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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!!

  • Merry Christmas 2010

    Posted on December 9th, 2010 Sallie 1 comment

    Advent Greetings 2010 to family and friends, near and far!

    We pray this finds your hearts preparing for the coming of our Savior, looking at this sometimes mixed-up world through the lens of God’s Word.

    Join us for a photo tour of 2010!

    As we reflect on another year of God’s grace, several highlights stand out:

    • The Draper boys stayed busy this year with a community children’s theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, German language camp, and fun at Camp Phillip where Stanley served as a Jr. Staff member for the first time.
    • Speaking of Stanley, he’s enjoying the fact that he has his driving learner’s permit.
    • Speaking of transportation, the boys experienced their first airplane trip this summer when they flew with Mom to Mississippi.  Sallie attended a fun reunion with her high school band friends.
    • We said goodbye to Sallie’s father, Pete Wilson, in May and look forward to a heavenly reunion with him some day.
    • At St. John’s we celebrated our schools 125th anniversary.  Kevin added new responsibilities this fall as he began serving as interim school principal.

    You’re invited to worship with us at St. John’s via our live video stream (www.stjohnsse.com/live).

    God’s blessings to you and those you hold dear, this Christmas and throughout 2011!

    Gal 4:4-5

  • A couple of Christmas videos

    Posted on December 25th, 2008 Sallie 1 comment

    About time to sleep around the Draper home, but before I do, I wanted to share a couple of Christmas videos.

    First, here’s a look at our new collection of “Get Smart” DVDs, in some creative packaging.

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    Next, the boys demonstrate a robot they programmed with their new Lego Mindstorms NXT.

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  • Special Decorations

    Posted on December 14th, 2008 Sallie 1 comment

    A look at our favorite decorations – lots of memories behind these!

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  • Lights

    Posted on December 14th, 2008 Sallie 1 comment

    Love those twinkling Christmas lights!

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  • Christmas News 2008

    Posted on December 14th, 2008 Sallie 1 comment

    Christmas Greetings to our dear friends and family,

    We bring you good tidings from Sleepy Eye, MN where the snow is falling, the north wind is blowing and we’ve warmed up to a balmy 10º.   Here’s the Draper’s top ten countdown of 2008 happenings:

    1. We enjoyed a wonderful return vacation to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota including visits to Wall Drug, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and the Wind Caves.
    2. Our summer was busy with swimming lessons, camps and installing a new computer lab at school.
    3. We were sad to say goodbye to Kevin’s Grandpa Carl Draper who was welcomed to his heavenly home in October.
    4. Kevin completed a busy and rewarding first year of ministry full of lots of baptisms, weddings, funerals and confirmation of 11.
    5. Sallie enjoyed relaxing with stamping projects.  At work she co-hosts a weekly podcast about ministry and technology called WELSTech – welstech.wels.net.
    6. Stanley is an 8th grader this year, involved in piano & forensics.  He is a voracious reader, and his favorite thing is dragons.
    7. Luke started his 5th grade year with new glasses.  He is still playing violin and enjoying building a cool model train layout.
    8. Benjamin is the world’s best 3rd grade puzzle solver.  This summer he enjoyed eight weeks of tennis lessons.
    9. October was a huge month for our extended family. We celebrated Sallie’s Mom and Dad’s 60th anniversary with a fun family reunion in Branson, and after 20+ years in Texas, Kevin’s Mom and Dad became the newest residents of Sleepy Eye and members of our church family.
    10. We daily realize how enormously blessed we are to be part of the family of God here at St. John’s – www.stjohnsse.com.

    We’ve created a special online Christmas greeting loaded with photos of our 2008 adventures at www.txnetstars.com/christmas08.  We pray your holidays are full of joy as you marvel at the birth of our Savior!

    “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

  • Merry Christmas 2008!

    Posted on December 6th, 2008 Sallie 1 comment

    Thinking of friends and family near and far at this special time of year and praying that the love of our Savior fills your heart with joy! We invite you to view our “Scrapblog” of photos from this past year …