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Just Like You

Just Like You

Our beloved daughter Shelby got baptized a few Saturdays ago.  She had been asking for a while, and after some coaching through church, she was ready! She was over the moon excited and shared her news with everyone. I mean EVERYONE, at Starbucks, at the grocery store,...

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Just go!

Just go!

I kept hearing that still small voice in my head, “Just go!” I had made every excuse in the book to just stay home. Excuses like, “No one will sleep.”, “There is so much to pack!”, and “My hubby and I will be on full go even more than usual.” Yet, that small voice...

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Burnout

Burnout

I remember the scene well. It was a year ago in a tiny coffee shop. I finally met my friend for some much-needed girl time. We had been trying to connect for months but with the busyness of both our lives, we rarely had time. We cozied into our seats and sighed. I...

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Tears in the Laundry Room

Tears in the Laundry Room

Sometimes the most powerful therapy is just a pause. ~ Amanda J. Friedman   I am writing from a place of struggle this afternoon.  I left my house in a huff to come here to the coffee shop to work. It was not an eloquent departure, and heaviness followed as I...

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The Beauty of Down Syndrome

The Beauty of Down Syndrome

The moment her eyes met mine she enveloped my soul. I instantly had a deep love for her. As her story unfolded, and we realized she had Down Syndrome, my mama heart swirled. Her bold red hair…. a gift. Her beautiful blue, almond shaped eyes…. mesmerizing. I knew we...

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Be the Real You

Be the Real You

I recently had an idea to ask some friends a question. The question was: “If you were talking to me and Elizabeth, as the parents of special needs children, what question would you want to ask?” The first question that came up was: “What positive impacts do you see...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Mamas, there is nothing that squeezes my heart more than thinking about you all on Mother’s Day. It brings joy to my heart and tears to my eyes thinking about all the love and constant encouragement you pour out on your diverse need’s kiddos. Not just this one day,...

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Fixing cars and assembling things is something I am very good at. Writing about me and sharing struggles and wins in my life…. not so much! I am a husband to one amazing woman as well as a father to five amazing kids.  Three of these kiddos have diverse needs, and...

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Our Noise

Our Noise

It took me years of aggravation and frustration to figure out that our family has a noise. Of course, this sounds crazy, but it’s true. Your family has a noise too. Years ago, we attended a private Christian school that had a program of inclusivity. Our family was...

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Meet the Thorndikes - Moment to Moment Family

Hi there! We are the crazy cool parents to 5 amazing and crazy cool kiddos. But, first, we are Dan and Elizabeth Thorndike – married 15 years and living this life one moment at a time. We have a full and blessed life, but we are clumsily tackling a journey we never foresaw ourselves living.

Meet the Thorndikes - Moment to Moment Family
THE BEGINNING. OUR SPECIAL NEEDS JOURNEY
It was a surprisingly sunny day in March 2011 when our sweet redhead Shelby entered our lives. As I look back now, the beautiful day doesn’t surprise me. Beauty tends to follow Shelby.
Author Elizabeth Thorndike

Elizabeth Throndike

Introverted extrovert – that’s how I describe myself. I absolutely love being a mama but never knew how hard it would be, nor how deeply I could love.
Author Dan Thorndike

Dan Throndike

I am an engineer at heart. My passion is fixing cars and knowing how things work. I owned and operated an automotive repair shop for years but sold it to spend more time with what matters most – my family.

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