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  • July 2006 News

    Posted on July 30th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Welcome to the last installment of the Draper’s Diary of Kevin’s vicar year! That’s right – next month Kevin will officially be a SENIOR!! We are excited to approach the end of his school journey and the beginning of his public ministry – God willing. But, sadly that means that we have to leave our “family” at Peace Lutheran in Sun Prairie. We are moving back to Milwaukee this coming weekend – move number 4 in 5 years. Hopefully next summer’s move will be our last for quite a while!

    July flew by, with several major events to note. Stanley attended a week of camp at Camp Phillip and had a WONDERFUL, GREAT, FABULOUS time!! Right after that all three boys headed south for some R&R in Texas with Grandma & Papa.

    Don’t get any ideas that it was easy street for us parents while the kids were away! We worked hard preparing for our Milwaukee kitchen remodel job. Deciding on paint colors, counter top color, and new flooring was was agonizing. It looks so easy on Trading Spaces!?! Anyway, Kevin’s parent’s, Jack and Judy, are working miracles with our kitchen. Read on below for more about the project and links to our photo gallery.

    This past week we had two other major events. The Vicar was in charge of Vacation Bible School. We had 70-75 children each day and he organized a staff of 20+ adult and youth volunteers. The kids sang in church this morning and we had some fellowship time afterwards. It was an awesome week and I’m extra proud of the great job done by the Vicar!

    Finally, we celebrated Stanley’s birthday with a bowling party. He was blessed with lots of cool gifts (books seemed to be a common theme) and everyone had a great time. Luke even broke 100 on his first game of bowling.

    That brings you up-to-date on all of our news. We’ll sign off for now with a few photos. Please read the rest of our July posts, including several sermons from the Vicar. God bless and keep you!

    40th Anniversary
    We were blessed to celebrate Kevin’s parent’s 40th annivarsary!
    Luke built this TALL K’nex tower – complete with elevator!
    Grandma & Papa built the boys a Texas castle, swords and shields!
    draper boys
    A fine looking group of fellows!
  • The kitchen remodel

    Posted on July 28th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Our favorite “Do-It-Yourself-ers” have arrived safely from Texas (Kevin’s parent’s, Jack & Judy) and they are hard at work this week on a remodel of the kitchen in our Milwaukee home. We thought you might want to follow their progress via our kitchen remodel online photo gallery.

    Here’s a couple of pics to get you started . . .

    missing wall

    A missing wall!

    primed cabinets

    Primed cabinets

  • Happy Birthday fun!

    Posted on July 26th, 2006 Sallie 1 comment

    We celebrated Stanley’s 11th birthday today with a very fun bowling party!

    Party time
  • Our Savior Was Without Honor

    Posted on July 23rd, 2006 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based On: Mark 6:1-6

    Our Savior Was Without Honor

    What is honor?  Webster’s dictionary says it is your good name and public esteem.  It is your reputation and the recognition you receive from others.  Our Savior, more than any other, is worthy of honor. The angels in heaven sing, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  With their words the angels give him honor – they give him recognition and esteem.  The Lamb who was slain rescued the whole world from death.  The Lamb who was slain is worthy of honor, but when he came to his hometown he was without honor.  He came to the world he created and the Lamb, our Savior, was without honor.  He was without honor among us and yet, he was without honor for us.

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  • Christ’s Love Compels Us

    Posted on July 9th, 2006 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based On: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

    Christ’s Love Compels Us

    You are looking out the front of your house as a man walks by with a shovel.  He starts walking on your grass and out of your curiosity you walk out to meet him.  As he tries to find just the right spot to push the spade into your yard, I would guess that you would ask, “What are you doing?”  He might answer, “I’m digging a hole.”  Your second question would probably be, “Why?”

    Some of the things the Christian does may seem very strange to the unbeliever and they may ask in their own way, “What are you doing?” and then, “Why are you doing that?”  Even among Christians we may need a reminder about what we are doing and why we are doing it.  Paul, as he writes to the Corinthians, answers these questions.  We see that Christ’s love compels us by his sacrifice for us and also Christ’s love compels us to tell others.

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  • Geocaching 101

    Posted on July 8th, 2006 Sallie 1 comment

    Here’s an interesting article from a local news station in Madison that does a good job of explaining geocaching.

  • The results are in

    Posted on July 7th, 2006 Luke No comments

    Luke Draper here. Recently I asked Draper’s Diary readers to take a survey which I created. I thought it was time that we reported the results:

    • Fourteen people from 5 states took the survey. Half of them live in Wisconsin, followed by 21% in Texas. We even had one respondent from Indonesia!!
    • Draper’s photos, mothly update and sermons were most popular.
    • Most people had either 2 or 5 members in their family.
    • Favorite sport – Football
    • Favorite colors – a three-way tie – Red, Green & Blue
    • Eight people live near water. Someone said the closest water was sprinklers and swimming pools 🙂

    We had fun reading all of the comments that were added. One person asked for more details about geocaching. We explained it somewhat way back in January 2006. It is basically finding hidden “treasure” (usually in the form of a tupperware container) in the woods (or other places) using a Global Positioning System (GPS). More info is available at

    Thanks to everyone who took my survey. If you haven’t taken yet, its not to late. It was fun to see the results!