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  • September 2006 News

    Posted on September 30th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Welcome back to the Draper’s Diary! It seems like ages have past and it has only been one short month since our last official update. So much has happened. All of the Draper boys started school and are fully into the swing of many activities.

    Stanley is back at French Horn. His school is part of the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School federation and they have a combined Elementary School Band Program that meets for practice every Saturday morning. Stanley is also running cross country track and participating in Junior Choir and the school book club.

    Luke is back at Violin and doing great. Third grade is fun and providing lots of opportunities for homework. 😉 With the move back to Milwaukee, Luke has rediscovered his love of Legos and is currently testing out a new concept – Lego carpet! His floor is covered.

    Benjamin made a big decision this month – to switch from Piano to Violin. So now, counting Kevin, we have three violinist in the family! School is going well for Ben too. He is learning all about the ocean.

    Kevin is busy with school work – writing sermons & papers, plus lots of daily translation of Greek and Hebrew. Last Sunday he preached for the first time at First Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva. He’ll preach there once a month this school year.

    Sallie has enjoyed being back “in the office” at the Synod Administration Building. Work is busy and challenging. This month also brought the first Sem Gems meeting of the school year, a chance to get together with all the other Seminary wives. I’m also busy taking all three boys to Thursday night swimming lessons.

    As a family we have enjoyed “reading” (actually listening to the book on tape) “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” and Mom is also enjoying “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century“. Have you read any good books lately? Let us know your recommendations!

    This month we added three new family members to our clan – a toad (Mozart) and two geckos (Slim & Missy)! The toad was captured in the backyard and Slim & Missy were a gift from a friend. We’ve enjoyed watching them and learning about taking care of them. The boys are really good at feeding them meal worms and catching crickets for them.

    This month we have also increased our count of geocaches found! Milwaukee offers a whole new landscape for seeking and their are tons of geocaches to be found. Last night we even found one at the local Cracker Barrel resturant. Of course we had to grab a bite to eat while we were there. 🙂

    We were blessed to have visits with two families from Sun Prairie this month. We enjoyed a Brewers game with the Rileys and today the Alberts came to our house and we made a trip up to the Seminary for a tour. What a blessing to have such dear friends from our Vicar year!

    Well, I guess that is enough news for one update. We’ll close with a few photos. The days are getting cooler and the calendar is packed with activities, so check back next month for more news! God’s blessings in Christ Jesus to you and yours!

    Brewers with the Rileys

    “Proof” that we attended the Brewers game with the Riley crew – a tailgating photo


    Mozart, the toad

    Slim and Missy

    Missy and Slim, our leopard geckos


    No trip to the Sem is complete without a chat with Martin Luther

  • Roman Encampment

    Posted on September 19th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    The Draper boys visited Wisconsin Lutheran College on Saturday for the Legio XIV Roman encampment – a reenactment group. They learned about Roman weaponry and armor and Stanley had the first-hand experience of trying on a set of the 20 pound armor. The helmet was a bit big, but I think he made a fine looking Roman soldier!


    View more images of Stanley the Brave in the Draper photo gallery!

  • Good friends

    Posted on September 3rd, 2006 Sallie 1 comment

    We hosted a “Back to School Bash” with our second career Seminary “family” today. We’re missing two from the photo, so there were a total of 34 people in attendance. Lots of fun was had by all!

    Second career family