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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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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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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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Adoption and Creating a Support System

Adoption and Creating a Support System

A Meeting of Mentors As Dan and I set things in motion for Shiloh’s adoption, we felt the pull to gather a few mentors together to seek some wisdom and prayer. Adoption is a huge step, and although it felt natural to move forward, it did not come without moments of...

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Our Road to Adoption

Our Road to Adoption

It was in July 2006 when I met my wife Elizabeth. Our first date was a six-hour hike, and I loved how easy conversation came. The thing I remember most though was a conversation we had about adoption. She said that she had always had it on her heart to adopt and that...

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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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