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  • Question of the Week – #4 – 11/26/05

    Posted on November 26th, 2005 Sallie 2 comments

    How many vicars does it take to screw in a light bulb?

  • First Sledding of the Year

    Posted on November 25th, 2005 Sallie No comments

    Our backyard offers a great sledding hill which the boys rushed out to take advantage of after our first snow!

    Sledding hill

    Downhill ride

  • November 2005 News

    Posted on November 19th, 2005 Sallie 1 comment

    The days in Sun Prairie pass so quickly, and it is already time for us to publish our monthly Draper’s Diary update. This month we are especially excited to unveil our new blog-based design for the Draper’s Diary. It allows for many new features including

    • The ability to have comments associated with our post (instead of all lumped in the guestbook) – simply click the “Comments” link the title area of the post to add your thoughts to the Draper’s Diary
    • Easier updates for us
    • Sermons and Bible study by the Vicar
    • RSS feeds to Posts and Comments
    • Automatic archives
    • Categories for organizing – we’ve added a “Question of the Week” category and hope you will take a moment to give us your answer!
    • An interactive map on which we hope all of our readers will add a push pin with their location so we can find out where everyone is who reads about us
    • And lots more that we are just beginning to learn about.

    We have begun work on moving all of the history of the Draper’s Diary to this new location, and we will keep the old version available until we are done.

    Bens Carnival

    The big event in November was Benjamin’s 6th birthday! It’s hard to believe he was one when we left Texas to start our grand adventure! We celebrated in style, hosting a “Birthday Carnival” for Ben and 12 of his kindergarten classmates. The whole family had fun creating the carnival games, including everyone’s favorite, “The Man Eating Monster”, which was really a very friendly crawl through tube made from moving boxes opened end-to-end. Stanley and Luke did a terrific job of managing some of the games and helping out in many other ways as well. Ben received so many nice gifts too! It was a great day!

    Instead of pictures this month, we have posted some fun videos that we created. Give ’em a watch and let us know what you think!

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Please take a moment to answer our “Question of the Week” on the topic of Thanksgiving. We pray that your days are filled with thanks for the grace showered on each of us through Jesus Christ! Until next time . . . Colossians 1:3

  • Green Screen Video Fun

    Posted on November 19th, 2005 Sallie 5 comments

    Friday night family time was spent filming some short clips for your viewing pleasure. We experiemented in front of the “green screen” to come up with these. We’ve finally taken a break from our laughter long enough to share them. Hope you enjoy them.

    They are all in Windows Media (.wmv) format and should begin playing when you click each title or image below.

    Watch Out!
    Watch Out!

    A New Face
    A New Face

    Elf Defense
    Elf Defense

    Martin Luther’s dog
    Luthers dog

  • Question of the Week – #3 – 11/19/05

    Posted on November 19th, 2005 Sallie 11 comments

    What are you thankful for?

  • History

    Posted on November 15th, 2005 Sallie No comments

    We’ve all got a past. My focus in the coming weeks will be on the Draper’s Diary past. I hope to convert all of the existing information that is part of the last 4.5 years of the Draper’s Dairy, as well as our individual Blogger blog content, into this blog.

    This is a huge process, and it will take me a while to get it done. But I am excited about doing it and I think it will be a fun project that allows me to look at all that has happened in the last few years. I am thankful to have the Draper’s Diary so that I can relive so much of the happiness that we have experienced.

    Tonight my focus has been the DraperCAST. We posted 24 weekly audio podcast shows earlier this year. Hopefully we are going to restart this tradtion soon.

    Gotta get back to history. Bye!

  • Question of the Week – #2 – 11/12/05

    Posted on November 12th, 2005 Sallie 7 comments

    Turkey or ham for Thanksgiving?

  • 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!

  • October Photos

    Posted on November 5th, 2005 Sallie No comments
    Stanley running cross country track

    Stanley ran one of his fastest cross-country miles – about 7mins 30 secs. – finishing 15th out of 30 fifth grade boys

    Band concert

    Stanley (not visible in this band photo) was the only French Horn player in the beginning band.





    Bible character dress up & trick or treat fun.


    Peace Sun Prairie Forensics team

    Stanley is on the 2nd row, far right

  • Question of the Week #1 – 11/05/05

    Posted on November 5th, 2005 Sallie 7 comments

    What’s your favorite thing about November?