The Accidental Sabbath: Plans for 2017

The last third of the year can become unenjoyably busy for our family very easily, with ten family birthdays and our anniversary sprinkled in among the bustle of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  So in 2016 Greg and I resolved to designate one day from each weekend in October, November and December as an "at home … Continue reading The Accidental Sabbath: Plans for 2017

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An Election Conversation With My Kids

One week ago, the kids and I ventured out to the polls for early voting.  The "big kids" (my 5-year-old, Rowan and my 3-year-old, June) had decided who they would vote for, hypothetically, by watching snippets of the debates.  This was our pre-voting conversation- June contributing in ASL. Me: OK, guys, let's go vote! June: I'm … Continue reading An Election Conversation With My Kids

Special Needs Family Outings: What Didn’t Work (for us) Part 2 of 2

Today we conclude the special needs family outings series with the second part of the discussion on what did not work so well for us (see part 1 here).  Here we'll share difficulties we encountered during two of the most challenging travel situations we have faced: flying and handling a medical emergency away from home. … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: What Didn’t Work (for us) Part 2 of 2

Special Needs Family Outings- What Didn’t Work (for us), Part 1 of 2

We conclude our special needs family outings series with a discussion of what did not work so well for us when traveling.  I've divided the post into two parts, the first being an assortment of issues/examples and the second will cover difficulties we had while flying and handling a medical emergency away from home. We try mightily with … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings- What Didn’t Work (for us), Part 1 of 2

Special Needs Family Outings: Decision Making

Today we continue the series on special needs family outings, including vacations, day trips, or even simple play dates.  Special needs families have extra considerations when planning an outing, and people outside of the family are often unaware of what those extra considerations are, or even of the fact that they exist.  Without this information, outsiders … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: Decision Making

Special Needs Family Outings: Boldly go. Or not.

For many people, summer is a time to escape the house to see friends, explore nature, visit local attractions and travel near and far.  Planning these outings is a worthwhile but complex undertaking for any family.  But having a child with special needs adds several more considerations to the decision making process.  Our family has been fortunate … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: Boldly go. Or not.

Declining Home Nursing

I've wanted to write this post- about why we declined home nursing- for a long, long time.  But it is a complex, hot-button topic in the special needs community, and honestly, even thinking about our brief 3-week experience with home nursing makes me exhausted. I am writing now because soon we may have a limited … Continue reading Declining Home Nursing

Decluttering: Digital clutter

It is a new year, and the decluttering continues with renewed force.  The area that has been most difficult but most rewarding to clear out is the digital clutter category including emails, data storage, and social media.  I've been meaning to make some of these changes for years, but I was always stopped by a … Continue reading Decluttering: Digital clutter

Decluttering Series Intro

We are in a decluttering frenzy here at the safari house. We aren't aspiring to minimalism, or any specific movement.  We just realized that in some areas, our habits and our "stuff" had begun to detract from what is important to us. (More on values clarification below!)  The clutter falls into several broad categories, so between now … Continue reading Decluttering Series Intro