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  • My first blog

    Posted on November 6th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    This is my first blog. I am very excited! This is going to tell about my day. Some days it will be about books and some days it will be about things I did in school. Whatever it is, it may have a lot of different subjects in it. I don’t have a lot of time (except on Saturday and Sunday) so they may be short. I am having fun already!

    Today

    Today we went to the YMCA. I had my gymnastics lesson. Then I played in the play area. It was fun! Then we went to Culvers for lunch. I had a hot dog and cookies and cream flavored ice cream. YUM! Once we got home we had a nap because we stayed up late last night. I also played Super Smash Brothers and did homework.

    The old and new president

    The president is old and new. He is old because he’s been president already. He’s new because we just elected him. I think that is all I have to say about this subject.

    School

    I am in fourth grade. My teacher is great! My favorite thing in 4th grade is reading books! I am having fun at school.

    goodbye

    I am saying goodbye so goodbye

    P.S. goodbye,the end

    P.P.S goodbye

  • October 2004 News

    Posted on October 31st, 2004 Sallie No comments

    October 31, 2004 – Fall greetings from Wisconsin where the days are decidedly cooler and the trees are looking bare.  We’ve had a very active month and wanted to post a few photos of the fun. The boys are quite busy with school work. Luke’s class finished up their study of the ocean. Stanley’s class is learning all about Wisconsin history. Both boys enjoyed a field trip to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School where they saw the play “James and the Giant Peach”.  Ben’s class took a field trip to the pumpkin patch.

    Kevin and Sallie enjoyed a get-away to Phoenix, AZ where Sallie attended the Lutheran Communicators’ Conference.  We loved the beautiful weather and great food!  While we were away, Kevin’s parents, Jack and Judy were in Wisconsin to keep our boys. What a blessing! I’m not sure which group had the most fun – Kevin & Sallie, our boys, or their grandparents, but I suspect the grandparents came out on top!

    Today was trick-or-treat day.  The boys enjoyed gathering and handing out goodies. We put an invitation on our candy to the new WELS Kid’s Connection Web site – http://www.kidsconnection.tv . Check it out and share it with kids you know!

    It’s time to close and share a few pictures. We send you all our our love this Reformation Day! A mighty fortress is our God!!!

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    Luke made a scuba guy at school.

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    Stanley shows off his alien art work at school.

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    Sallie with her good friend Stephanie Benjes who lives in Phoenix. It’s been 9 years since we’ve seen each other!

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    Kevin snuggles up to an Arizona cactus.  Yikes!

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    Benny is our clown!

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    Halloween costumes – Stanley and Benjamin were elves while Luke wore Joseph’s coat of many colors!

  • September 2004 News

    Posted on September 29th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  And, blessed we are.  Our boys are off to a good start in school.  Stanley is reading everything in sight – completing 6 chapter books this month at school and home! He is currently reading “The Hobbit” and has declared he wants to be an elf for Halloween. Luke’s first grade class is unbelievable!  He is doing incredible work.  The class does science notebooks, starting with a study of the ocean.  He did research work on the deep sea angler and his spelling bonus words include tentacles, anemone and narwhal!  Mom is learning along with him. Benny is happy with his daycare and preschool classes. All three boys are enjoying the YMCA, taking gymnastics and swimming lessons.

    Kevin’s classes are proving to be challenging too. But he is enjoying them. We all celebrated the Seminary’s 75th anniversary at the Mequon location.  It was a neat day where we got to observe what a classroom in 1929 would have been like (taught in German with discussions about reaching out to English speaking people) and a classroom of today is like (complete with PowerPoint presentation and students with laptop computers). It is good to know that the training Kevin is receiving comes from such a long tradition.  While the teaching techniques have changed over the years, the Biblical truths that the men are taught have not changed one bit. The mission of the Seminary remains to teach men to “Preach the gospel”.

    We will close this month with a prayer for the people who have been affected by the hurricanes that have wreked havoc in the Southern & Eastern US this month.  We have included some photos of Luke’s 7th birthday celebration.  You may download a short movie (5M – Quick Time format) of Luke on his birthday. God bless and keep you all, until next time!

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    Luke and his brothers enjoyed a pirate/tropical birthday complete with ice cream cone cupcakes.

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    A little help and a cheer as Luke opens his gifts.

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    Luke is such a builder!  He was happy with his new erector set. Here he is showing off his helicopter.

  • August News

    Posted on August 31st, 2004 Sallie No comments

    It’s hard to believe that summer is over already and our boys are back in school! We made the most of this last month of summer, as our pictures below will reflect. Highlights of the month included a bit of home remodeling (Design on a Dime!), a camping weekend at Camp Phillip, a trip to the zoo, and a girls night out for Sallie!

    We celebrated a very special day when Stanley graduated from Vision Therapy. We are so proud of the tremendous progress he has made in training his eyes to focus properly! We enjoyed a family trip to the bowling alley in honor of his 9 months of hard work!

    Sallie had the chance to join Susan Rogas and her girls at the Clay Aiken concert (free tickets!) and it was a blast. If you are a Clay fan, you would have loved it.

    Kevin started school last Thursday – his “middler” year at the Sem. This marks the beginning of the 2nd half of our journey. Three years down and three to go. This year he will be writing LOTS of papers. This should keep him busy and out of trouble. He continues to coordinate nursing home devotions weekly at two different homes. This year part of his class requirements will have him teaching 7th and 8th grade catechism.

    We were excited to get a family membership at the local YMCA. It gives us all the opportunity to get some exercise, including racquet ball and swimming.

    There are lots of pictures to share with you this month. We hope you enjoy them and come back again next month for more. Peace through Jesus!

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    Our kitchen – BEFORE – One wall was brick.  It was very dark and no fun at all to stare at a brick wall everyday while washing dishes.

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    AFTER – Kevin took out the brick, did some sanding and painted the wall to match the rest of kitchen. Total cost – $0.00!!! We found old paint in the basement! Now it is much brighter!

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    A special night out with other second career wives.

    L to R:  Sallie, Susan Rogas, Stephanie Burk, Sue Rosenau, and Arleen Bolwerk

    Their friendship is a true blessing!

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    Stanley and Kevin test their skills at archery at Camp Phillip.

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    The boys get a bit close to this wolly fellow at the zoo!

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    Back to school – August 30, 2004

    Benjamin is in Pr-K 4 and daycare this year.  He’s pictured with his daycare provider, Mrs. Reedy.

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    Luke is a 1st grader this year!  He is in Mrs. Weber’s 1st and 2nd grade combined class.

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    Stanley is a 4th grader in Miss Ratzburg’s class.

    God bless all teachers and students this school year!

  • July 2004 News

    Posted on July 21st, 2004 Sallie No comments

    Raspberry season has arrived in Wisconsin! Yum! We have enjoyed four “dump” cakes from our bounteous crop of three different varieties of raspberries in our back yard. What a blessing. An even better blessing is the fact that we got to share them with some pretty special people. We had visitors this month, which is always a treat. Kevin’s parent’s, Jack and Judy, swung into Milwaukee on July 11th – Jack’s birthday, no less! We were so thrilled to have them for a few days. They also visited Michigan and attended a family wedding during their trip. They are always finding ways to stay busy! After their visit, we were so happy to spend an evening visiting with Janet Liebenow and two of her sons, Jason and Matt. They are our dear friends and former pastor’s family. We have to send along our best wishes electronically to Pastor Liebenow and Ben, their other son, as they were at home in Michigan and missed out on the visit (and the raspberry dump cake).

    Luke’s big news this month is that he learned to ride a two-wheeler. No more training wheels! Click here for video coverage of the big event.

    Jack and Judy managed to kidnap our oldest, Stanley, for a week and a half of Texas fun at Boot Ranch. We’re heading south to claim him tomorrow! Yippee! Kevin will preach at Atonement in Plano this Sunday (7/25). The 26th is Stanley’s 9th birthday and he is looking forward to celebrating with Texas grandparents in the morning and Mississippi grandparents by evening. What more could a boy ask for.

    We’ll close with just a few pictures and our best wishes to you all.

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    Stanley shows off his six-eyed k’nex creature.

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    A very tired Benny fell asleep upside down.

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    Luke learned to ride a bike at Camp Phillip!

  • June 2004 News

    Posted on June 25th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    Summer is here and passing much too quickly! We’re making the most of our free time. The boys are staying busy with the library summer reading program, music, chores and lots of outside time! Stanley enjoyed a week at Wisconsin Lutheran High School’s Choral Camp. We all went for his final concert and really enjoyed it. We all enjoyed time at Camp Phillip, a WELS camp near Wautoma, WI. Luke and Stanley got there first taste of summer camp and we all got to participate in the fun of campfires, swimming and devotions! It is an awesome place and we can’t wait to go back!!

    With sadness and joy we said goodbye to Sallie’s sister-in-law, Debbie Byrd, who entered heaven’s glory on Friday, June 11, 2004. She will be missed, but we are all thankful that her earthly battle with cancer is done. Please remember her family – husband Richard and children Zachary, Wendy and Jack – in your prayers.

    We are counting down to our trip south in late July. We can’t wait to visit with family and friends!! God’s Blessings to you all!

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    Deborah Fay Byrd

    March 26, 1952 – June 11, 2004

    Always in our heart!

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    Benjamin cools off in the backyard sprinkler.

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    Stanley at Choral Camp. He is in the top left corner of the group.

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    Fun in the sun!

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    Luke is all wrapped up in his flower!

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    Stanley and his camp counselor – Jared.

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    The boys learned about their “Anchor of Hope”.

  • May 2004 News

    Posted on May 31st, 2004 Sallie No comments

    Greetings from wet Wisconsin! We’ve just returned from our first camping trip of the year. It was a rainy weekend, but we had lots of fun anyway!  We have a few photo highlights to share.  Click these links to download a video of the boys enjoying the playground (5 MB, Quick time) and a video of Benny doing a funny jog (5.2 MB)!

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    Stanley is proud of his first fish!  Kevin caught one too!

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    Luke stops to share a sweet smile. He lost his second tooth this weekend (but you can’t tell in this picture)!

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    Benny said his favorite things about camping were the campfires and the s’mores!!

    Everyone is officially done with school for another year.  Kevin and Stanley both enjoyed a field trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum with their classes while Luke’s class went to a Kindergarten Fun Day at Kettle Morraine Lutheran High School. Stanley and Luke both got to attend Special Interest Day at their school where they were involved in a variety of activities including making crafts and edible goodies.  It’s easy to see that they had lots of chances to celebrate the completion of the the year.

    Speaking of celebrations, Kevin and I both celerated birthdays this month. And, Kevin planned an extra special gift for my birthday – he preached in our church for the first time!!! We were all quite proud as he did a very good job. Since then, we’ve heard him preach 3 more times, and it gets better all the time!  Last weekend we traveled to Sugar Bush, WI where Kevin preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church. This is a very special congregation to us as they have “adopted” us. It was wonderful to worship with them. They even had a potluck lunch after church so that we could enjoy some special fellowship time. God has blessed us with Christian family everywhere we go!

    We ask for your continued prayers for Sallie’s sister-in-law, Debbie, and her family and friends as her long battle with cancer is nearing its end.

    Please come back next month for more news from the Drapers.

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  • April 2004 News

    Posted on April 27th, 2004 Sallie No comments

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    I know that my Redeemer lives;
    What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
    He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
    He lives, my ever-living Head!

    He lives, all glory to his name!
    He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
    Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:

    “I know that my Redeemer lives!”

    CW 152:1,8


    Easter greetings from Wisconsin. We welcome you back to The Draper’s Diary, where spring is in full bloom. The joy of Easter embraces all of our days as we anxiously count down to the end of another semester and Kevin’s third year of studies for the pastoral ministry. We can’t believe how time has passed so quickly and we look back on what seems like a blur – leaving “home” with three young boys (ages 1, 3, and 5 at the the time), our treasured friends and church in New Ulm, our newest home and church family in Milwaukee, jobs, trips, challenges and lots and lots of study time for Kevin – and we are full of gratitude to our Lord and Savior for all the many blessings he gives us each day!

    Our Easter celebration was quite. Sallie was busy, singing with the choir in a total of 5 church services during Holy Week. Kevin and the boys enjoyed a long Spring Break, the entire week after Easter. It was a great chance for Kevin to catch up on school projects and relax a bit. He brought the boys to Mom’s work for lunch one day and another day took them to the local Children’s Museum. They had a great time.

    The photo above and one below are of our beautiful tulips. With no work on our part, we were surprised to see a multitude of flowers in our yard, strictly for our enjoyment this spring. Another note about photos: you may want to visit the www.wels.net homepage. There might be some folks you know pictured there. While you’re there, click on the “Community” link for an up close view.

    Lastly, we just had to share with you something from Luke’s school work. We hope you enjoy his drawing! Again we ask for your prayers for our sister-in-law, Debbie Byrd, and her family as she struggles with cancer.

    He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

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    Easter morning at Bethlehem, Menomonee Falls, WI.

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    Tulips are sooo beautiful!!!!

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    I love this school work from Luke!

  • March 2004 News

    Posted on March 29th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    Hello again from the Wisconsin Drapers. I’ve just about let March slip by without a Draper’s Diary entry. Here’s a bit of the news from our neck of the woods.

    We’ll start with Luke this month as he celebrated a major milestone in his young life; he lost his first tooth!  What a joyous event that was.  He was most happy to add a little tooth fairy loot to his bank because he is always saving his money for something. His latest acquisition was a 3-D bulldozer puzzle – very cool! The other big event this month for Luke was he and his Dad played violins together for kindergarten show and tell. You’ll see a photo of them below.  Hopefully this is the start of a neat tradition.

    Speaking of playing instruments, Stanley also played a “concert” on piano at a nursing home where Kevin coordinates worship services.  He did a great job and the residents just loved his music.  Stanley also participated in the Pioneer pine car derby and won a certificate for best imagination for his rattle snake car.

    Benjamin, Kevin and Sallie have been staying busy with too many activities to remember.  We all enjoyed a quick visit with Kevin’s parents in mid-March. Also Sallie enjoyed a weekend women’s retreat, filled with singing, Bible study and lots of food and fellowship.

    We close with a request for your continued prayers for Sallie’s sister, Debbie, as she battles cancer. May God bless and keep you all safely in the palm of his hand!

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    Stanley’s diamond back rattlesnake pine car.

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    Luke and Grandma enjoy watching the pine car races!

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    Stanley accepts the award for best imagination in building a pine car

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    We all enjoyed working on this beautiful puzzle.  Notice Luke’s smile – minus one tooth!

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    Luke and Dad gave a mini concert for kindergarten show and tell

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    Our happy family

    Kevin, Sallie, Stanley (8), Luke (6) and Benjamin (4)

  • February 2004 News

    Posted on February 21st, 2004 Sallie No comments

    Greetings all and welcome back to the Draper’s Diary.  We’ve had a busy month and can’t wait to share our latest news with you.

    Kevin is enjoying his classes at the Sem.  This semester is a bit tougher than last as he has one additional class. He is happy that his class schedule allows him a later start on Wednesdays – no first hour class!  He is using a laptop computer for the first time this semester, and it is proving to be quite beneficial for note taking.  The Seminary has a wireless network, which is great!  Kevin’s dream is to be totally paperless. This Tuesday, February 24th, Kevin will preach his first sermon for his class. Then next Thursday, March 4th, Kevin will preach for the school chapel service.  I’m sure he would appreciate your prayers on these special days.  He continues to serve as a student coordinator for the Seminary-led nursing home services and is active in our church as well.

    The boys are always busy.  They are still faithfully practicing their instruments and earned an afternoon at a clown carnival to celebrate their practice.  It was lots of fun. Stanley is busy drilling his multiplication tables and practicing his vision therapy. He is also working hard on his entry for the Pioneer pine car race.  Luke and Ben use every spare moment to play!

    I, Sallie, had an especially eventful month. I was a beta tester of some new scrapbooking software that will soon be released from a company called Lettering Delights.  It was fun to play with the software and report problems I found.  I earned two free pieces of software for all my “hard work”.  My biggest news, however, is that after 8 years of being a stay-at-home mom and working various part-time jobs, I have been blessed to returned to work full-time.  I started my new job January 26th.  I am working at the WELS Synod Administration Building on the synod web page (www.wels.net) as Help Desk person and Trainer. I’ve just finished my fourth week and am very happy with the job.  I still have lots to learn, but I am finding ways to be productive. I find my days too short, but very fulfilling.

    We pray this finds you all well. Our busy days didn’t leave much time for picture taking this month, but I will share what I have.  Please keep Sallie’s sister Debbie in your daily prayers, as she bravely battles cancer.  See you in March!

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    Sallie’s sister, Anona, shows off her trophy.  She is this year’s Football Frenzy Queen!! This is the fifth year our family has played a football stats game.

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    I’ve heard of being buried in sand at the beach, but Kevin decided to be buried in SNOW!!!

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    Benjamin loves to smile for the camera.

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    A quick shot of three Valentine’s boys.