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  • December News

    Posted on December 11th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    December 11, 2004 – It’s Christmas time again. We rejoice as we pause to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

    Glory to God in the highest!

    Our year has been filled with blessings from our heavenly father. Kevin continues his Seminary preparation to serve as a full time minister. His classes are wonderfully challenging. His practical experience was greatly increased this year as he had the opportunity to preach God’s Word in several pulpits.

    Sallie had a challenging year, adjusting to being a full-time working Mom for the first time in 8 years. The rewards have been wonderful because God has given her the opportunity to assist in his kingdom by working on the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) Web site, Working at the Synod Administration Building also includes great fringe benefits – the joy of getting to know many incredible co-workers in Christ.

    2004 was the year of Vision Therapy for Stanley. It was not always the most fun and it took a big time commitment, but he is definately enjoying the rewards for his hard work this school year. We all recognize dramatic improvements in his reading ability, which is having a positive affect on all of his studies. He is currently reading the Lord of the Rings series. He also is making great progress with his piano lessons, a joy for Mom & Dad to listen to!

    Luke is a first grader, busy learning to read. So far this fall his class has studied the ocean and nocturnal animals. He is improving and learning many new things on the violin, with only three more songs to go in Suzuki Book 1!

    Benjamin is enjoying both Preschool and daycare at Bethlehem school. He is writing his name and coloring with great style! He enjoys library story time and swimming at the YMCA.

    This year we took a summer trip south to both Texas and Mississippi and had several camping adventures. We also enjoyed visits from Kevin’s parents, and Kevin and Sallie made a trip to Arizona for a conference this fall. We will celebrate Christmas quietly at home this year, with our boys participating in the church Christmas Eve service.

    We pray each of your celebrations is filled with the eternal life-giving love of the Savior – born humbly, punished completely and living triumphantly!

  • Toys and Books

    Posted on November 25th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    I have a lot of toys and books, one of which is Tiger from a tiger family. And I have a big boat that is motorized. And I have two new Alpha team sets. And a swinging man who really swings when you push him. And I have a construction Lego set that is cool that you can make into almost anything. And I have six books that are binded.

  • November 2004 News

    Posted on November 20th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! This semester has flown by and Kevin has only a few weeks of classes and a few major school projects left. We anticipate more each day Kevin’s vicar assignment for next school year. What does God have planned for us?? It’s hard to believe that we will know in a few short months – April 7, 2005!

    This month we celebrated Ben’s 5th birthday. It’s hard to believe he was only a one-year-old when we left Texas for Kevin to start school. Now he is a big boy who loves pre-school. He is very good a puzzles (which his teacher says is a predictor of good reading) and loves games and books. He had what seemed like a month-long birthday celebration including two parties, two cakes and special snacks for pre-school. The grand finale of his birthday treats was his big gift from Mom and Dad, a Rescue Heroes Mountain Action Command Center. Here’s a silly movie clip (Quick Time, 4.9M) of Ben and his brothers playing with his new toy. We’ll close with a few photos from Ben’s birthday.

    We prayer you all have a blessed Thanksgiving Day celebration and a year filled with Thanksgiving to our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



  • What I got for my birthday

    Posted on November 19th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    On my birthday I got birthday money and I used it with my other money to get a playmobile castle. And also I got three toys in one box. And I got a safari truck with lots of parts that magnet together. Other things I got were a Lego truck, a toy panther, a Rescue Heroes Mountain Action Command center and Matt Medic. I liked all my birthday presents. The end.

  • My birthday

    Posted on November 19th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    On my birthday I got birthday cake and lots of presents. The presents were cool and they were fun. I got a toy Santis Lego knight, a playmobile boat, a big tiger, some game boy games, and an Erector set. The end.

  • Christmas is coming

    Posted on November 15th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    I have three favorite times of the year – Easter, my birthday and Christmas! The next one to come is Christmas. I like Christmas cause I get to open presents and also cause I get to eat candy canes. Also cause I like micro machines that I get in presents and also we get to play duck, duck, goose. The end of my Christmas story.

  • Today at school

    Posted on November 15th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    The first thing I did at school was I turned in my lunch tickets. The last thing I did at school was I almost finished a racoon pop-up project. There was a big oval piece of paper for the head. There was two little ears that were gray. There were two big ovals that were black and they were for the eyes. There was one nose like piece of paper which I had to fold and glue in order to finish the project. There was one tounge which I did not put on yet.

  • School day

    Posted on November 15th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    At school we have a very busy day. In the morning when i get there I usually have papers. Then i have to wait it’s 8:15 a.m. Then we start our morning. We usually have morning routins first. Then we have Math teams (which is how many flash cards you can get in 1 minute. The team in first gets 2 stickers. The team in second gets one. At the end of the week the team with the most stickers over 4 gets a Math coupon for an “A”.). Then we have Bible history, other work, then recess. Then we have dirt time (when we read) and we then have an hour till lunch. When we’re done with lunch we have gym or recess. When we have gym we also have music with the 3rd grade teacher. Then we go back to class and we do a worksheet and get a drink. Then we wait till 2:30 p.m. Then when it is 3:00 p.m. we leave school.

    What I’m reading

    I am reading “The Swordbearer” by John White. It is a good book. I think I read it for over an hour today. He also wrote “The Iron Scepter” and “The Tower of Geburah”. They take place in Anphropos. In the first two books they go through a TV. They are very exciting.

  • My second blog

    Posted on November 9th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    This is another blog. I am doing this late at night. I do not have a lot of time. This may be a one subject blog. My Mom said it would. So, it will be. I am glad the school day is over. Tuesday’s are one of the hardest days. I don’t know why. Is this one subject or can I do one more subject? Mom, please.


    Science is with my student teacher. We are studying the human body. It is very interesting. Right now we are learning about the digestive system. We’ve already learned about the muscular system and the skeletal system. They too are interesting. Did you know that it takes 3 days for your food to go through the digestive system?

    Good Bye

  • Quick Update

    Posted on November 7th, 2004 Sallie No comments

    Just a quick update to share Kevin’s big paper of the semester on Postmodernism for Dogmatics (Systematic Theology), which he turned in this week.

    Also, brand new on the Draper’s Diary Web site is the addition of weblogs or blogs.  Click the blog name below to see what we have to say.  Make it a favorite and check back for updates, or, better yet, if you haven’t already, you may download a free RSS news reader (we use Pluck) and click the RSS icon to subscribe to feeds of our blogs.