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Hudson's Journey

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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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Good

Life is life. Some seem to walk around on “easy street”, while others struggle with everything. Some people celebrate 75 years of marriage, while others remarry more than once. Some of us are given a life we didn’t know we wanted, until it is ours. And many will never understand how lucky the ones selected…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Chairs

  Last month, I mentioned that we all deserve to have a “seat at the table”; Hudson shouldn’t need his own table because he was born with an extra chromosome. I think I can make this make a whole lot more sense:   When Goldie Locks was testing chairs, beds and porridge, she found 2…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Valuable

What makes a person valuable? It is not about money, that would make you wealthy. It’s about being helpful and useful. A valuable person will have a positive energy and they will be someone who attracts others by being trustworthy and dependable. Having a positive look on life and circumstance will always have a warmth…

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Hudson’s Journey: The EXTRA Family Favorite

As 2022 is coming to a close this week, I can’t help but feel very privileged for this front row seat in Hudson’s life. I get to hear most all of his giggles. I get to watch him explore in a way my older two children didn’t. I get to celebrate the inch stones and…

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Hudson’s Journey: Pray EXTRA

Since Hudson’s birth, many new prayers have filled my FaceTime’s with God. I have wept and begged that He hear me, I have called on Him in my new fears and thanked Him in all of Hudson’s achievements and for his iron strength. I have always prayed, but Hudson forced a deeper needed connection with…

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Hudson’s Journey: Chosen for his EXTRA

   For the last year, I have been blessed to share this beautiful journey with my Huddy. Hudson is a vibe, a mood, a reminder of how precious life is and a reminder of just how resilient we’ve been created.  Thank you for reading my heart over the past 12 months. My goal has always…

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Hudson’s Journey: EXTRA Buddies, EXTRA Fun

In September, my family went on an amazing vacation. A very needed vacation away from our house remodel, therapy and doctors appointments. When we booked this particular vacation, I knew it would be fun; however, I didn’t know the profound impact we had in store. We took our first Buddy Cruise. Buddy Cruise partners with…

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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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