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Moments of a Special Needs Parent

Moments of a Special Needs Parent

Moments matter. They happen all the time, and if we are present when they happen, we can find the magic within. Sometimes these moments are quiet with tears, and sometimes they are doing a celebration dance at a basketball game. I have had the privilege of taking care...

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Siblings Rock!!!! Week 3

Siblings Rock!!!! Week 3

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)   This is a verse that is so near to my heart. I must constantly remind myself that God is working for our good, even when I...

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Special Needs Siblings Rock!

Special Needs Siblings Rock!

“Parallel warriors,” I call them! They are strong.  They are tender. They are empathetic.  They are generous. Who am I talking about? The amazing siblings that surround a special needs kiddo. These siblings create a story all their own and it needs telling. These...

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Hope in the holidays

Hope in the holidays

The holidays can be such a wonderful time, but there are also times it can be hard, confusing, and cause deep grief. In fact, the holidays, filled with joy, can also be a reminder of our unique family situation, and our limitations. For years, we have tried different...

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Self-care

Self-care

Did you know that September was National Self-care month? Ha Ha! Neither did I until a few weeks ago. The thing about the phrase “self-care” is that it hits me like the phrase “date night.” It is an emotional mix of longing and sarcasm. As a special-needs parent, I...

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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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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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