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Life with Baby: Super Baby vs. Bat Baby August 18, 2015

Hello dear ones! This Life with Baby post speaks for itself. May you be inspired! God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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Other Life with Baby posts:
Cloth Diapers
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/life-with-baby-cloth-diapers/
Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/life-with-baby-breastfeeding-baby-wearing/
Monthly Pictures
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/life-with-baby-cuteness-overload/
Baby School
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/life-with-baby-baby-school/
Hacks
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/life-with-baby-hacks/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/life-with-baby-sleep-and-a-birth-shadow-box/

 

Life with Baby: Cuteness Overload July 8, 2015

Hello dear ones! Welcome to another Life with Baby posts. Today I’m going to show off those monthly baby pics that are the rage these days. Some people buy onesies with how many months old the baby is on them. I didn’t go that far but I did find creative ways to include Leeland’s age in his pictures. So get ready for a cuteness overload! You can’t handle the cute ;).

1 Month Old

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2 Months Old

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3 Months Old

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Leeland talking to the baby in the mirror.

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

More Life with Baby posts:
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/life-with-baby-cloth-diapers/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/life-with-baby-breastfeeding-baby-wearing/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/life-with-baby-baby-school/

Hacks

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/life-with-baby-hacks/

Sleep

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/life-with-baby-sleep-and-a-birth-shadow-box/

 

Mother’s Day and Leeland’s Dedication June 5, 2015

In this post: Mother’s day crafts, Leeland’s miracle story, and his dedication at church.

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Hello dear ones! I shared our miracle testimony at church on Mother’s Day. Leeland was also dedicated during the service. First I’m going to show you what the boys made for Mother’s day and then I’ll post our testimony (text only. I’m unable to show the video at this time). Up above are the boys hands. I copied them with the printer. One pic has my hand too.

Michael made this ice cream paper that says: My Mom is loving, helping, feeding.

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Flower prints for grandmas~ I used Michael’s hand prints and Leeland’s foot prints to make flowers for Nana (my mom) and Granny (Chris’ mom). Then we gave them pictures of the boys in their Easter best.

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Our chalkboard door comes in handy during the holidays.

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 Chris’ parents finally got to meet Leeland. He is their 6th grandson.

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We dedicated Leeland at church…meaning we made a verbal commitment to raise Leeland to follow Jesus and the Bible.

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We were given a certificate and special books. We’re still waiting on his first Bible.

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Here’s the testimony I shared. It was great how God used it because I had people come up after and say how it encouraged them. One lady took a copy of this story to give her infertile daughter in law. I was asked to share during Sunday school too. I pray it blesses you as well.

“Hello, my name is Amber Dover.

James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

I’ve come to remind you that Father God is faithful and His timing is perfect. I pray my story encourages you.

My husband and I planned on having more children right after Michael, our eldest, was born. That was nine years ago. We tried year after year without success. Then our hearts broke about five years ago when we were told that we were both infertile and that we had three months to get pregnant or it’d never happen. We tried many things…fertility treatments that left me feeling sick, all sorts of natural remedies, and we even tried to adopt twins but the birth mother miscarried.

 

 

At first I grew very bitter. I longed for a second child more than anything. I bought baby clothes though I knew there would be no baby. I cried out to God but I felt he didn’t hear me. It felt like we were hitting a brick wall with every step we took. I eventually gave up trying because I was tired of wrestling with God. I came to the conclusion that only God could open or close my womb and that nothing I did would succeed unless God wanted it to. I was sick of negative pregnancy tests and getting my hopes up for nothing.

 

Fast forward to last year around this time. I’m finally content and settled. My husband tells me he wants to try for another child as soon as I get back from the missions trip to Belize. I’m here to tell you that God is faithful even when we are faithless. I agreed to try for another child but I told my husband not to get his hopes up. I knew it’d take a miracle for us to get pregnant and frankly I didn’t believe it was in God’s plans. I didn’t have much faith but I chose to pray like I did. I asked our Sunday school class here at church, to pray for us to have a miracle. This was not the first time I had asked a church for prayers in this matter. People had prayed for us on and off for 8 years. Again I tell you, that God’s timing is perfect.

 

Two months after returning from Belize, I became pregnant. It took awhile for me to believe it was true, but nine years later we have Leeland, our youngest son. He was worth the wait. Our family was reminded through this miracle that God is sovereign. He is the best parent and He loves to give good gifts. God heard my cry all of those years, just as He heard the cries of Sarah, Elizabeth, and Hannah in the Bible. God opens and closes the womb. He is just as much in control now as He was back in Bible days. I don’t know the state of your heart this Mother’s Day. Maybe you’re praying for a miracle. Maybe you feel alone and you think God doesn’t hear your cry. Dear one, your God hears you. He feels your pain. I don’t know God’s exact plan for your life, but I do know that if you belong to Jesus that He will work things out to the good. Satan has told humanity the same old lie since the garden of Eden, the lie that God is holding out on us. Dear one, God is not holding out on you. Jesus loves you and He has blessed you with all spiritual blessings. I end with theses verses from Ephesians.

 

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to the Father who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Leeland’s Owl Baby Shower March 16, 2015

In this post: Hannah throws me an owl baby shower for Leeland, and 35 weeks prego pics.

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Hello dear ones! Well, I’m 36 weeks prego now and just waiting for Leeland to arrive. I’ve had some false alarms and it’s a bit frustrating. I just pray that the timing will be right and I’m choosing to trust God to help me.

Meanwhile, my best friend Hannah threw me an owl themed baby shower. You may remember that I threw her a tea party baby shower last year. Here’s the link for that:
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/a-tea-party-baby-shower-for-hannah/

I have plenty of pics to show you. First, Chris and I took my 35 weeks prego pics in our back yard. Chris’ parents came in for the shower and his mom helped us out. It was nice because up until this point we didn’t have any pics of Chris kissing my belly. Chris is smitten by our lil one and it truly shows in these pictures. So without further ado..here they are.
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Now, on to the shower...

Thanks again Hannah for the awesome job! And thanks to my mom for having it at her place.

First, the adorable invite
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A sweet set up

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Yummy! Punch and owl cupcakes!

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My mom put this awesome collage together of me and my hubby as babies.

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In the living room. I added Leeland’s ultrasound art.

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Favors

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More owl goodness…
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Remember the shower I threw for Hannah? Well, it was for Miriam, the lil bundle of cuteness Hannah’s holding in her arms. Miriam is a one year old now!
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My dear friend Erin, who watched over Miriam so Hannah could set up. She also makes the best chocolate cookies…just sayin’.
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My mom in law Peggy and my mom. Two very special ladies.

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Let the present opening begin…
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until my blood pressure suddenly drops and I have to take a break. Fun…

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But that doesn’t stop me from winning the baby shower word scramble!

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Yummm…these owl cupcakes turn our teeth and everything else blue. Someone thought this was funny…
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A very special wishing tree to encourage me during labor and delivery. What a beautiful idea, Hannah!
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What sweet thoughts from everyone. This inspiring quote is from Hannah. You may remember it from my chalboard art.
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My darling mother

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My lovely mom in law
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My bff Hannah and her Miriam. Hannah truly blessed me! And my dearest ones that came to the shower encouraged me as well. I am so blessed.

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Baby stuff everywhere! We’re ready :). Come soon lil songbird!
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Cloth baby wipes that Hannah made for me.

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

 

Ultrasound Art & General Happenings March 14, 2015

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Hello dear ones! I was pinspired to organize the boys’ ultrasounds into artwork. Above you can see Leeland’s ultrasounds and how he’s grown. I don’t have his birth date yet because we are still waiting on our lil songbird to be born :). But below you can see that Michael’s ultrasounds has his birthday on it. I didn’t have as many pics for Michael. It’s been 9 years after all. Alot has changed. I didn’t have access to free 3-D back then.

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So I painted acryllic canvas black, modgepodged the pictures on, and wrote with white paint. The glue shows up whenever I use flash but I couldn’t get a clear pic without the flash. You can’t see the glue so much in regular lighting. It looks much better.

Meanwhile, at the Dover household…

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Chris has started juicing.
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Annabelle, from minion…
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to adorable!

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Baby shower pics to come soon! God bless & remember the High King lives!~Amber Dover

 

Birthdays, Blessed Moments, and Baby Updates February 11, 2015

Hello dear ones! Well, it’s been busy around the Dover household. On Feb. 9th I turned the big 30. The week before my Mom had her birthday. Though we’ve had one scare, this miracle pregnancy is going well. I’m about 32 weeks pregnant…so 5 to 8 weeks to go. Anywho, here’s a glimpse into my world, outside of crafting.

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Leeland will be here before you know it. We thought he was coming early at 29 weeks. I spent seven hours in the hospital with contractions. Thankfully all is well. So when I got home I really kicked up the nesting. I washed Leeland’s clothes and cloth diapers.

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Here I am at 28 weeks.

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And then 31 weeks.
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My labor and delivery dress came in the mail!

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Last year, Mom and I had a big birthday slumber party together. The link is here:
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/hilarious-birthday-celebrations-with-mom/
It was crazy with costumes and karaoke. This year we kept it simple and I took her out to eat. Then we came back home for cake and Band Hero. We just got Band Hero, so we’re having fun with it.
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The next weekend we celebrated my 30th birthday. Michael made supper Saturday night with a lil bit of guidance.

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Sunday we had a small celebration at Sweet Frog with my closest friends.

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been alive three decades!

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My gal pals

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My mom and stepdad

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The guys watching the kids play outside.
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The sweetest bunch of kids. Michael wore his nice suit for me.

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On Monday (my actual birthday), my hubby woke me up with breakfast and roses. Three roses to represent him and our two boys.
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Michael made me a heart card.
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My Mom visited with french fries and balloons. She knows me well :). For the most part it was an uneventful day. I was dealing with pregnancy ickiness and we had school as usual. I’m not sure I feel 30 yet.

Well, here are other happenings…

Chris and Chester enjoying the recliner.

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Annabelle gets a bath.
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Tessa gets a shave. This took Chris hours.

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Chris and Michael working on a kit.

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In other news, Michael has lost two teeth…one by light saber. Michael’s buddy Liam did the honors lol. We’re waiting on one more tooth to come out. The count down to baby time is on. We’re looking forward to Valentine’s, my baby shower, and an early birthday for Michael. The baby is due a day after Michael’s birthday (April 12th)…so we are celebrating in March, Lord willing. Chris is still job hunting and we’re hoping to get good news from a recent interview. His last semester of college is keeping him busy but we’re still sticking close as a family. It’ll be nice when we can get settled.

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

 

Gender Reveal: Pink or Blue? Baby # 2! November 29, 2014

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Hello dear ones! This is a month late but here are the pictures from our gender reveal (at 16 weeks) and the lil one’s name. Enjoy! God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Leeland Patrick Dover! It’s a boy!

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Leeland saying “Hi!”

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Inspirational Wednesday: Leeland- I Cry (music video) November 8, 2012

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

“I Cry”
by Leeland

Fear is far from love
And I feel scared enough
To think You’ve given up on me
But I can’t hide my shame
You know my deepest pain
You are well acquainted with my grief
Oh great God of power
I have lost my strength
This is my desperate hour
I’m calling out Your name I cry
Are You out there tonight
Or am I all alone
This time it’s the fight of my life
So I cry
I can’t do this on my own
I can’t do this on my own
I am giving You control

If weakness is a crown
Then I kneel before You now
And lay it at Your feet as an offering
And if You hold everything
Then don’t let go of me
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Oh great God of power
I have lost my strength
This is my desperate hour
I’m calling out Your name

Are You out there tonight
Are You out there tonight
Are You out there tonight
So I cry

Are You out there tonight
(You said You’d never leave me)
Are You out there tonight
(You said You’d never leave me)
Are You out there tonight
(You said You’d never leave me)
So I cry

I can’t do this on my own
I can’t do this on my own
I can’t do this on my own
I can’t do this alone
I can’t do this

I’m holding on to You
I’m holding on to You
I’m holding on
I’m holding on to You
God, I’m holding on to You
Lord, I’m holding on

 

Media Saturday: Hugo, Leeland, and Francine Rivers January 21, 2012

Welcome friends! Today is Media Saturday. I bring you three reviews (movie, music, and books).  So pull up a chair and join me! Just so you know, all of my opinions will be filtered through my Biblical world view.  Moving on….

Review #1: Hugo (the movie)

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IMDb gives this synopsis: “Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. ”

Hugo was breath-taking! I felt like I had seen my first REAL movie. It didn’t have gun fire and silly bodily humor. This movie showed intelligence. My f ive year old actually sat through the whole thing and enjoyed it!  We have a saying around our house that too much tv & video games will melt our brains. Well folks, THIS  movie gave us an education. We learned some cinematic history and now my son, Michael,  knows what an automaton is.  Plus, he thinks it’d be really kewl to live in a train station. I’m just glad he still wants Mommy and Daddy to come along too. So if you get a chance I really hope you can see Hugo on the big screen. The colors just pop in this movie. It really is a work of art.

PS: I’ve yet to read the book but I’m definitely interested.

Review #2 Leeland (the band)

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Leeland is a Christian rock band from Baytown, TX. Their lead singer is Leeland Mooring, hence the name. The have four great albums out. I fell in love with this band’s music from the get go. Their first album Sound of Melodies just had a Celtic feel you rarely find in this genre (atleast in my experience).  When it comes to their faith this band is honest and I like that.  They are a Christian band that’s not afraid to actually say “Jesus” in their music….imagine that.

I was recently blessed by Leeland’s song “Follow You” with Brandon Heath (another awesome artist). The music video shows them on a missions trip. You can just feel the compassion. This band is the real deal. There’s no doubt their love for Christ is genuine.

Here’s a line from “Follow You”

You lived among the least of these
The weary and the weak
And it would be a tragedy for me to turn away.

Their new album “The Great Awakening” has some awesome tunes that’ll make you ponder what’s important in life and will also draw you to worship. My favorites from the album are “I Wonder” and “While We Sing”.

So if you want to hear real talent that glorifies Jesus, give Leeland a try 🙂

Review #3 Francine Rivers (The Author)

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Francine Rivers has been an author since the 80’s.  She is most known for her book “Redeeming Love”, a western retelling of the Biblical story of Hosea. My favorite series “The Mark of the Lion”, has sold over half a million copies. Francine’s novel “The Last Sin Eater” is now a movie. Mrs. Rivers has so many amazing books. I could recommend them all. She is by far my favorite author (besides God) and her fiction really teaches lessons we all need to know.

I love how her books are so real. She doesn’t hide from the big issues. Her books deal with things like abortion, prostitution, and homosexuality. Mrs. Rivers takes you to the very heart of her characters. You’d think they really existed. I especially love the rich history The Mark of the Lion series is based upon. This series takes you to Rome, Jerusalem, and Germania. It tells of Jerusalem’s fall, gladiators, and the beginnings of Christianity. It also touches on subjects like slavery and how small sins grow into a big problem.

Mrs. Rivers also has some lovely series on women in the lineage of Jesus. These books make you think of what it would really be like to be Mary or Ruth. Anywho, if you get a chance hop on over to your library and pick up a Francine River’s book. Then leave me a comment with your opinions and also your opinions of Leeland and Hugo if you will 🙂

Well have an inspiring weekend! God bless and remember The High King Lives!

~Amber Dover