! πŸ™‚ Some of you may not have read my previous post about The Rose Theatre in SecondLife so here’s the link: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/the-rose-theatre-in-secondlife-a-late-virtual-friday/

I was very pleased to receive a compliment for my post from the creator of The Rose Theatre. The place is just exquisite and I feel like I’ve heard from a celebrity :). It takes true talent to make that kind of masterpiece. So if you haven’t seen the place yet then please check out my link above.

Moving on, so I finally got to do some exploring. Little did I know that the orphanage I was staying at moved! Thankfully I was able to find it and get set up again. I usually look at the destination guide on secondlife.com for ideas. Every once in awhile I find a gem but it’s rare. Last night, I explored three places. So here are my pictures & reviews straight from the virtual world of Second Life.

#1 Easter Egg Hunt @ a nifty store Visit 1 Prim (172, 124, 247)

It took awhile for things to rezz but I do have a slow viewer. My computer can’t handle the new viewer. The above pic is before all the flowers rezzed. I don’t remember the name of the store (shame on me) but they had beautiful Easter decor and alot of vegetables for sale.Β  This hunt took awhile because the eggs were small. Thankfully each egg contained a clue to find the next one…..or I would have never found them all. What’s neat is that every time you find an egg you get a free surprise from the store (like flowers, a bridge, Easter decor etc). I have no where to put any of it because I live at the orphanage but maybe someday when I can afford my own land again…..

Aren’t the flowers gorgeous?Β  These pics are lovely. You can click on them to see them a bit larger. Yeah the problem with being a child avatar is that your legs never quite fit over the furniture….sigh. At one point of the hunt I nearly gave up but I persevered & found all of the eggs. I won neat prizes and got to keep the basket with eggs as a souvenir :)! Below is a pic of me near the church. I love the stained glass window. I wish I had some in RL at home.

#2 Terracotta Soldiers Visit Tenth Rua (75, 78, 235)

This was a short trip. Basically you go underground and see a replica of the terracotta soldiers that guard the Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s grave in China. It was a nice replica. I was a little bored but if you’re a big history buff then you may enjoy this. I’m sure it took the creator alot of hard work to make the soldiers and set them up.Β  This goes to show that Second Life is great for seeing the world without actually leaving home πŸ˜‰

#3 The Mystic Forest Visit WaR Island (173, 168, 22)

This is the description on the SL website :

“Visit this land of magic, elves, goblins, nekos, tree houses and butterflies. This forest is connected to the “other side” β€” so you’ll never know who you’re going to meet next. Is it friend or enemy? Sometimes worlds collide! This land is a beautiful, unique place where everything can happen.”

This is a role play sim so I caution you. It’s always important to get an observer tag so no one will bother you. This place took the longest to rezz and when it did I wasn’t that impressed. Sorry just being honest. Maybe if I had more time to explore then I’d see it’s full beauty. The best thing about The Mystic Forest was one of the shops as you head to the actual forest. They have a fairy cave. You can pay 5L and this jar will give you a random fairy egg.Β  So being the big kid I am….I just had to get one.Β  So I decided to leave and come back. I took my fairy back home to the orphanage and waited for it to hatch. I named her Bellarose (after a character in my book).

I hope my landlords don’t mind the big fairy home. It wasn’t many prims though. I filled it with some flowers & with doll furniture. Of course Bellarose needed a mini tv lol.Β  You can set the fairy to roam around a certain area too. Anywho, so I went back to the Mystic Forest and was able to take two pretty pictures. I dressed the part of course with my fairy costume.

It’s pretty at night.

Anywho, I’ve got several more places to explore: Astoria (Lord of the Rings sim), Transilvania (yeah they spelled it wrong. They didn’t mention vampires so hopefully it won’t be scary. I hate scary.), March Military Expo (for my hubby), and Old Europe Market fair. I’ll let you know how it goes. I did visit London City Victoria…and let’s just say I didn’t like the atmosphere.

Well God bless & remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

PS: The closer we get to Easter the more hunts you’ll find. Do a search on the website. Let me know what you find. Also, if any of you have suggestions for nice family friendly places I can explore in SL, please leave me the links in the comment section. Thanks! πŸ™‚