On a spring day in 1987, Chris and Mary Grace Schaper welcomed their third baby, of eventually nine, Lowell. He was raised in the Byzantine Rite, was homeschooled through the elementary years, attended a small junior highschool that was put together by homeschooling families, and went on to follow in his dad’s footsteps (class of ’79) at St. Michael’s Prepatory High School in Silverado, CA. During his 4-year attendance, he participated in all the sports (basketball, cross country, soccer, baseball, and his most beloved, football where he played quaterback), he was a room leader, and student body president his senior year. But, it was at the end of the first semester his sophomore year that he met Joanna.
Joanna was born on an autumn evening in 1985, and is the first born of Pat and Kris Schroeder’s 15 children. Joanna was raised in a Roman Catholic home, and was also homeschooled. Unlike Lowell, however, she was homeschooled all the way through. Graduating at 16, she helped homeschool the younger kids, worked full time, and went on to community college when she was 18 to further her knowledge and persue the possibilities of a teaching degree. It was a few months before starting her college quest that she met Lowell. Although they only met the one time, Joanna went on to pray for Lowell every day for reasons unknown to her at the time. “He just always popped in my head when I prayed,” she says. It is apparent now that God had a plan for these young people!
As time went on, and they found themselves traveling in more of the same circles, they grew very close. Sharing similar interests in Faith, music, and even football, they slowly fell in love without even realizing it. During his senior year, Lowell decided that he was going to ask Joanna to marry him. After a little rollercoaster of a ride, and a few issues were worked out, Lowell finally made his feelings known to Joanna and in so many words asked her to marry him. She accepted, but they kept it under wraps until they knew just when exactly they were going to tie the knot. Joanna, afterward, moved to Texas to be closer to Lowell after he graduated while finishing their college plans, but when those plans kept falling through the cracks, they decided to make their engagement known to the world. They set the date, bought the ring, and planned what turned out to be one of the most beautful weddings ever!
Lowell and Joanna were married on a spring afternoon in 2006 at San Secondo d’ Asti Roman Catholic Church in Guasti, CA. They welcomed their first blessing, Faith, in 2007, their second blessing, Felicity, in 2008, their third blessing, George, in 2009, their fourth blessing, Phillip, in 2011, their fifth blessing, Karolina, in 2013, and their sixth bkessing, Anastasia, in 2016.
Shortly after they married, Lowell enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear mechanic. He served on the USS Harry S Truman and was an MM1 (Machinist Mate, First Class) at his discharge in March 2013. He is now the field superintendent for Schaper Company running crews on jobs that are run from the Texas office. And he is also doing side work in his Sailor Daddy Woodshop. Joanna is a stay at home mom, keeping busy with raising babies, house keeping, laundry, and chef extraordinaire, (not to mention teaching, stuffed animal doctor, scrapper, and bookworm.) She also contributes writing for the prolife movement, AudioGirl Ministries.
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