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  • May 2005 News

    Posted on May 31st, 2005 Sallie No comments

    Happy Memorial Day! Welcome back to the Draper’s Diary! We’ve had a jam packed month and have tons of news and photos to share that this month’s Draper’s Diary! We hope you enjoy it.

    Early in May we participated in the annual Seminary Call Day 5K Predicition Run/Walk. Before the race, we predicted how long it would take us to complete the course. Kevin and Stanley decided to run while Sallie, Luke and Benjamin walked (and really didn’t complete the entire course – but had fun anyway). As it turned out, Kevin and Stanley came in within 1 minute of their predicition (32:47) and Stanley won as fastest child and closest child to his predicted time! Way to go – Stan the Man!

    After the run, the guys celebrate with Joshua Yu, a Seminary senior.

    Joshua’s first call is to St. John in Wauwatosa, WI.


    The first few weeks of May are always a special time at our house. In two weeks we manage to celebrate both Kevin’s and Sallie’s birthdays, as well as their wedding anniversary (12 years) and Mother’s Day to boot!

    As if all that wasn’t special enough,this year was an extra special year for me (Sallie) – I turned 40 on Friday the 13th!! The day was incredible -start to finish. At work there were yummy birthday treats, lunch out to celebrate, wonderful gifts and flowers! At home, Kevin and the boys took me out to dinner at a new Mexican restuarant and stopped off at Best Buy so I could buy a new toy (iRiver MP3 player/recorder) with birthday money from generous parents! You can listen to our first remote DraperCAST podcast recording made at the restuarant while we were having dinner.

    How could it get any better??? But it did . . .

    After supper Kevin announced he had to “stop by church” for a paper. His grin at this point gave him away. When we arrived at church, he needed my help finding the right paper, and I walked into my surprise birthday party. What a wonderful treat!!! About 25 people gathered with us to celebrate in the church basement where Kevin had decorated (complete with a crown for me), prepared great food (with the help of several good friends) and put together a “This is Your Life” a slide show. It was so awesome, and I enjoyed every minute of it. There were many special gifts, but Kevin surprised me by having my flute refurbished and with a Katie Luther bobblehead – a companion to his Martin Luther bobble head I bought him a few years ago! Another special treat was that our parents “attended” via stand-up photos created by Kevin’s parents for the occasion.

    I will always treasure the memories of being “Queen for the day”!!


    Kevin explains how I met Mr. Right who was

    * Handsome
    * Intelligent
    * Strong
    * Rich
    * Famous


    It took a while to light all of those candles!


    May continued at a breakneck pace. We were happy that we resolved our housing issues for vicar year on both ends – we found a returning senior family to rent our house in Milwaukee while we are away and we found a beautiful duplex in the country to rent during our year in Sun Prairie. We made two trips to Sun Paririe to find and secure the housing. This allowed us the opportunity to worship at Peace, where Kevin will serve as a vicar beginning in August. After worshipping there and having the opportunity to get to know Pastor and Mrs. Werre a bit more, we are more excited than ever to be a part of this wonderful congregation! Here’s a few photos of our new home.

    May marked the end of another year of school for all of the Draper boys. Kevin’s school year ended with a push to complete 4 big papers. He got them all done (and planned a surprise party for Sallie in his spare time) and was happy to be finished!

    Stanley finished the school year with studies of the United States. He did a special project on Oregon and learned all the state locations and capitals. He is starting his summer off with lots of reading, currently making haste through “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C. S. Lewis.

    Luke’s end of the year Science study was on the rainforest. We enjoyed “Rumpus in the Rainforest” – a fun play and party. Listen to some audio highlights from the party.

    Benjamin finished his Pre-K year with a picnic. Next year he will be a kindergartner!

    May also brought us wonderful house guests from the Ukraine! One of Kevin’s classmates, Brian Diring (another second-career student), took an emergency call to teach Greek in the Ukrainian Seminary this past school year. During his time in Ukraine, God blessed Brian with the gift of a Ukrainian wife, Oksana. Brian and Oksana were married in January. They are visiting America this summer and our house was their first stop.

    We enjoyed our time with them, learning a lot about the Ukrainian culture, food and language. What a treat! Listen to our DraperCAST featuring an interview with Brian and Oksana.

    That brings us to the end of our May recap. We look forward to a busy summer as well. Besides preparing for and moving to Sun Prairie we are planning some time at Camp Phillip and in Branson with Sallie’s parents. Kevin and Sallie will be working at this summer’s Synod Convention while the boys vacation in Texas with Kevin’s parents. Perhaps we will see you along the way!

    God bless and keep you until next time!

  • DraperCAST # 19 – May 27, 2005

    Posted on May 27th, 2005 Sallie No comments
    Mom and the younger Draper boys bring you this DraperCAST from under the kitchen table!?!
  • DraperCAST # 18 – May 20, 2005 **SPECIAL**

    Posted on May 20th, 2005 Sallie No comments
    Tune into this extra audio coverage of excerpts from Luke’s “Rumpus in the Rainforest” class play.
  • DraperCAST # 17 – May 20, 2005

    Posted on May 20th, 2005 Sallie No comments
    Tonight’s DraperCAST features special guests, Brian and Oksana Diring, our house guests this week from Ukraine. We talk to them about life in Ukrain and Oksana’s first impressions of America. You won’t want to miss this one!
  • Surprise Birthday Party Pics

    Posted on May 17th, 2005 Sallie No comments

    The forthy-year-old birthday queen enjoys her surprise party!

    Special guests at the party were Sallie’s and Kevin’s parents!

    Kevin presented a slide show with highlights of my life. Here he’s explaining how I met “Mr. Right”.

    Yummy cake!

    Stanley helped Mom blow out all those candles!

    Debbie and Nicole – friends from work – helped Kevin pull off the surprise!

    Luke made a special creation in honor of the occasion!

  • DraperCAST # 16 – May 13, 2005

    Posted on May 17th, 2005 Sallie No comments
    Greetings DraperCAST listeners! Friday, May 13th was my (Sallie’s) 40th birthday and was ultimately celebrated with a surprise party which Kevin arranged in my honor at church. Before making our way to the party, we stopped by Best Buy so I could spend my birthday money on a digital recording device called an iRiver. We then went out for a nice dinner and our DraperCAST was recorded at the restuarant while we were waiting for our supper. This was before we went to the surprise party.

    Sorry for the delay in posting it. I guess when you turn 40, you slow down a bit! Hope you enjoy the silliness!

    Visit Sallie’s blog, “The latest from SallieD!“, for photos of the party fun.

  • I’m gonna be 40 . . . someday!

    Posted on May 11th, 2005 Sallie No comments

    Here I sit, on the brink of my 40th birthday (Friday the 13th), and I don’t know quite what to think about the big event. My 30s have certainly been quite eventful, with the birth of three sons, being an at-home Mom to them and supporting my husband on the grand adventure we chose to undertake in order that he might become a pastor.

    Will my 40s top that? I’m looking forward to watching my sons grow, being challenged by my wonderful job, and being a vicar’s and eventually pastor’s wife. I’m confident in the fact that God knows the plans he has prepared for me and my family! His plans are great plans for this (almost) 40-year-old!!

  • DraperCAST #15 – May 6, 2005

    Posted on May 6th, 2005 Sallie No comments
    The DraperCAST is back with more fun than you can stand on a Friday night! Tune in to hear all about our trip to Sun Prairie last Sunday as well as a special tribute to our Moms/Grandmas!
  • Trying out

    Posted on May 2nd, 2005 Sallie No comments
    this is an audio post - click to play