Category Archives: family

The 1 year old

Another baby is 1. So, I guess, not a baby anymore.


Well, he still can act like a baby. 🙂

Have him turn 1 is so exciting, but a little bittersweet.  It is all going so quickly.  The growing, the milestones, the accomplishments, the days, and now the entire year.

I’m going to tag the post from his birth story so I can relive that glorious, God-ordained day, and you can too if you’re interested 🙂

Olson Emmanuel’s birth story

At least it’s not 40 degrees below 0 today. 🙂


Ms Virginia

Our sweet Virginia left this earth earlier this week

Breaking the news to Mylin was surprisingly heartbreaking as she burst into tears on daddy’s lap.  A parent can never be fully prepared for the honest emotions and faith of a child.

We are so thankful to have enjoyed the gift of her friendship for 2 years.  Her presence in our lives provided many opportunities to teach our children about service, respect, love, humility, and lastly, the importance of eternal life

She was a part of our family…

Virginia 001(Baby Sullivan)

winter 2012 011(Little Miss Mylin)037 (Sullivan’s first birthday party)038036

February and airplane 005 (Meeting baby Olson)February and airplane 004

And she will be greatly missed…

Family Mission Statement, Rules, Values, Vows, and Verse

We did it.  Finally put this all together (by God’s grace and my husband’s intentionality).

The Draper Family Mission Statement: Every day we will joyfully choose to love and serve God and our neighbors.

The Draper Family Verse:  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with the gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

– Colossians 3:12-17

The Draper Family House Rules: 

1. Love God
2. Obey Right Away
3. Have a Happy Heart
4. Be Kind
5. Work Hard

The Draper Family Values: To intentionally practice humility, forgiveness, self-control, joy, patience, grace, service, love, and prayer with our family, friends, and the world.

The Draper Parent’s Vows: To treat our children gently, provide consistency, and be trustworthy

The Draper Kids Expectations: To honor and obey daddy and mommy, always being honest

Celebrating Motherhood

My two favorite girls in the whole world:

Momiversary 008

And the ones that made me a mom:


Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is and has a mama – thanks, God, for this precious relationship!

Meet Virginia…

Our sweet Virginia got to meet Mr. Olson several weeks ago:

February and airplane 005 February and airplane 004

She loves spending time with our kids when we get a chance to go next door and visit – and we love to visit with her and learn so much from her amazing life of 93 years!

Thankful for neighbors and friendships and God planting us down right where we are 🙂

5 weeks old!

This sweet doll baby: Olson's firth month 017Is 5 weeks old!!!!!!!


Man he’s cute.  And huge.  He’s wearing a 6 month onesie in this picture taken today because he weighs NEARLY 13 POUNDS!!!

Yeah, I know. Whoa.

What a blessing he’s been to our family.  He has calmly slipped right into our routine and I am so thankful for this newborn to provide me with so many opportunities to be patient, selfless, and gracious.  God has so intricately woven His lessons into each experience of our lives.  THANK YOU GOD for gifting us with sweet Olson and all the lessons that go along with him 🙂

Here are few photos of our first month 🙂

first bottle!Olson's firth month 002Meeting family 🙂 Olson's firth month 004 Olson's firth month 007 Olson's firth month 011

Keeping ourselves entertained with a photo session 🙂 Olson's firth month 020Mylin busted her nose last night 😦 poor Rudolph…) Olson's firth month 021 Olson's firth month 022

Love this little man!!!!

Snowed in

We’ve been snowed in since the day Olson was born!  First at the hospital and now at home 🙂  With few outings, we’ve had to get creative to keep from being bored, and also have taken some pictures to document our time as a family of five!  Here’s the rundown:

snowed in! 003They have obviously learned the importance of bouncing on a birth ball.  And the fun of it 🙂snowed in! 004

snowed in! 005Olson is not as amused.snowed in! 007Blanket time! (wow, My and Sul are HUGE)snowed in! 011A favorite Christmas gift: indoor trampoline!snowed in! 027And being SUPER silly pulling each other around in this plastic wagon NOT rated for over 10lbs, I’m sure…snowed in! 029

snowed in! 031Always, always ALWAYS asking to hold Ollie 🙂snowed in! 032

snowed in! 033Suckers on the stairs while listening to Adventures in Odyssey after lunch!snowed in! 034

 We’re getting into a groove.  Because I enjoy routines…and also because being snowed in demands some sort of sanity!

What have you done this month while being snowed in?!?!