Fr. Steve’s updates

I went to the clinic for a blood draw and my levels have stabilized, so I don’t have to change the medications. I won’t need a further check for a month.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Our summer day camp is finished, and campus is much quieter … for a few weeks. We still have four homes open for our students who need to be here over the rest of the summer months. However, quieter in one way makes for busier and noisier in other ways.

With fewer children around, our construction and remodeling projects are moving into high gear. I went into the church basement to check on the stabilization project. They are driving pylons 60 feet down to bedrock to keep the church from shifting further – one of the disadvantages of living at the edge of a river.

We’re also shingling the church roof, which is no small project. But it’s all on track to be finished by the start of the school year.

The traffic of folks stopping by increases over summer months, and I spent some time at the museum with donors from Washington and Maryland. It is exciting when folks who’ve known about St. Joseph’s for a long time finally get to come visit. It’s sort of a pilgrimage for them. I enjoy talking and answering questions when I’m able. I’m still not walking too far, so I have to leave it to other staff to conduct the tours.

I went to the clinic for a blood draw and my levels have stabilized, so I don’t have to change the medications. I won’t need a further check for a month.

I took a 3 ½ hour nap in the afternoon, so a) my body must have needed it, and b) it makes it very hard to get anything done with the day. I’ve just had to accept the limits.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

7 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. hang in there, but let go of the notions you once held of normal and grace will cover the differences. i know i been fighting limitations of a progressive nature for awhile now and letting go of my expectations for myself as *normal* has been exactly when i would find peace and a better mousetrap…everything gets done somehow that used to get done but now i dont do it all and by myself. very humbling but oddly enough has made me more human to those around me and ive found friends i wouldnt have otherwise. just my version of hanging in there for you to consider,grace be yours for the comming winter,respectfully K.D.

  2. Well,well..! This matter of the pylons sounds reall great to us. There is an old church here in Omaha that had to have it done. They didn’t know at the time it was built, that they had built it right over an underground creek. It was well over

  3. ..(con’t.)..100 years old, and well established, so it was quite a job to get pylons under it, and they hope it worked..! So..I’m glad you caught it and it could all be done before it was too late. You have such a beautiful building !
    Try not to regret your naps..just’s better than putting new pylons under your bum..! And probably cheaper,too !
    Keep that smile in your heart Our prayers are with you..
    Mia and Bob

  4. Fr. Steve, We are happy to hear that you are doing so well. God Bless and keep up the great work. Angie & Kenny

  5. Dear Father Steve, Please rest all that is required of your body. We want YOU here for a very long time. Nice to know you do NOT have to return for a month. Do not try to OVERDO the walking and everything. Others can and will do the tours. I would like to come to see YOU and St Joseph’s someday, but SD is so far from FL. My PRAYERS and GREAT HOPES are with YOU everyday. GOD BLESS and KEEP YOU in HIS Tender Loving CARE. Truly, NITA MARIE

  6. I’m so pleased to hear of your rapid recovery-you sure are kept busy.Not much time to rest and that’s a good way to keep your mind off your illness.More prayers are coming your way and hopefully my husband and I will one day take a trip out there to visit st. Joe’s.God bless you!

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