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Easter 2015 April 27, 2015

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Hello dear ones! I’m finally catching up on posts. It turns out that taking care of a newborn is hard work ;). It’s been a lil over three weeks and I think I’m finally getting into a decent routine. So Leeland was born April 2nd on Maundy Thursday. We got home from the hospital that Saturday and the next day was Easter Sunday. It was a looong day Saturday. We were busy adjusting to having a newborn at home. It was super late when Michael and I dyed eggs.
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I saw a neat idea on Pinterest and gave it a try. I painted a few rocks with chalkboard paint. Then Michael wrote his sins/struggles on the rocks and put them in his Easter basket. I exchanged the rocks for goodies on Easter. I shared with Michael about God’s grace in taking our sins.

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So after Michael went to bed I set out the boys’ Easter baskets. Leeland was too young to care of course, but I did get him some stuffed bunnies.
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Here’s an Easter picture that Michael drew for his nana.
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Leeland developed a love hate relationship for the Easter bunny, early on ;).
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Chris and Michael went to church. The baby and I stayed home but we did get dressed up. My parents met up with us after church and came over for supper. My mom developed a cold right after Leeland was born, so she couldn’t hold him :(. We had a lovely dinner of KFC. Leeland took a long nap in his swing.He was so easy.
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Then we went outside for a photo shoot. I put a blanket in a basket with plastic eggs and used that for Leeland’s pictures. Here he is choking the Easter Bunny. Caption should read “Come here bunny! We gotta talk!”
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Then there’s the punch to the face. Poor bunny. Okay…my humor is a bit sadistic. I can’t help myself.
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Here’s a beautiful picture of my two babies. Nine years apart. It’s wild!
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Easter pic with my parents.
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My stepdad holding the baby.
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My parents. I love the wysteria growing in our back yard.
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Tessa all dressed up.
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Look! We found a baby!

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My lovely family: Chris, Michael, and Leeland. What blessings! Praise Jesus for His goodness!

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Then it was time for the Easter egg hunt, which I missed because I was feeding the baby. Chris got a few pictures though.
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Well, I hope you enjoyed these pics. I hope to catch up even more soon. You’ve been on my mind I’ve just been super busy in baby world.
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Easter 2014
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/easter-sunday/

Easter crafts from 2015
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/ash-wednesday-2015/
I AM craft, The Lord’s Prayer chapel, and band-aid prayers cross~
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/lent-crafts-part-one-2015/
Egg study & Resurrection egg diorama~
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/lent-crafts-part-2-egg-study/
Palm Sunday & Easter lily crafts
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/lent-crafts-part-three-2015/

 

Lent Crafts Part Three 2015 March 28, 2015

In this post: Lent/Easter crafts and a lapbook.

Hello dear ones! Well, I’m going to keep this post short. We haven’t done a whole lot lately because we’re hoping the baby comes soon. We did manage a couple of crafts and we planted our garden.

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I’m not going to repost all the craft pictures. Simply, Michael made palm branches out of his hand prints. Then he read R.C. Sproul’s “The Donkey Who Carried a King”. We made an Easter Lily that’s leaf says “He is risen!”. And for several weeks we’ve been slowly working on an indepth Easter lapbook.

Lapbook link here: http://www.currclick.com/product/7908/Easter-Lapbook

Lily printable here: http://www.freefuneaster.com/easter-crafts/paper-lily-craft/

We also did these two printables:

http://www.biblewise.com/kids/fun/crown-of-thorns.php

http://www.sundayschoolkids.com/activities-lent-easter/1-road-to-easter-activity-bible-lookup.htm

Chris prepped the garden area and me and Michael helped plant. Our gardens usually don’t produce much and especially not enough to feed us. Still, it’s nice to know we are planting something. It’s good for kids to know where food comes from (besides the grocery store!). Planting time always excites me.

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Michael planted a few things by Terabithia (his clubhouse).
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Planting in the garden…
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Well, I hope you have a lovely Holy week and Easter.

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

Easter ideas on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/doverette/easter-crafts/

Lent crafts from this year on this blog:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/ash-wednesday-2015/

I AM craft, The Lord’s Prayer chapel, and band-aid prayers cross~

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/lent-crafts-part-one-2015/

Egg study & Resurrection egg diorama~

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/lent-crafts-part-2-egg-study/

 

Lent Crafts part 2: Egg Study March 21, 2015

In this post: Egg lapbook, crafts, & treat. A unique resurrection diorama. Plus Lent decor and books.

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Hello dear ones! I hope you are well. We’re enjoying the spring weather and waiting for our littlest to be born. A couple weeks ago, Michael and I did an egg study. It was a great way to gear up for Easter. Here’s how we did it.

  • Egg lapbook~ I used this egg study to make a lapbook: http://www.currclick.com/product/35574/Eggs–Two-Day-Study-Series

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  • We made egg treats. Our treat is a lil different from what I saw on Pinterest. You take oval crackers and put peanut butter in them. Then you dip them in white chocolate. I didn’t feel like dealing with the mess of chocolate, so we just used frosting with sprinkles. We couldn’t cover the whole cracker so they don’t exactly look like eggs. Still, the treats were yummy :). Nana helped too.

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  • We made a stained glass egg and cross craft. I drew a pattern on black construction paper. Michael cut it out and stuck it to contact paper. Then Michael tore bits of colorful tissue paper and filled in the gaps.

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  • Lastly, Michael and I put together this resurrection egg diorama. Michael mainly colored the Jesus and cut him out. We had two coloring pages. We shrunk the one for the diorama. Then Michael colored the big page for his dad. I finished the diorama. My inspiration came from a beautiful painting I saw on Pinterest. Links below & details on how we did this.

Coloring page link here: http://biblefunfactory.com/146/easter-coloring-sheet/

Painting inspiration here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/i-am-the-resurrection-john-lautermilch.html

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I found these plastic egg containers at the Dollar Tree. I used one half to make the diorama. I glued gems to the bottom to keep the egg upright. I modge podged colorful tissue paper for the sky. I used sparkly white tissue paper for the clouds. I wanted a 3d effect so I bunched it up.

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I took the Jesus that Michael colored and glued him to a craft stick. I hot glued the stick to the gems and I added purple tissue paper for his robe.

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I wanted to make Jesus look like he was in the clouds, so I used more of the sparkly white tissue paper to cover the craft stick. Chris actually helped some too. He punched out tissue paper butterflies. I glued them all around Jesus, since butterflies make me think of new life.

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Lastly, I punched out white paper flowers and cut yellow stems. I rolled them up to make lilies and glued them to the rocks along with felt leaves. Then I punched out the word “resurrection” using my hole punch. I glued it to a white tissue paper banner and glued that to the top of the egg. This has to be my favorite Easter craft we’ve ever made. I like that it’s pretty original too. I had inspiration but the creation is our own.

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The diorama looks brilliant when the sun shines.
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Other Lent happenings:

I love the season of Lent and counting down to Easter. For our family it is a time of remembering the resurrection and taking a good look at forgiveness and grace. We have fun with decorations, special books, and crafts.

Here are the Easter books we are reading this year. I’m particulary enjoying the author R.C. Sproul. This is our first year reading his books.

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We have a fun time decorating. Many of these crafts you may remember from Easters past.

The Lord’s Supper & Jesus praying in the garden

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Resurrection set and new life tree (eggs and butterflies)
We actually lost the Jesus that goes to the set, but now that we have the diorama it makes it complete.

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We decorate with the usual springy things: eggs, bunnies, chicks, lambs, flowers, and butterflies…whatever makes us think of new life and the resurrection. In the pic below you can see the stained glass chapel we made awhile back.

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Our Easter village has grown.

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Here’s the stuffed Velveteen rabbit that I made last year for our study on chocolate bunnies. Some decor is just for fun though a majority of it revolves around the resurrection of Jesus.
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Many of the crafts hanging up on our armoire are from years past. We’ve got the Peep bunny chain, a Holy week chart, and a tomb craft.

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We bring out old lapbooks

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We have our Lenten devotions at supper time. You can see some pom pom bunnies and resurrection eggs that we made. Usually we hang the eggs on a tree but I didn’t find one this year. Instead I have them in a bunny dish that I won at a party.

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Well, I hope you have a blessed Lent and Easter! God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Easters and Lent past:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/easter-sunday/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/easter-week-jesus-our-passover-lamb-easter-drama/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/the-importance-of-easter/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/crafty-monday-passover-the-lords-supper-and-the-resurrection/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/crafty-monday-charlottes-web-party-gearing-up-for-easter/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/my-family-rocks-sunday-chinese-date-night-easter-passover-celebrations/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/a-late-crafty-monday-resurrection-garden-coffee-filter-easter-eggs-mini-pies/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/more-easter-fun/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/extra-crafts-for-you-easter/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/crafty-monday-preparing-for-easter-celebrating-the-resurrection/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/thecraftbug/

Recent posts:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/ash-wednesday-2015/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/lent-crafts-part-one-2015/

 

Lent Crafts Part One 2015 March 9, 2015

In this post: Band-aid prayers cross, Jesus’ I am statements craft, and the Lord’s Prayer chapel craft.

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Hello dear ones! I’m playing catch up again. We did these crafts a couple of weeks ago for the second week of Lent. Enjoy!

  • Band-aid Prayers cross~ I saw this idea on Pinterest except they used a wooden cross with a ton of band-aids. Ours is a bit simpler. We just used cardboard, band-aids, and tissue paper. Each week Michael is supposed to write someone to pray for, on a band-aid.

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  • Jesus’ “I AM” statments craft~ I saw this lovely artwork with the words “I am” but it was about self esteem. I changed ours to Jesus’ statements about Himself. I figured it’d be great for Lent.

Link for inspiration:http://mewithmyheadintheclouds.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-few-things.html

 

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Here’s how we did ours:
Michael painted seven different color wedges on his paper using water colors.
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Michael pasted a circle in the middle of the wedges. Then he cut out 7 smaller wedges of different types of scrapbook paper and pasted it on top of the water color wedges. I printed out Jesus’ 7 “I AM” statements in different fonts and he cut and pasted them on top of the scrapbook wedges.

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I liked it so much that I made something similar, in my prayer journal.

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  • The Lord’s Prayer chapel craft~  I was inspired by a pic on pinterest but when I went to look for the chapel template I couldn’t find it. So I drew out my own. I printed the Lord’s prayer in a nice font and Michael pasted it in the middle. Then he used torn tissue paper for the stained glass.

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

 

Easter Week & Jesus, Our Passover Lamb Easter Drama May 11, 2014

In this post: Easter crafts, lapbooks, and snacks. Also lots of pictures from an interactive Easter Drama I wrote for our homeschool group, after the main picture. 

Hello dear ones! We took a holiday the week before Easter. We hung out, went to the library, etc….

  • We did a two day study/lapbook on the History of the Chocolate Bunny (links after the collage).  Michael ate a chocolate bunny and I made him a felt “chocolate” stuffed bunny. I read the story of the Velveteen Rabbit.
  • Michael made several foam crafts that I got from Michael’s Craft store.
  • We did an Easter lapbook about the passion of Jesus.
  • We watched The Gospel of John almost every day as we celebrated Holy Week and followed Jesus’ passion journey in the Bible. You can see our Holy Week calendar from last year.
  • I hosted an Easter celebration for our homeschool group. The pictures from the Easter drama I wrote are at the bottom of this post, after the links. I put our snacks in the first collage. I made cauliflower sheep in a veggie plate and bird’s nest with malt eggs. We colored and made several tomb crafts.  The ones in the first collage are what I sent home. The craft we did at the group are in the second collage.
  • We made a Peep banner.
  • Lastly, Michael painted a bird feeder. We researched which colors certain birds like.

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Easter snacks

Easter crafts

Below are the pictures from the Easter drama I wrote. It’s actually based on the Passover drama my family does every year. I “Disney Jr-ed” it, so to speak. I made it interactive for the kids in our homeschool group and I added the Resurrection.

Here’s past posts when our family used the play.

This is our first year using it, with a set and all: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/maundy-thursday-passover-the-lords-supper/

Last year we made puppets and read the play at the table: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/crafty-monday-passover-the-lords-supper-and-the-resurrection/

Here’s how we did it this year:

  • We began with the story of Moses. I played the narrator and God. The other moms played Egyptians. The kids played the Hebrews. We imagined that we were slaves. My friend Stacie made one mean pharaoh lol. I just love her faces. Rachel played Pharaoh’s daughter and took pictures for me. Erin was the slave driver.
  • The kids took strips of orange and red tissue paper so they could be the burning bush. Michael played the grown up Moses (we forgot his staff by accident).  The kids helped Michael with telling Pharaoh to let God’s people go. They had a blast shouting out. I used red and blue plastic cloths for the river turning into blood. I felt like a magician pulling the cloth away lol.
  • Then the kids helped with the plagues. They threw fake locusts, paper balls for hail, paper frogs etc… They made buzzing noises for flies. The kids pretended to be Hebrew and Egyptian cattle. The Egyptian cattle pretended to die. The kids put a black blanket over the Egyptians for the plague of darkness. We got really serious for the last plague, as the Egyptians lost all their first born . The “Hebrews” put the blood of the Lamb over their door post. We used cotton swabs and red paint.
  • Now this is cool and was a complete accident on my part but a God thing: I forgot to bring the door post so I had to use the paper for the cross bar. It was perfect because the kids put the blood of the lamb on the door post and then during the Communion, Erin taped it onto the cross. So it looks like blood for the cross and really went well with the theme of Jesus being the Passover lamb.
  • So the second part is about how Jesus is our Passover Lamb. God passes over us and our sin because He sees the blood of Jesus. When we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord, then we accept the Passover Lamb. We’re saved just like the Hebrews were saved from death.
  • Michael played Jesus. He came out and quoted John 14:6. Then the kids sat at the table around “Jesus”. They got to be the disciples. It was so funny because one kid asked if he could be Peter and then a smaller boy asked if he could be God. We acted out the Lord’s Supper and the kids took communion. The kiddos cracked me up all day. A little boy named David asked if we were having beer, when I brought out the sparkling grape juice. Oh way a day!
  • David played the Roman soldier and “nailed” Jesus to the cross. Michael really got into the part  here. I was proud of how serious he was. Then Michael was put into a cardboad tomb. I called the kids to the tomb and we counted down. We imagined an earthquake. Meanwhile, Michael crawled out the back of the tomb and Erin played the Angel of the Lord. So the tomb was empty and the angel talked to us. Then Michael walked out and held up his arms. I pointed to the scars still visible. We shouted and clapped that Jesus is alive.
  • Then Michael stood in a chair with a white quilt on it for clouds. The angel then told us that Jesus would be coming back.
  • So after the play we ate lunch and ate our Easter snacks, cauliflower sheep and veggies and bird’s nests.
  • Then the kids made their tomb craft. They also took home a Resurrection coloring craft. The pictures are in the collage above.

 

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

 

Happy Easter! April 20, 2014

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Dear ones, enjoy this vid of Beth Moore called The Moment of the Resurrection. Remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the vid. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and that you all know how much Jesus loves you. He conquered death to set you free! God bless & remember THE HIGH KING LIVES!

~Amber Dover

Beth Moore vid

 

The Importance of Easter April 19, 2014

In this post: Our Easter decor, another blogger’s post on the importance of Easter, and an article on the origin of Easter.

Hello dear ones! Please stick around after the picture for a great article and post. I just wanted to share pictures of our Easter decor. I wrote a post last year about why we used to not celebrate “Easter” per say with eggs and rabbits and such. I called Easter, Resurrection Sunday but we spent more time on Passover and the crucifixion than on the Resurrection. Here’s the link that explains: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/inspirational-wednesday-part-one-why-im-okay-with-easter-eggs-etc/

Now we celebrate Lent too. We’re not Catholic and we’ve never fasted during that time but we like to countdown to Easter. We have a Resurrection Egg tree with symbols of the gospel story. We have a poster for actual Holy Week where we count down. If you look closely you can see last year’s Easter crafts: The Last Supper diorama, tp Resurrection set, and the carton chapel. We’ve got a couple of new decorations though. We set up an Easter village for the first time. I found the bunny village at Goodwill. My first Easter tree fit well with it. I found a bunny basket I had as a kid. I also bought Easter magnets. I made an Easter wreathe for our door. I hung “D” for “Dover” from it.

It’s fun taking a whole month to focus on the Resurrection. Sure, bunnies and chicks have to do with Spring but they also remind us of new life. Spring itself reminds me that I am a new creation in Christ. Winter can feel like death and then all of a sudden, life pops up everywhere. The Resurrection is just as important as Christ’ birth. We should remember both all year long. Still, holidays have a way of cementing truths in our minds. We remember Queen Esther’s story because we celebrate Purim every year. Well, we get the gospel cemented in our hearts every spring as we experience it in a hands on way. The fun helps too. It brings out the joy of childhood and at the same time points to Christ. Now that’s hitting two birds with one stone! 🙂

Check out the article & posts below the pic.

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Is the name “Easter” pagan? Where does Easter come from? Great article:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/04/19/name-easter-pagan

 Mustard Seeds talks about Lent and Easter on her blog:

http://mustardseeds.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/03/can-you-explain-lent.html

http://mustardseeds.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/02/why-easter-is-a-big-deal.html

I really love Janna’s passion for Easter. She inspired me to start my own Lent/Easter journey. The last three years (including this Lent) have been great as we’ve truly dove into Easter. I think it’s more intense than Christmas at times. This year was wonderful because I got to share my Easter/Passover play with our homeschool group. I won’t be sharing that today but in the near future ;). We also took off this whole week leading up to Easter. It was nice :).

Past Easter Posts:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/crafty-monday-passover-the-lords-supper-and-the-resurrection/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/crafty-monday-charlottes-web-party-gearing-up-for-easter/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/my-family-rocks-sunday-chinese-date-night-easter-passover-celebrations/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/a-late-crafty-monday-resurrection-garden-coffee-filter-easter-eggs-mini-pies/

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

 

Music Videos for the Spirit April 1, 2014

Hello dear ones! Today I want to share some uplifting music videos to encourage you. I’m including lyrics. Remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the vids. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Thrive by Casting Crowns (Lyric video)

 

Shake by Mercy Me. Their new album comes out the 8th I believe. I love this song but the Elvis meets High School Musical moves in the video crack me up :p. Check out Greater & Finish What He Started

 

 

Let it Go~ Tenth Avenue North (this one really speaks to me)

 

I Am ~Crowder  (Lyric vid) I’m so glad he’s still singing. He’s got to be one of my top favorite worship leaders.

 

We Believe~ Newsboys (Lyric Vid) They’ve done it again. Newsboys always delivers the truth with power.

 

Lyrics

“Let It Go”
By Tenth Avenue North

I’ve been holding on so tight
Look at these knuckles they’ve gone white
From fighting for who I want to be
I’m just trying to find security But you say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul
You say let it go Well it’s hard enough to hear
Harder still to move beyond this fear
We know there’s nothing I can bring
So tell me what do you want from me 

You say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul
You say let it go
You say let it go
Oh…

What do I love 
What do I hate
What will I lose 
What will I gain
How do I save my soul, oh
What if I bend 
What if I break
What will it cost 
What will it take
For You to save my soul, oh

You say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul

You say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul
You say let it go
You say let it go

“Shake”
By Mercy Me

I just can’t believe
Where my life was at
All that I know is that my heart was broken
And I don’t ever wanna go backAin’t no explanation
How I saw the light
He found me and set me free
And it brought me back to lifeBlame it on the transformation
Changed down to the core
His love is real
And I can’t sit still
Cause my name’s not shamed no more

Great God Almighty, gonna change this
Great God Almighty, He gonna change me

You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

Come on and shake, shake, shake like you changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed

Maybe He came to you
When everything seemed fine
Or maybe your world was upside down and hit you right between the eyes
No matter when it happened
At 7 or 95
Move your feet ’cause you are free
And you’ve never been more alive

You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

Come on and shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

Come on and shake, shake, shake like you changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed
Shake, shake

Great God Almighty, gonna change me
Great God Almighty, He gonna change me
Great God Almighty, gonna change me
Great God Almighty, He gonna change me

No matter when it happened
At 7 or 95
Move your feet, ’cause you are free
And you’ve never been more alive
You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

Come on and shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

Come on and shake, shake, shake like you changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed
Shake, shake

Great God Almighty, gonna change me
Great God Almighty, He gonna change me

 

My Family Rocks! Sunday: Chinese Date Night & Easter & Passover Celebrations April 7, 2013

In this Post: Pictures of our Chinese date night and a link for ideas. Easter & Passover/ The Lord’s Supper pictures. Several recipes: homemade BBQ sauce & Easter treats, DIY  natural hair and body  products. Also DIY air freshener.

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Hello dear ones! A couple of weeks ago the hubby and I had a Chinese themed date night completely inspired by the Dating Diva’s.  You can find printables at this link: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/chinese-please/

We haven’t had so much fun in awhile. Now to be honest, our dates don’t always start out peppy. Usually we are both drained from the day and sometimes grumpy. By the end of this date we were laughing and smiling, the next day too!

I took a picture of the printable pictured below and sent it through my “Couple” app that Chris and I share. I sent it while he was at work so he’d get the gist of what our date would be that night.

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I threw this date together in just over an hour. I literally found out my mom could kid-sit that day and then got to work.  We already had Chinese food in the freezer so I picked this Chinese date night out of our date bucket.

Okay, this Sweet and Sour Chicken by Innov Asian was DELICIOUS!  The Tai Pei egg rolls were so so but they worked. It was super easy to make mock fried rice. I didn’t have time to fry rice like I usually do. So I just cooked some white rice and added a bit of sesame oil. Sesame oil is the key to fried rice’s taste. I found a recipe for Chinese egg custard tarts. I liked it but Chris said it tasted like breakfast. Michael liked it too so he ate Chris’ left overs :).  You win some. You lose some.

I’ll admit. I was a hog and ate most of the chicken. Next time I’m buying SEVERAL boxes of this stuff!

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I found traditional Chinese music on Pandora (though once they played Lord of the Rings! How’d that get thrown in there?). I put a plastic table cloth on the bed and made it our table. We didn’t have chopsticks but I had cake pop sticks and figured they’d work. I put together a “Chinese Lantern” with a batter powered candle. The Chinese character below means “Love” and is the name of our restaurant. You can get the printable from The Dating Diva’s. You can buy cheap lanterns at the Dollar Tree but I didn’t have time.

Lantern craft here: http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/c-r-a-f-t-10-chinese-new-year/

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I was horrible using “chop sticks”. Chris being the pro and sweety he is, fed me. I did sort of get the hang of it by the end of the night.

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I loved playing “Wok Tok”, Chinese version of Mad Gab.  I didn’t have time to make edible fortune cookies so I made the paper kind.

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We put our Wok Tok strips in the paper fortune cookies.

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Then we made origami hearts. I am bad at origami too. So Chris had to help me step by step.  The link is on the Dating Diva’s page. The Chinese date night was such a fun date and it didn’t involve the tv. I really like that.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce~ http://www.simplyscratch.com/2011/09/homemade-barbecue-sauce-part-1.html

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. We had one of those weeks where we counted the days til payday. We ran out of BBQ sauce. Slow cooker BBQ sauce is one of the easiest meals for dinner after Church. So I found the above recipe and made the sauce homemade. I didn’t have red wine vinegar so I mixed part red wine and part vinegar…same thing I figure. It was delicious!

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Passover/ The Lord’s Supper

A couple of years ago I wrote a Passover play and we acted it out as a family.  Link here:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/maundy-thursday-passover-the-lords-supper/

This year we just read through it. We had a poor man’s communion: graham crackers for bread and water dyed red for juice.  It’s communion not a feast so it worked.

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We each held up our plague puppets when we got to that plague.

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Michael played Jesus. Here he is blessing the “bread” and “wine”.

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After reading the play and our Lent devotions we watched the Gospel of John on dvd. Then we had a foot washing. Michael has such a servant’s heart. He was actually excited about washing feet.

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We stayed up late making cross shaped sugar cookies.

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We wrapped them up in ribbon and attached invites to our Easter church service. Michael carried them in his Easter basket and we gave them out to neighbors and the staff at the nursing home we visit.

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Cadbury Creme Egg stuffed Cookies ~ http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2013/03/19/cadbury-creme-egg-stuffed-cookies/

I couldn’t find mini creme filled eggs so we used the other Cadbury eggs. Still tasted good and super easy. Chocolate chip cookie dough and candy eggs. Not hard at all :).

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Peep Smore’s ~ http://eclecticrecipes.com/peeps-smores-for-easter

This was fun and probably the only way I’ll eat Peeps.

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The bunny got smooshed!

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Michael had a race and invited my barbies. Yes I kept them. They come in handy for picnics, pretend movie theater, and playing store. Chris and I were the race car drivers.

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This Ken doll is the same one from Toy Story 3.  Yes, I’m getting old but he was passed down from my older sister. I had to buy him more pants and apparently modern “Ken’s” wear skinny jeans. He barely fits. Like his hat? So Fred Astaire ;).

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No “Poo” method. Eat lots of cheese! JUST KIDDING! I mean no SHAM”POO”.  This is a method that’s going around that involves using baking soda water to wash your hair and vinegar water for conditioner. You can go four days before needing to wash hair again and there’s no toxic chemicals (like most shampoos have).

So I tried this method and added peppermint and vanilla extract to take away the vinegar smell (which goes away when dry anyways). Michael said I smelled like Gingerbread! It got my hair clean but it was also drier than normal.  Though my hair tends to frizz when I blow dry anyways. I don’t think I’ll use this method all the time but it’s handy if we run out of shampoo or don’t have anywhere to go that day.

Everything you need to know about “No Poo” found here:

http://www.pistachioproject.com/2010/01/going-no-poo.html

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You can see above that I also made some homemade body wash. Again, necessity is the mother of invention. I ground up oatmeal in our coffee grinder (sorry Chris). Then I added coconut milk, honey, brown sugar, a tad bit of oil, and vanilla extract. I added water for the body wash but shouldn’t have because it became too runny. I used the same mixture minus water for a face scrub. I smelt good and my skin was smooth after.  I kept them both in the fridge so they wouldn’t spoil. They’ve lasted a couple of weeks without spoiling.

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Homemade air freshener ~  So this does give a good smell but the purpose was really to eliminate pet odor. Vinegar takes away cat urine odor. So I mixed vinegar, water,  and peppermint extract to make a healthy air spray.  I’ve started using vinegar to clean with ever since a bleach wipe burned my hands. A little baking soda and you have a great bathroom cleaner. So this air freshener can double as a cleaner. Unless you’re allergic to peppermint. Then just take it out. Vinegar evaporates quickly but it takes bad smells with it. Also you can mix lemon juice with baking soda and sprinkle it on the floors or around and in pet cagesOn another note, shredded paper is great when you run out of kitty litter or Guinea pig bedding. You have to change it more but it’s not toxic and you can add baking soda for smell.

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Time to dye eggs….

Why buy a kit? Jars of boiled water with a couple spoonfuls of vinegar each and then 15 drops of food coloring.  You can use a whisk for the dunking but we didn’t have one. Salad tongs work too.  Oh and as you can see in the background ….bleach works for dish washer fluid if you run out. Just rinse your dishes really well first. Ha ha! All you can learn waiting for pay day ;).

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Mmmmmm Easter basket

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I love my Mom’s yard. It’s so big and flat. It was supposed to rain but the Lord heard our prayers and Easter was a lovely warm day.  Chris and I hid eggs. I finally got to wear my new spring dress.

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By the way, watch out for ants and wrap your candy if you put it in plastic eggs. Those silly plastic eggs have holes in them! We had to knock ants out of the eggs!

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Chris likes to make them hard to get. Briar bushes below. It’s an obstacle course! he he he

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Mom and my step Dad Kim have an interesting pump house thing in their front yard. They thought it’d be neat to put a purple blanket on it to look like Jesus’ empty tomb. You can see we hid an egg on it. We quickly took pictures and prayed it wouldn’t rain. The sky was cloudy.

Mom and my step Dad Kim. By the way, Mom has an interesting blog about Hand writing analysis. Check it out and encourage her to blog more: http://lorettalittlefield.wordpress.com/

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Me and my guys~ Chris and Michael.

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We all look like Easter eggs. You should’ve seen all the colors at church…esp Men’s shirts.

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Nana and Michael on the hunt.

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Grandad says hello

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Mmmm goodies

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Thanks Mom for the lovely Easter dinner! We finished our Lent devotional. Mom had a Super Book video about the resurrection. I took a nap. Everyone played outside. My parents are fit :).  I enjoyed the show lol.

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

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Crafty Monday: Passover, The Lord’s Supper, and The Resurrection April 1, 2013

In this Post: A mock stained glass Passover painting, a Jesus in the Garden diorama, Lego club, a the Lord’s supper diorama,Passover lapbooks, Passion week calendar, the 10 plagues on Egypt, empty tomb craft, resurrection rolls, continent crafts, Bunny music, and more!

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Hello dear ones! I hope you’re having a lovely day. I’m going to show you snippets of what we did last week. Enjoy the pics! 🙂

First off, I wanted to give you a glimpse of our online Lego club that meets once a month. By the way, if you don’t remember from my last post, http://www.currclick.com/ offers online classes and clubs for homeschoolers. Some of the classes cost but I think all the clubs are free (?).  Michael joined a Lego club and we may take a few classes this year.
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I didn’t think I would need to help Michael but we were not prepared. We ran out of Legos and next time I should bag all that he needs for that project. The teacher that we saw on live video, talked Lego talk….like using 2×4 etc. I had never taken the time to count how many dots were across the pieces vertically and horizontally. I should’ve had these labeled and in baggies….next time.

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So while Michael chatted with other homeschoolers (ranging from 6 to 12) and watched his teacher, I frantically dug through his box trying to find the next piece. My Mom was there to supervise and cheer us on lol. We had to substitute many pieces, so Michael’s castle looks a bit different from the picture (there were about 80 steps!). It’s nice though and unique. The teacher gave a lesson on medieval times I guess but we had to get off before she did. Just building took an hour! The whole thing is recorded so maybe we will watch the lesson part this week.

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My buddy Rachel over at http://www.homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/  gave me a bag of transportation vehicles pasta (trains, planes, and cars). You can barely tell because of the Alfredo sauce but it was good.

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Our brown bird (Brown Thrasher?) came back to sing to us. I don’t know why but I get so excited when he/she shows up.

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Passover Crafts

Stained-Glass Passover Picture

First, Michael drew a picture of Moses and the burning bush. Then I copied it onto wax paper with a sharpie. I only did the outlines. Then I took another piece of wax paper and used markers to color in where the lines would be. Afterwards, I taped the outline on top of the colors and then taped that on top of foil and corrugated cardboard.

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Voila! I will put the link where I got this idea at the end of this post.

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Ten Commandments and Passover/Easter Lapbook

I combined a few lapbooks to make this one.

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Plague Puppets for Passover

I believe this idea came from Creative Jewish Mom but you can check on the link at the end. We used these during our Passover/ Lord’s Supper celebration.

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I just wanted to show you this Lent tradition we got from here:

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/02/how-to-prepare-a-family-for-lent-printable-create-a-forgivness-fresh-start-place/

It’s a neat way to practice forgiveness…and to play with flour ;).

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Cooking

For cooking we made Resurrection rolls, recipe here: http://eatatallies.com/2011/04/resurrection-rolls/

These were SO good! I wanted to eat them all!

The white “pure” marshmallows represented Jesus, who is without sin.

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The butter and spices represent how he was prepared  for burial.

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Then it is wrapped in a crescent roll to show how Jesus was wrapped in a linen cloth.

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Then the oven represents the tomb. We read the verses suggested in the blog that inspired this.

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When they come out the marshmallows are melted and it looks like an empty tomb.

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I love it when Mom comes to visit. Her and Michael do mailbox club lessons together. I grew up on these Bible lessons through the mail. They are free so check them out!

https://www.mailboxclub.org/index.php/sign-up-for-bible-lessons

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Science

Forgiveness Experiment

Our project involves a coffee filter, pencil, and red food coloring. Super simple but it did not work like it did on the inspiration blog. You’re supposed to write “sin” with pencil on the coffee filter that you’ve cut into a heart.

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Then you add red food coloring to represent how Jesus’ blood covers our sin.

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Well, the food coloring didn’t eat away the pencil like it was supposed to. If you look close you can still see the word. This is Michael’s. Me and Mom’s hearts didn’t look as good.

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By the way, here is one of our rock candy sticks. The crystals formed on top but not on the stick. One day we are going to get the hang of this!

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Typing on Tuesdays 🙂

Michael’s learning that he needs to type fast if he’s going to chat online during Lego club.

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Math

Hand less clock

We drew numbers on the trampoline and both tried being the clock hands. I called out times and Michael tried to point to them.

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This is what happens when you roll around on a trampoline! 🙂

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Me attempting…

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This next concept from: http://pinterest.com/pin/82824080619619543/   did not work at all for Michael. It went over his head. But I have an idea (involving wax paper) that can teach this same concept in a way Michael will get. Lord willing, I’ll show it to you next week.

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Music

We finished off the Easter music sheets from Susan Paradis. I hope you check out this awesome site.

http://www.susanparadis.com/catalog.php?site=piano-teacher-resources&type=Worksheets&section=3&level=x&subtype=x&subtype2=x

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Thursday we prepped for Passover. Michael watched “!Hero: the Rock Opera” while we crafted. We didn’t do as many workbooks Thursday and Friday.

Jesus’ Passion diorama

I found this picture of Jesus in the garden, online. We only have black and white so I painted some of it.

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Then we pasted it into a box.

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This is one of the dangers of crafting…

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Then Michael added moss and a rock to give it a 3D effect.

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He is Risen paper plate tomb

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Geography ~ We brushed up on the Continents & oceans song then did…

Continent Rubbings

I cut  the shapes out of foam.

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Paper plate globe

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Lord’s Supper Diorama

Michael and I cut out the 12 disciples from brown paper and put them in white robes. We made Jesus yellow so he’d stand out.

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I formed bread, a plate, a goblet, an oil lamp, and a wine pitcher from salt dough. After it baked I painted them.

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Chris painted the inside of a box grey. We used cardboard to make a table and put plastic cloth over it. We sat every one down and voila! The Lord’s Supper :).

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We got this neat Good Friday idea from Mustard Seeds. I put a red dot on Michael’s wrist to represent the blood of Jesus and then I wrote his name on top to show that Jesus was thinking of him when he gave his life. We know Jesus died for our sins because God loves us.

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Crown of Thorns Craft

Michael fashioned this crown of thorns out of playdough and tooth pics.

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An army man tried it on. It looks painful. We’re thankful that we don’t have to go through what Jesus did.

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We started this “Passion Calendar” last week but sadly didn’t finish. I guess we will finish it next year. Every day represents something Jesus did on the days leading up to His crucifixion & resurrection(Passion Week).  The inspiration blog is on the link at the end. I’ll show you our family celebrations next Sunday, Lord willing.

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Easter Crafts~

Well, time to get to NaNoWriMo camp!

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

PS: check out our neat Passover play:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/maundy-thursday-passover-the-lords-supper/