Friday, October 15, 2004

Happy feast of St. Teresa of Avila

Well, it is about your lunch hour in the USA, and almost dinner time for me. I thought I'd take a few minutes to write about all that is going on here. Thank you so much for your comments on the blog. It makes for good reading for me!
Yes, as I said I started with one level of Biology this week, and I'm adding another level of Biology this comming week. On Monday I'm also starting a World History Seminar type class. I'd like it to be very interactive and involve a lot of writing for the students... but not many tests. We'll see how this goes, but I've decided to make this class available to both levels of the High School.
This week the high school students had one day off school. They dug trenches and laid pipe for water delivery from our new well. I was so impressed that 95% of the work was done in one day. The students worked so hard. We've also had a bit of the dormitory bug going around here. The students have just come back, and settled into their dorms... anyone who lived in a dorm in College is familiar with this. With so many people in such close quarters, someone is bound to get sick.
Also this week I drove in Nigeria for the first time. Paul- don't be mad! It was so fun and everyone said I did a really good job. Really, out here the roads are so rural that potholes are the biggest traffic problem.
Ok, please continue to comment, I love hearing from you!


At October 16, 2004 at 3:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

angela- hey its paul (your brother). It's so good to hear from you on a regular basis... or semi-regular. Whichever one, Its great to see how you are doing. Well anywho things are very well in good old texas. I think its pretty funny that we're all in a different country, you, John, Mary and I. And yes, I do consider oklahoma a different country...or at least it should be. Dad and I are great, we are acutally visiting Mary tommorow. Hey guess what...I got a gig at the coffie haus. nice eh?

At October 16, 2004 at 3:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey...sorry I somehow pressed the "publish your comment" button. so thats whats new over here, I can't wait till your next post.
much love(and prayers),

At October 16, 2004 at 4:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ang! Gosh I miss you sooooo much! I'm so glad to hear that things are going well. I can only imagine the HUGE culture shock you went through. So are you actually teaching classes...I thought the first few months were just observing..I should've's totally not like you to sit around and watch everyone else work! I have a million questions for know how I love details, but I'll spare you- this time. Well, my dear friend, know that I'm praying for you all the time and that I miss you like crazy! I love you! Kim
P.S. are the head scarves coming in handy???

At October 16, 2004 at 7:26 AM, Blogger Sarah Jean said...

Hey Ang,
We miss you a lot here in Steub! I am praying for you all the time!! I love you, sis!
Mary our hope, Handmaid of the Lord...pray for us! :)

At October 16, 2004 at 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Angela! Great to hear from you again. Sounds like you are staying busy. Aren't the students fantastic in how they all work together? I'm not excited about the driving, but, Oh well! I met with Fr. May and Mary Ann this past Tuesday. He is set for 1/2/05-1/13/05. Mary Ann will get back to me on Anne's plans. All the ladies say hello, and they pray for you and the mission daily. God Bless you. We both miss you. Carol&Paul

At October 16, 2004 at 6:38 PM, Blogger Julie D. said...

Angela, I think I'm the only commenter who doesn't know you personally. However, your dear aunt sings your praises so often I feel as if I do know you ... at least a little! Your updates are so interesting. One thing is for sure ... no one here would use their one day off school to dig trenches and lay pipe. A whole different world. Thanks for the insights.

At October 16, 2004 at 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Angela, Jaon here, love the blog! It's great to hear about your travel and your school. The fall weather has begun here. It's cold and rainy at times but the leaves have turned colors; making things beautiful when the sun comes out.

The cooler air is great for running and I found a great natural trail that follows a meandering creek for nearly 16 miles. Well, I should say that I'm told that it goes for 16 miles. I have only run along 5 miles of it. Actually, to be honest, I only 'ran' for about 2.5 miles and walked the rest. But in any case, it is a great trail in the woods full of deer, squirrels, chipmonks, birds, and at least one fox.

I've been going after work just before sunset as the fading light filters through the golden leaves giving the entire woods an inviting glow. The deer seem to mock me as they bound ahead of me effortlessly and wait until I get close before running farther down the trail again and again. There is a faint damp smell to the leaves on the ground and a constant whisper of the water flowing over rocks in the creek that makes it a most relaxing place to run.

Too wordy? Well, as long as you get the idea it's a nice place to run and the weather is great for being ourtdoors.

I'm looking forward to your next update.
Peace, Jason

At October 16, 2004 at 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Angela
Bout that driving...I'm no driving instructor mind ya but driving in Nuevo Laredo taught me to never establish eye contact...its s sign of weekness....just kidding. Hey this blogger thing is pretty neat. We are excited that you are busy and the culture shock is not your number 1 concern. Am convinced that as time wears on you will become Saint Angela to all the children.
Great to see you in priint once again..... Tell Father Gerard we said howdy.........larry and rhea

At October 18, 2004 at 4:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Angela~ I was so excited when I heard what you were up to... that's awesome! God Bless you and your work over there; I know you will touch so many lives! Cute haircut, by the way. I will be praying for you!

In Christ,
Kate Stanley :)

At October 18, 2004 at 3:11 PM, Blogger Alexis said...

Hi Ang! It is so good to hear from you. I was just sleeping and woke up thinking about you and wondering how you are and couldn't go back to sleep until I checked this site. I am not surprised that you already have so much responsibility over there - you just inspire confidence in your abilities. I think this sounds like a perfect fit for you and I am thrilled.
A quick update. We met with the doctor last week (Tues) and he said that the baby is not too big (thank God) so no induction is necessary. The baby did turn on his/her own so no worries there and I'm 1 cm. dilated and 50% now we are just waiting. Probably another week or two. I am terribly uncomfortable...I feel as if I've been completely taken over by a foreign object - my body is no longer mine at all. But it is all more then worth it and I'm just so excited to meet this little person.
I can't wait to hear your next update and hopefully have pictures to email you of little "Mo" with Auntie Angela's gifts on. I am praying for you!
Alexis (and Mo)

At October 18, 2004 at 6:07 PM, Blogger Penny said...

Hi Angela - appreciate the update - I so look forward to hearing from you. Sounds kind of exciting setting up a curriculum from the ground floor up (so to speak). It is very rewarding knowing you are there and that you are able to contribute so much to the DFO on such a personal level. I for one look forward to more pictures. Please remind the children that they are always in our thoughts and prayers. Penny

At October 19, 2004 at 1:57 AM, Blogger angela'smom said...

Miss Adorable,
What a great feast day present to get your Oct.15 entry.
you sound very happy. Is the culture shock wearing off already? Those students of yours are remarkable! I'll bet they're digging trenches that will service future generations. Some day they will bring sons and daughters to the well and say,"Your Daddy dug those trenches".How is your tummy lately? All back to normal I hope,I prayed(and pray)for all those at the D.F.O. school. I know you're enjoying teaching. Evidently the plan was changed. Will you be developing curriculum after all? Let us know.
Please stay put! I have this beautiful picture of you(in my mind)at the school with a classroom of great kids. You're not supposed to be stuck in a pothole! First of all that just wreaks havoc with the whole idyllic picture, and secondly, you could have easily stayed in Texas for that! Seriously though, It's a good thing we named you "Angela", yours sure does overtime.
I'm going to call soon, I'll ask Paul and Carol for the best time. It's so encouraging to read of all the prayer support from your dear friends. Everyone who prays for my precious daughter is invited to my house for a celebration spaghetti dinner when she gets home. I must be missing you already Angel Cakes, even as your work has just begun. Well, I'm so happy for you, it's wonderful when Our lord gives big dreams and then allows them to come true. My little class prays three Hail Mary's for you every day. We pray right before we go home. You should hear the outcry if I leave it for the last minute."Ms.Stadelman, Ms.Stadelman, don't forget, we need to pray for Angela!"
I love you, Mom

At October 19, 2004 at 6:12 PM, Blogger Nonna and Paw Paw said...

Angela, we are so delighted to be hearing from you through your blog site ... a great idea. We're happy your mission at DFO is going so well. We love you and will continue to pray for you and your ministry. Keep up the news bulletins. We check your DFO site every day. 'Just returned from a weekend in the Detroit area where we attended the 50th anniversary of our close friends, Lillian and Chester Simonelli.
Love, Nonna and Paw Paw

At October 19, 2004 at 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i imagine you squinting into the sun, shovel in hand, wiping your sweaty brow... (wait. did you help with the trench-digging? please say yes). either way, wow. it sounds like you're settling in a bit, which is good. tell more about the classes, etc. if you get a chance, please!

briefly about me: front royal is beautiful and all colors right now (but i'll probably freak out about winter time, as i'm already wearing a scarf everyday allday. texas blood, i suppose). my job is insanely busy and disorganized, but i've learned quite a bit already about wine and wine-making. good times there. am meeting people from around here and in dc. saw some steubenville people last weekend (they live with my dear ud friend sean lewis). and am settling into my cozy little apartment. wish you could come for a visit. i have a futon for guests! but i pray for you often and think of you too and laugh at old times.

keep the posts coming, dear friend, and us in your prayers!

gaudium cum pace,

At October 20, 2004 at 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angela, Happy Feast of St. Teresa to you, too! So you are teaching now, huh? I should have known...I mean, come on! You seek opportunities to teach Caroline and Tommy!! (23mos & 6mos!) Biology, no less! Well, I can only imagine that you are the favorite teacher that everyone wants to have!! Interactive with lots of writing sounds like a good idea...personally, that is my favorite type of learning.
As for the dorm bug...get lots and lots of rest so your body can be a fighter. (sorry, that is the Auntie in me! :)
We are doing well. Guess what? Tommy said "MaMa!" of course he already says "dada" (in a soft voice) for some reason, "MaMa" is decidedly NOT soft sounding! He is caterpillar crawling/scootin/rollin...whatever it takes to get whatever he has his pretty eyes on! Time to prepare the fortress.
Caroline has found your picture and moved it to a more predominant place in the house...on the kitchen table. "God peese bess Anga!" at every meal, snacktime and craftime Wow! You know the Lord hears that one!
Gino & I are well. He is working lots so that means I am too. No rest for the weary! I miss you. I cannot wait to hear more from you. (I agree with Ann, I want details!!-but that can wait!) What a gift and a witness you are to our family. Love you. rita

At October 20, 2004 at 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Angel in Nigeria. It all sounds as if you are having a wonderful experience. We here at home in Texas pray for you and for all the children which you are helping. You will probably say, they are helping you far more which is usually the way. We get more than we give. Stay well and at peace. Please tell our dear Fr. Gerard Mary we send our prayers and love to him and all his charges. This blog site is great. Your Texas friends, Ann & Warren.

At October 20, 2004 at 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Angela, it's Kathy Phillips here. Just want to let you know that you and Father Gerard Mary and everyone continue to be in our prayers. Please tell Father Gerard Mary that I should have some rosaries for him to take back next time he is here. Or maybe I can send them with someone. I am just learning how to make them, but I hope to get very good very fast. Love and prayers to you all.

At October 21, 2004 at 7:35 PM, Blogger katie said...

Dear Angela,
hello beautiful girl! i love it so much that you are already doing so much in nigeria. you are so amazing and it makes me smile every time that i think of you there working in your business mode.
things are going great here in memphis. i went home last weekend for fall break, and at mass this young lady got up to sing and she had the sweetest voice so afterwards we went up and asked if she would sing in our wedding. she said yes! we got lots of other wedding stuff done also. just over 5 months left to wait!
i pray that God gives you all the grace that you need and that you have a happy, healthy, and holy year in Nigeria!
katie rose

At October 28, 2004 at 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honor to the Divine Face. Hello Angela, I am just learning the computer so I am excited to be able to communicate with you and Fr. Gerard Mary. And I am so glad you are adjusting well. I know it was hard for you at first. Tell Fr. hello for Myron and and me. And just know you and all the children and Fr. and the stewards are in our prayers and thoughts.

With love, Pat Walker


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