Friday, May 4, 2007



The day has finally arrived: the day I actually START writing my blog. :)

Oh, what to write? What to write? Well, I have written this several times in my head since I started the blog at my friend Willa’s ( house, WAY back in March. :) Can’t remember any of those essays….so, I will just jump in here!

So, WHY am I finally writing a blog?

I always said I could not have one, because I would always be thinking about everything in the context of blogging. I know. I did that before when I was writing the newsletter: The Catholic Family Home ( But, the kids and I are going to take a cross-country trip this spring, and I thought it would be really nice to have a place to journal online, so our family and friends could follow a bit on our adventures. When I mentioned this to my 85 year-old Grandma, she thought it was a good idea. That was all of the inspiration I needed. I even got Anne’s laptop fitted with Wi-Fi so we can use it while on the road. (Thank you, Evan!!) Almost every campground and every hotel we are staying at has Wi-Fi, so I hope that on some of the evenings I will be able to get a bit of journaling done. Sure will make it easier for scrapbooking! :)

This is the countdown: only 18 days to departure! There is so much to do! I am so not where I thought I would be in my trip planning. Thanks to a toothache for four weeks, followed by a headache for almost four weeks…..I have got a bit behind. I am trying to stay relaxed, but when you look at my list of things to do before we leave, you can see why there may be busy bees around here.

Here is the list:

Two of three childbirth classes to teach.
A seminar for OB nurses, of which I am the sole organizer. I like it that way. :)
A piano recital at MY house.
Three days of work.
A half day of antepartum interviews.
A birthday party or two.
A retirement dinner to attend.
A dance recital for Anne’s class.
Three concerts for Anne.
Read- and sing-throughs for the summer play production.
Get rid of my headaches….and toothaches :<( Get novenas ready for Robynn. Clean the chicken coop (little do the boys know, it is just them this year :>)
Finish learning records for the year.
Plan as much as possible for westcoastfun campout, especially meals.

And finish the travel info sheet
And fine-tune the itinerary
And write an introduction letter
And get a new video camera for the trip
And more camera memory
And test the tent
And switch cell phone to national roaming
And clean the house really, really well
And empty the fridge
And pack the car.

Hey, I guess I could use this for a check-off list! I hope I did not forget anything :\

Trivia: I wrote this blog on Anne’s laptop while attending a Jazz Choir Concert at COS, our local Junior College. Crazy, but a good use of my time :)

Blessings to you, dear ones.

Please pray my head and teeth heal very quickly!



Alice Gunther said...

Glad to see you have a blog, Chari! I can't wait to follow along on your adventure!

Kathleen Herlihy said...

Now why am I not surprized that my friend Chari is the first I know to have a blog! Good job and what a wonderful way to communicate during your trip. I look forward to "traveling" with you and your children. Prayers for healing and travel mercies out and back.

Melissa Wiley said...

Hurrah! At long last! I've been eagerly awaiting this. :)

Willa said...

Cool, Chari : ). And that's a neat banner. Aidan liked it too.

Donna Mathwig said...

Chari, okay, now I must succumb to peer pressure and create a Mathwig blog of our Seattle journey, which is something I've been meaning to get to for quite some time. What a tremendous memory you are giving your children; we will 'visit' you often via your blog! May your teeth be healed quickly. Blessings!

MaryM said...

Yes, that banner picture is beautiful!

Meredith said...

Fun blog Chari, we'll be keeping track of you and all your adventures!! Thanks for sharing it! Blessings for safe travels to you all!