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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Alert – PURPLE!

As a parent, we fear so many things while raising our children. We understand the underlying risks in most of our daily adventures, but we always think “not us” and we choose to live. We all do our best to teach our children to be safe in a world where bad and dangerous exsists; it…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Kisses at Midnight

Happy 2024!   As we all plan for the coming year, the possible and impossible resolutions made, the highest hope for a better tomorrow, I know whose hands our future falls in: Our children.   Linda Creed wrote the lyrics for the mega hit that originally was recorded by George Benson and later by the…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Silent Nights

During this Christmas season, we all get overwhelmed with all the “things to do” to have the most “perfect” Christmas. “Perfect” is subjective, isn’t it? My perfect is likely both similar and different to yours. One of the biggest differences is that my little guy won’t be sharing his biggest desires for the holidays. Nonverbal…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Charming

When you try something new, there can be hesitation. Like riding a bike. It’s exciting, but when your dad lets go and you likely will fall. You get up and try again. The reward of independently riding is worth the risk. Some days give me that feeling of riding a bike, like, I got this.…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Hope, EXTRA Healing

Happy October! To all our extra amazing friends, Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month!      This month has all the feels to mommas like me. We celebrate this month with hope, we take this time to teach others who are not on this journey, we count our blessings and we pray that this month opens…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Steps

October is quickly approaching, and for moms like me, that means it’s almost “Buddy Walk’ season. The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) kicks off every year with a walk in New York City; this is the original location of NDSS’s Buddy Walk and it began in 1995. The Buddy Walk program was established to promote…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Big Dreams

This morning, I am writing this from the seventh floor of the Marriott in Orlando, in the quiet of my room; however, this weekend has been anything but quiet. The theme surrounding this years National Down Syndrome Congress Conference was “Dreams do come true…”. At each and every turn we were all witnesses to this…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRAordinary

  In 1959, the iconic Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Since this time, over a billion Barbies have been sold. I grew up with Barbies and even had a nice collection, in my early 20’s, of collector Barbie dolls. When Mattel started creating Barbie dolls that…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Perfect Day

After sailing on the 2022 Buddy Cruise, I knew it was not only something that every family on this journey deserves, but I also recognize that this journey has more expenses for some and vacations this big can be hard to go on. So I thought outside the box; if I could raise awareness, raise…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Bold, EXTRA Loud, EXTRA Worthy

“Our children are worthy of EQUITABLE SPACE in this world. This is non-negotiable.”  -Heather Avis of The Lucky Few Podcast      This week my family had the honor of using our voices for needed change. We traveled to Washington D.C.; alongside National Down Syndrome Society, National Down Syndrome Congress, GLOBAL Down Syndrome Foundation and…

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