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  • Christmas 2011

    Posted on December 29th, 2011 Sallie No comments


    Merry Christmas 2011 from The Drapers!

    Break forth , O beauteous heavenly light, and usher in the morning.
    You shepherds, shrink not with affright but hear the angels warning.
    This child, now weak in infancy, our confidence and joy shall be,
    The power of Satan breaking, our peace eternal making! – CW 44

    We pray your life is filled with heavenly light this Christmas as we welcome our Savior, Jesus Christ, and marvel at God’s perfect plan for our salvation, found in the humble manger.

    We love this time of year when we hear from friends near and far, and we love sharing a bit about our lives with you as well. Our 2011 highlights include …

    • Boys – Stanley can drive!! He’s loving his Junior year and excitedly making plans for college. Luke is an 8th grader this year. He’s taken a special interest in building wood models and is running out of space in his room for them all. Ben is in 6th grade and doubles as our stand up comedian.
    • Church – Many memorable events at church this year included a Prayer Pal party, “United Under God’s Promise” Unity Sunday where we took fun rainbow themed photos of members, and an Advent by Candlelight womens’ event this month. Another special highlight was our “Robot Connection” summer Bible camp. Happy, happy! Joy, joy!!
    • School – In May Kevin made it on the local TV news and in the newspapers when he spent the night on the school roof to reward the students for meeting their reading goal. I think he kind of liked it up there!
    • Celebrations – We enjoyed creating a surprise scrapbook of memories for Kevin’s Mom, Judy, in honor of her 70th birthday. We were also honored to be part of the wedding celebration of our co-worker, Stephanie (Zastrow) Arndt, as Kevin got to officiate hers and Dave’s marriage ceremony at the beautiful Chapel of the Christ at Martin Luther College.
    • Travel – We were on the road quite a bit this year … Sallie to Mississippi, Mississippi (Sallie’s Mom, Nina, and sister, Janet) to Sleepy Eye, Kevin and Sallie to Milwaukee for the LWMS Convention, and the family to Michigan for camping near Mackinac Island and a day in Flint with family.
    • Technology – This was the year of the tablet computer for our family. Sallie got an iPad in May and hasn’t been seen in public (or private) without it ever since. Kevin and Stanley added Droid tablets recently, and we are all amazed at the many things we can do with the devices – including the “Instagram”-ed photos on on our Christmas card. This was also the year of Java (programming, not coffee) as Kevin and Stanley collaborated on a few cool projects including our gift to you – an online family photo program. Check it out, and make your very own unique Draper family Christmas photo at

    txnetstars.com/christmas11

    May God bless you and yours, this Christmas and in 2012!!

  • Saturday morning poetry

    Posted on September 17th, 2011 Sallie 1 comment

    Gone are the days of Saturday morning cartoons that I enjoyed as a child.  Instead, my kids are eager to start their weekend with video games.  Their current favorite is Lego Universe.  And since we’ve connected a “media PC” to our TV, they love to play on the widescreen.

    Of course, they know they have to practice violin before any game play begins.  That’s why I was awakened at 7 a.m. this morning with the strands of Perpetual Motion and with a clicking metronome set at 104 beats per minute!

    When I finally made it downstairs and found the two younger boys enjoying their game, Luke greeted me with this poem he wrote about his Saturday morning experience.

    Hi mom. Hi dad.
    I hope you don’t mind
    that I came down the stairs
    and didn’t didn’t inquire

    as to your opinion of
    the matter which I face.
    Should I come down the stairs
    as if in a race

    to try for the PC
    without even giving
    my brother a chance,
    or would you be naying

    an action so bold …
    instead of staying in bed
    where it’s warm and not cold
    to not hurt my eyes in the midst of my head?

    The bait was too much.
    I came down the stairs,
    but I practiced my violin
    so I need not have cares. 

  • Happy Birthday Stanley!!

    Posted on July 26th, 2011 Sallie 1 comment

    Celebration day –
    Sixteen trips around the sun
    for my dear first-born!

  • Birthday haiku

    Posted on July 11th, 2011 Sallie 1 comment
    Sending birthday joy,
    for seventy years today,
    to our dear Papa!

  • A Patriotic Haiku

    Posted on July 4th, 2011 Sallie No comments
    The fourth of July
    has spectacular fireworks.
    Summer fun blowout!

  • Vacation Video Time (grab some popcorn!)

    Posted on June 20th, 2011 Sallie 1 comment

    We vacationed some.
    Now our travel is all done.
    Time to share the fun!

  • Happy Father’s Day

    Posted on June 19th, 2011 Sallie 1 comment

    Father’s Day is here!
    We can’t help by clap and cheer
    for our Fathers dear!!

  • A rhyme

    Posted on June 11th, 2011 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments
    Not another Haiku!
    Each and ev’ry one is new.
    You should try one too!
  • Mackinac Island

    Posted on June 11th, 2011 Luke No comments
    Mackinac Island,
    a very popular place,
    was extremely fun!
  • Fire

    Posted on June 11th, 2011 Stanley No comments
    Greedy, greedy fire.
    Eating up the fire wood.
    Chase away the cold.