Hand-drawn memories

News | December 20, 2022

The theme of this year’s Advent devotion is: Do you see what I see? An array of St. Paul voices selected a photo or photos that hold very special memories to them, then sat down and reflected on what that photo means to them. What do they see and remember that others may not when looking at this photo? Through their words and stories, hopefully, you’ll see a little of what they see.

Stars and angels
It was my second week of church, when I was six or seven years old. I was sitting in church, in the pew coloring, when I heard a sound. It was then that I looked up and I saw the star on the organ. When the song was done, I asked my grandma “What if there are angels behind the star? What if they’re the ones that spin it? My grandma said, “I don’t know, Isabelle. Maybe there are.”

From that day on I always keep an eye on the star, looking for it to move.

Isabelle Lovel is a fourth grader at Wilson Elementary School in Davenport. She loves art, singing, reading, eating food, and robotics.


On the slopes

This drawing is of my favorite Christmas memory. We love being outside as a family, so I chose to draw us skiing!

In the photo is me with my sister Kelsey and our dad skiing down the hill. My little sister Andrea and Mom are in the lodge, cheering for  Kelsey and me as we ski. There is a snow hill for climbing, a fire pit where you can roast marshmallows, a machine to remove trees, and a medic near the ski lift to help anyone on site.

Lisa Marbach is an upbeat, outgoing third grader at Hoover Elementary in Bettendorf. Her kind and extroverted personality helps her make new friends most anywhere. She shares her big imagination with her sisters, she is dedicated to helping the planet through Student Council, she loves singing in the choir at St. Paul, she generously crafts at home and at Girl Scouts, and she has a 6th sense for knowing when someone is receiving a hug and will join in making it a group hug!

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