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  • November 2006 News

    Posted on November 30th, 2006 Sallie 1 comment

    Welcome back to the Draper’s Diary. We’ve had another busy month. Wow – senior year at the Seminary is flying by. Now it is less than six months to graduation! Kevin continues to preach on a monthly basis in Lake Geneva. This month when we were there, we got a special treat because it was Camp Phillip Sunday. We got to sing all of our favorite camp songs. What fun!! In addition to preaching in Lake Geneva, Kevin also preached at Grace Lutheran in Sugar Bush (north of New London), WI. This congregation has adopted our family for all four years at Seminary, a wonderful blessing to us! This is the third time we have visited there for Kevin to preach and each time they have had a potluck meal after church for us.

    We were busy with other activities this month as well, including geocaching and Luke’s class sining for the Veteran’s Day celebration in Germantown, WI. Read on for more about these events. We enjoyed attending the Forensics meet at Luther Prep and catching up with many of our Sun Prairie friends. We especially enjoyed ice cream with the Werres and Bastians at Mullen’s afterwards. Yum!

    We surprised Ben and his best buddy Andrew with a Star Wars birthday bash. Our house was a tangled web of laser beams, and all the kids had to untangle the mess. We all had a very fun time. Ben and Andrew loved their Star Wars cake and both are enjoying Lego Star Wars II video games.


    We’ll close this quick update and look forward to our December Christmas news coming soon! God bless and keep you in his tender care!

  • Come Geocaching With Us

    Posted on November 25th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    We spent some of this years’ Thanksgiving holiday hot on the trail of several Germantown, WI geocaches. For those who are new to the term, geocaching is an global treasure hunt where participants search for logged caches using a GPS receiver. The official web site for geocahing,, explains it this way:

    What is Geocaching?

    Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

    So on Thanksgiving day our family, also know as team geofish5, along with our team mascot, Casey the Wonder Dog, set out to find more caches in one day than we had ever found before. Our previous record had been six caches in one day. We took along our video recorder so you could enjoy the experience with us and perhaps be motivated to try geocaching yourself, if you haven’t already.

    Warning: The following video contains geocache location “spoilers”. Do not watch if you plan to geocache in Germantown, WI. 😉

    Come Geocaching With Us (.wmv – 28 MB)

    Come Geocache With Us video
  • Auto-bio poem by Stanley

    Posted on November 20th, 2006 Stanley 1 comment

    Thin, reader, tall, and ferocious
    Son of Kevin and Sallie
    Sibling of Luke and Ben
    Lover of recess, a good meal, and some desert
    Who feels happy at recess, glad in the summer, and sad when summer ends
    Who finds happiness in books, chocolate, and his grandma
    Who needs a dog, some love, and a new game
    Who gives the dog food, water, along with a treat
    Who fears the Devil
    Who would like to see Jesus
    Who enjoys recess with friends
    Who wears jeans and a t-shirt
    Resident of Milwaukee

  • Our beautiful baby turns 7

    Posted on November 11th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Today is Benjamin’s 7th birthday. To celebrate, Mom took a walk down memory lane and looked at photos from his first year. I’ve posted a few of the best ones in our photo gallery on a page dedicated to Benjamin’s baby pics. We invite you to visit and enjoy the memories with us!

  • Veteran’s Day Celebration

    Posted on November 11th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Today Luke’s 3rd grade class participated in the dedication of the new Veteran’s Mermorial in Germantown, WI. We wanted to share video of a bit of the ceremony and of Luke’s class singing America the Beautiful and God Bless America. Thanks to all the veterans who protect our freedom!!

    Watch the video of Veterans Day 2006

    (.wmv – 21 MB – 6:52 – Luke is in the red and orange coat near the center of the singers)

    Veterans Day video
  • Weird Wanderings

    Posted on November 5th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    This weekend the Draper’s headed north to Sugar Bush, WI where Kevin preached at Grace Lutheran Church, a congregation that has adopted us during Kevin’s four years at Seminary. Along the trip we found seven geocaches including one at the strangest location we have ever visited – Schettl’s Freight Sales in Butte des Mortes, WI. This is an actual hardware store which is home to a collection of yard statues (? for lack of a better way to describe it) of everything from dinosaurs to tigers to sharks to chickens. Words can’t really describe what we saw and photos don’t even fully capture it, but we thought we’d share a few anyway. I guess there are stranger places on earth, but I’m at a loss to think of anything more odd at this point. 😉

    Visit our photo gallery for even more of this madness!

    Lady in the moon
    Singing fellow
    Mounted cow – XXXL
    Boy eating dino – See the smiling face in the window?
    Giant chicken farm
    Farmer Schettl
    Run boys!
  • October 2006 News

    Posted on November 1st, 2006 Sallie No comments

    The Draper’s are back with all our latest news. It’s hard to believe how quickly October flew by. The weather in Wisconsin turned quite a bit cooler. We’ve even had a few snow flurries. I wonder what type of winter lies ahead??

    Kevin is staying busy with school work, preaching and leading Bible class. Among other things, he is working on a big Church History paper and video presentation about our mission work in Indonesia. Assignment Day and Graduation are getting closer all the time. Kevin isn’t dwelling on those looming dates as much as others (including me) are, but just in case you are curious, Assignment Day is May 24th, and that is 204 days away (according to 😉

    I (Sallie) am staying busy trying to balance work and home. I had the privilege of traveling to the Michigan Teachers Conference, held in Stevensville, MI, for a presentation in early October. Thankfully my boss drove us safely through Chicago! Not the place for this Mississippi girl to drive – for sure! It was great to have a quick visit with Janet Liebenow and Tony Perry – two teacher friends with Texas ties!

    The boys and I have been listening to lots of good books on tape including Class Clown, Mr. Tucket (a western) and Dear Mr. Henshaw. We also still enjoy listening to our favorite family-friendly podcast – The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd – which just started it’s 5th season.

    The boys keep us busy with homework, music practice & lessons, library time, swimming lessons and singing in church. We all continue to enjoy geocaching and have found a total of 50 caches, including 4 in October.

    Kevin and I have enjoyed playing with Google Earth software. It gives you a satellite view of anywhere on earth. Very cool! I also found it interesting to explore the other Google offerings. Check out the items featured on the Google products page, including web-based shared calendaring, book searching, web-based word processing & spreadsheets, and more. And all for FREE!!

    I guess that is enough news for now. Our boys brought home this year’s school pictures yesterday so you may have noticed that the Draper’s Diary banner changed. Another year older and cuter all the time! We’ll close with a look at their pictures from last year – one last time. Please read on for more news, photos and video from October.

    God bless and keep you in his tender care!

    The Draper boys – Fall 2005