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  • October 2005 News

    Posted on November 5th, 2005 Sallie No comments

    We’re back with the latest news from the Drapers, and for the first time in the history of the Draper’s Diary, we are “late” with our monthly news. At the end of October, right at the time we normally get our post online, our Internet hosting provider gave us less than 24 hours notice that they were going out of business. We scrambled and got our web site moved to a new location with relative ease, so here we are again – better than ever!

    October was full of fun times for Stanley (and the rest of us as well) including running in one final track meet and participating in the Lakeside Lutheran High School beginning band program. He played in his first concert, titled “A Concert Only a Mother Would Love”. It was awesome!! Listen to the band play their grand finale, “When the Saints Go Marching In” (MP3 – 200 Kb).

    And, if that weren’t enough for our oldest son, he also participated in forensics practice and competition this month. Forensics was a wonderful experience for the entire family. Stanley was entered in the prose reading category, which meant he was judged on how well he read a 3 to 5 minute story. He chose “Roxaboxen” by Alice McLerran, which is a wonderful true story about a group of children who built their own “town”, outlined in stones in the Arizona dessert. Stanley read the story with emotion, eye contact and accompanying motions and we were all VERY proud!! You can listen to Stanley read Roxaboxen yourself (MP3 – 1 Mb). We also got the added benefit of hearing many other grade school children present all types of readings and speeches. What fun!

    Field trips were a common theme for all of our school boys this month. Ben went to the pumpkin patch and Stanley and Luke both went to Old World Wisconsin. All of them had loads of fun! They also loved school “Dress as your favorite Bible character day” on October 31st. All three boys were invited to friends birthday parties this month, including a farm party that the whole family attended. Speaking of birthdays, Benjamin’s is just around the corner on November 11th. Be sure to check back next month for details on the birthday carnival we are planning for him and his kindergarten buddies.

    Kevin and another second career Seminary student, Clint Rogas, each wrote articles which were published in the Seminary alumni magazine, “Preach the Gospel”, about how they became second-career students. You can read the articles here (PDF – 250 Kb). Besides that, the Vicar has stayed quite busy with the many joys and challenges of church work. He seems to have settled into a routine and is feeling more confident with his responsibilities each day. It is exciting for us all to see him carry out his duties!

    We are working on something new for our web site and hope to have details to post next month. Stay tuned. Until then, God bless and keep you all, in Jesus!

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