Updates

To borrow a phrase from the last post, our accidental Sabbath habit turned into a sabbatical from blogging. We have put this time to good use, though. I have exciting updates to share about what’s been happening in the Safari household in the last year and a half. Here are the Cliff’s notes: June had … Continue reading Updates

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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: What Worked (for us)

We will end the special needs family outing series with two fun posts: what worked for us when travelling near and far, and what didn't.  I am excited to share this because as I mentioned in the first series post, we've done a lot of adventuring this summer! Here are a few of our travel … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: What Worked (for us)

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.

Hospital Playlist- Top 10 (OK, 20…)

Here it is, the Hospital Playlist Top 10 that I mentioned when complaining about the insufficiency of Christian music several posts back.  I'll post another list exclusively of "Christian" songs that deserve recognition since not many can edge out the 'not-specifically-Christian' competitors below. This isn't a collection of my favorite songs; typically I listen to … Continue reading Hospital Playlist- Top 10 (OK, 20…)

Travelling With a Medically Complex Kiddo: Packing

Today I'll share some final tips and tricks we learned about travelling with a medically complex kiddo.  My previous post covered preparing for the trip, and today we'll tackle packing. As promised, there are free printables!  In fact, most of the information is in the printables below including a two-page packing list and accompanying packing … Continue reading Travelling With a Medically Complex Kiddo: Packing

Travelling with a Medically Complex Kiddo: Preparation

A few weeks ago, our family packed up and flew across the country.  I never thought I would fly with June with her current medical conditions (before her first tracheal reconstruction) and definitely not during RSV season.  But it was very important to us to join our family to celebrate the life of a loved … Continue reading Travelling with a Medically Complex Kiddo: Preparation

A Year Ago Today

For many NICU families, two days are remembered every year in addition to the day the child is born: the child's actual due date (in the case of preemies), and their homecoming day.  December 26th will always be special in our family because a year ago today we had the long-awaited privilege of bringing June … Continue reading A Year Ago Today

QOTD

Ever since Greg and I were dating, a highlight of our week has been to send each other regular "Quote of the Day" emails chronicling the funniest, oddest, or most interesting things we heard that day. Once we had children, we continued the tradition by sharing memorable quotes from the kids.  We save them in texts, emails, and iPhone … Continue reading QOTD