It’s a classic tale, The Little Engine That Could.

An engine pulling train cars full of toys, games and treats for a town full of good little boys and girls breaks down while climbing a mountain.  The toys aboard the train are desperate to get to the town on the other side of the mountain by sunrise and so they stop several engines passing by on the tracks to ask them for help.  Each engine refuses.

That is, until a little blue engine appears.  She is happy and small and has
admittedly never climbed the mountain ahead of them.

But, determined to help she hitches herself to the train carrying the toys, games and treats and says over and over again, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

As the story goes, the tiny engine starts off slowly.  But, little by little, chug by chug she climbs over the mountain.  All the while she is proclaiming “I think I can” and the toys she is carrying are shouting encouragement.

As she descends into the town the Little Engine That Could smiles and proudly declares “I thought I could, I thought I could, I thought I could.”

Norrah is our Little Engine That Could.

There is no mountain that she cannot climb.  Our little girl is determined with a spirit that says “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”  And so we cheer her on.  Just like the toys in the story – we are simply along for the ride – enjoying our front row seat to her miraculous achievements and encouraging her every step (or chug) of the way.

Rolling. Sitting.  Crawling.  Eating. Standing.  Walking.  Running. Jumping. Kicking.  Talking. Typical Preschool.  Mountains that at one time
seemed insurmountable – she has climbed EACH ONE.

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10 Responses to Norrah: The Little Engine That Could

  1. Anonymous says:

    She’s amazing

  2. Laurie says:

    The perfect costume for a perfect little girl~ Norrah helps me believe that Kaylee will be riding that train one day, too! xo

  3. Mihaela says:

    She truly is amazing.

  4. jill h says:

    I love your story, she is adorable!

  5. Kristy says:

    I am crying after reading and seeing Norrah’s beautiful pictures. Norrah, you are an inspiration to me and I send you all my love. XOXO

  6. Heather says:

    Beautiful photo and a great costume choice. Her story really is inspiring.

  7. christine spencer weatherley says:

    what a delightful little girl xx

  8. JessMarie9 says:

    Norri gets cuter and cuter everyday! I just love those pig tails:). I love the costume and the story. Good luck!

  9. Kim Gantz says:

    you are so cute and brave. keep up the good work.

  10. Letty says:

    She is without a doubt lucky to have you as her mother and the rest of your family in her life. She is my motivation to push Nathaniel even harder. I have become a little lax with my “alone-at home” therapy sessions. It’s so easy to get caught up with other things in my day like Nathaniel’s appointments, dropping off and picking my other kids at school, their sports activities, dinner, errands, and what ever else I’ve failed to mention…. that he ends up spending most of the day in his car seat. Then I feel so bad that all I want to do is hug on him and cuddle with him, that I forget to do what needs to be done. But knowing how well Norrah is doing makes me want to be an even better mother. She’s my motivation. Nathaniel WILL walk and crawl and WILL talk, and I will not be so lax. So, thank you!!!

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