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Hudson's Journey

Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Priceless

With school starting back, I started thinking about all the new; new classrooms, new teachers, new routines and, especially, new friends. We have a real opportunity at the beginning of so much new to start instilling new good habits, too. We can get a bedtime in place, a better dinner routine after a summer off,…

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PASS CHRISTIAN RESIDENT TO BE FEATURED IN TIMES SQUARE

Hudson Jag Hartman of Pass Christian, Mississippi, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 17, as part of the annual National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Times Square Video presentation. The one-hour video of roughly 500 photographs includes children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome from all 50 states. These collective images promote the…

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Hudson’s Journey: Lagniappe means EXTRA

Many will already recognize “lagniappe” as a commonly used word; for me, the word has a whole new meaning since Hudson was born. Lagniappe (lan-yap): “Something given as a bonus or EXTRA gift” and the cajun meaning is “a little EXTRA”.   Hudson is lagniappe. Our family received lagniappe the day he was born. Down…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Broken

  The journey that I am on is filled with so much love, laughter and smiles that can fill you up to the brim, but not everything on this journey is easy or beautiful. Hudson is always wonderful, but the world can be ugly and hurtful. Some things bring sadness and make you feel broken.…

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My EXTRA Reminder

     If you’re feeling relieved that your genetic testing came back with little to no chance your baby will have any chromosome abnormalities, you can and should celebrate. Your baby will not face all the challenges my baby does. I am super happy for you. I will celebrate your baby with you. I would…

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Being EXTRA While I Can

  “Every parent plans to raise their child for about 18 years, set them free for 30 years and then hope they come back to help them face the final years of their own life…. … A SPECIAL NEEDS parent can sometimes plan to raise their child for 65 years and while doing so also…

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The EXTRA Awesome Day in March You Need to Celebrate

  I started writing all about World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and how my family and I have been able to celebrate this day the last four years. March 21st wasn’t a day we even knew to celebrate before Hudson’s diagnosis. Now we have this annual beautiful day and it has the most wonderful fun meaning,…

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EXTRA Xs and Os – We all need love

By Guest Columnist Mika Hartman My husband and I have been married over 24 years. Celebrating us today is as important as it was our first Valentine’s Day. The first one, CJ came to my work and left perfume on my windshield. “Tommy Girl” perfume became my new favorite; I can still smell it. Not…

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No EXTRA Time Needed

As we tiptoe into 2022, I am hopeful and, yet, I am angry. It’s 2022 and we are still so far behind in protecting the biggest treasure we have: All Human Life. Mississippi is proudly leading this country down a new path, one that is long overdue; but we still have so many laws that…

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