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  • June 2006 News – Cow-a-bunga!

    Posted on June 30th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Greetings from the summer home of the Wisconsin Drapers (which happens to also be the same home we live in all the time 😉 ). 




    We’re enjoying a busy and fun summer.  Highlights this month include

    • A end-of-year violin concert by Luke
    • Camping and geocaching over Father’s Day weekend (along with more than a few ticks!)
    • Luke creating a Draper’s Diary Reader Survey – Please take a moment to respond!
    • Mom preparing for and speaking at EduTech 2006
    • Stanley reading all 18 Redwall books!
    • Luke and Ben reading books in the Narnia series!
    • Kevin completing 4 tough (and fun) high ropes challenges at Camp Phillip
    • Benny loosing his first (and second) tooth
    • Preparations for another move – August 5th is the day – I forsee many boxes in our future
    • Luke attending a week long “Junk Box Wars” class
    • Sallie adding a new photo gallery to our web site
    • Ben attending a week long Sun Prairie Little Cardinals Basketball Camp
    • And a visit with the Sun Prairie cows – part of CowParade Wisconsin!

    Our boys are anxiously awaiting July, which promises a week of Camp Phillip fun for Stanley, two weeks of Texas Boot Ranch (a.k.a. trip to Grandma & Papa’s) fun, a week of VBS fun and a bowling party for Stanley’s birthday!!  Wow!  Be sure to check in next month for details!

    Please explore the rest of our entries from this month for lots of fun stuff including videos.  We’ll close the month with photos.  God bless and keep you all!


    Georgia Mookeeffe
    Luke and “Georgia Mookeeffe”


    Violet the All-Wisconsin Cow
    Stanley and “Violet the All-Wisconsin Cow”


    Flora Dora
    Benny and “Flora Dora”


    “Cow Patch”


    Georgia Co'w Keeffe
    “Georgia Co’w Keeffe” 


    Cache goodies
    Checking out a cache of goodies!


    Enjoy the view
    Enjoying a beautiful view!

  • Kevin on a Pole . . . Kevin off a Pole

    Posted on June 19th, 2006 Sallie 1 comment

    We spent a long weekend enjoying Family Fest at Camp Phillip.  Kevin participated in their high ropes challenges.  Here’s a bit of video (not for the faint-hearted 🙂 ) of Kevin on and then off of a 30 or 40 or 50 or . . . foot pole.

    No Vicars were harmed in the filming of this video.

    Watch Kevin on a Pole (.wmv – 7 MB)

    Kevin on a Pole video

    Ready for more?

    Watch Kevin on a Wire (.wmv – 10 MB)

    Kevin on a Wire video
  • Basketball Boys

    Posted on June 12th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Warning – what follows is video of two little guys hanging out shooting hoops.  Nothing very exciting.  Just plain ole summer fun.  Probably suitable for Grandmothers!  🙂

    Watch Basketball Boys (.wmv – 18 MB)

    Basketball Boys video
  • The Triune God

    Posted on June 11th, 2006 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based On: Isaiah 6:1-8

    The Triune God

    King Uzziah was one of the “better” kings of Judah between the time of King David and the exile into Babylon.  He was faithful to the Lord and the Lord blessed him with military and economic success.  Instead of giving glory to God for these things, King Uzziah became proud.  He decided to take on a responsibility that God did not give to him.  He took incense into the temple to burn it – a duty God had given to the priests.

    The priests, of course, told him this was wrong but King Uzziah reacted in anger.  As the king argued with the priests leprosy appeared on his forehead.  It was God’s punishment for his sin.  King Uzziah was not terrified by God’s holiness when he went into the temple, but he was certainly terrified when he went out.

    Terror also struck the prophet Isaiah as he found himself in the presence of God.  Yet God did not punish him, but saved him and sent him out with a message for Judah.  The Triune God does produce terror in sinful human beings, but he also saves sinners and sends believers into the world with a message.

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  • Cripple Creek

    Posted on June 10th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Last Saturday Luke played in a 40-minute violin concert at a local nursing home.  There were about 12-15 first through third grade violin and cello students in the concert (plus one Mom who was learning to play cello).  We thought you might enjoy watching and listening to the grand finale of the concert.

    Watch Luke Play “Cripple Creek” (.wmv – 5 MB)

    Cripple Creek
  • What’s that you’re missing, Ben?

    Posted on June 10th, 2006 Sallie No comments
    Ben's missing tooth
    Ben lost his first tooth!!
  • Sixty Books

    Posted on June 10th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Libaries in the Madison public library system are participating in a project called Sixty Books.  A blank book was placed in each of the sixty libraries so patrons could add artistic and written entries throughout this year.  The books will be collected and featured in a display at the Wisconsin Book Festival in October. 

    Here’s the Draper’s contribution:

    Sixty Books
    Jesus is our Sonshine!


  • The survey says . . .

    Posted on June 6th, 2006 Luke No comments

    Luke Draper here – It’s summer time and I’m studying surveys.  I wrote a survey for the Draper’s Diary readers and I invite you to complete it.  I’ll let you know the results of everyone’s answers soon.

    Take the Draper’s Diary reader survey NOW!

  • School Closing Program

    Posted on June 2nd, 2006 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based On: Colossians 2:6-7

    Continue to live in Christ

    Dear students, parents, relatives, and friends.

    Well, students, you have finished another year of school.  What will you do over the summer?  Perhaps your family has travel plans or you will be attending camp this summer.  Perhaps you are really excited about the idea of having no plans whatsoever for summer.  Regardless of your summer plans, please remember that whatever you do, continue to live in Jesus Christ.  “Continue to live in him” – these words were written for all Christians – those in Kindergarten, those in 1st grade, all the way up to 8th grade and even older.

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