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Sunday, August 30, 2009

first birthday party

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

birthday boy.......

many more pictures to come. he had a ball! and we did too!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

just couldnt resist.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

happy birthday, jaxon bryan hudgins!

i love you so very much, and, it has been a wonderful year.


Monday, August 24, 2009

the latest. warning: small novel to follow

here are some much needed updates on the fam:

we'll go youngest to's that?

jax: ONE. in 3 short days. i cannot believe it. can't wait to get some current weight/height stats at the doc this week. he is MASSIVE. getting very tall too. he had on some PJ's last night that looked like capri pants. Pulling up and cruising, but no "walking" just yet. he's starting to hear the word "No!" a lot. Loves to dumpster dive and hang out in the bathroom getting into the toilet if the door is left open. Will eat anything and everything off the floor. Found a grape in his mouth this morning from who knows when. Hope it wasnt fermented. Very loveable and a wonderful sleeper now. Just took him a long time to get there. Not doing to great with the transition to whole milk. Spitting up a lot. Will have to ask the doc about that when we go. Loves his ba ba so I'm not going to take it away just yet. Newest recommendation is by 18 months and I just want him to stay a baby for awhile longer so I'm in no rush. Be on the lookout for a "Jax's first year video" soon. I still cant believe it. My baby! One!

jordan: my little trooper. he really is doing well. there are days when you'd never know his struggles. So far we're in limbo and playing the waiting game and I'm fighting like all get out to get his therapies started ASAP. This week we have a hearing evaluation with the School System (must have this in order to get the full evaluation to see if we qualify for Special Education services in our district)
Friday he has a THREE HOUR eval with a psychologist for some other services we're applying for. I have no idea what they'll do with him for Three Hours but hopefully this will be helpful as we go to the School districts Eval/IEP meeting.
We've also learned about and applied for the Familiy Opportunity Act Buy-In program through Medicaid for Children with Disabilities. This will come alongside our private insurance and pay for what our insurance does not cover. I was thrilled to find out that we qualified and we should know in 3-4 weeks if we're approved. If so I can get him into speech and occupational therapy through that as we wait on the school system to get their act together. As for ABA, which is what we REALLY want for Jordan, we are just waiting. It is so expensive, and while the law was recently passed for insurance to cover it, we are finding that not many providers are accepting insurance yet. GRRRRRRR! the GOOD news is we know of at least 2 schools in our area with "autism classes" that are practicing ABA with the students. No, it would not be the one-on-one therapy that we feel he needs, but it would be a start.
so, theres where we're at. please pray that as we "work the system" we would find the BEST treatments for Jordan. we need wisdom!
he is learning so much these days. we have been Paci-Free for 2 weeks. he can (almost) dress himself and is eating a ton better. There are really good days, when i ask him questions and he answers them and seems like your average 3 year old...then there are days....asah and i call them "autistic days" when he's not engaged, prone to tantrums, and seems very frustrated with communication and simple tasks. We love more and more every day though. If ya know Jordan, you know how simply wonderful he is, happy kid, very endearing. We know he's gonna be just fine.

Tara: hmmmmm. i am learning so much. God's been teaching me a lot about who He is through this summers craziness. I recently got laid off at the Gym so I am working at the Church Parking Lot on Fridays. I still have my 3 regular clients (bookkeeping) and potentially a 4th (coffee shop) that I'm heading to tonight. I'm the Nursery Coordinator at church and that's been taking a ton of my time since the move. We now have 50 volunteers who are on the rotation for the Nursery. It's awesome! So glad to be a part of that. I have also met so many moms (through support group and trainings) who have children with some sort of disability who feel they cannot go to church because of their children. I want to change that. I want to welcome them to ours. I'm hoping this will come together soon with either a class for them or extra workers who are trained to help children with autism and other challenges so that they'll feel comfortable leaving their children in the Nursery and enjoying Worship. I also just got my hand on a book that I LOVE..."The Autism Acceptance Book" which teaches others how to be a friend to someone with Autism. I love it! Great for kids who want to reach out and learn more.

Asah: this pastor's been BUSY. one week i counted and i promise he did an 80 hour week. with moving, re-branding, and Launching Crossroads, he's been a busy guy. I'm so very proud of him. This Sunday we had 170+ in attendance and 3 people who were interested in a Relationship with Christ! Exciting times in our church for sure. We recently welcomed many College Students back to a new semester, and I'm just so excited to see what God does in our church the remainder of this year and beyond. Check out the new site!

I could probably write much more still, but 2 monkies should be waking from a nap soon and I have a little more to do before they get up.

Love to all, we'll be heading to the beach soon and also to GA (briefly) for a little birthday gathering. Hope to see many friends and family there!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

saturday morning

this ole blogs definitely taken a backseat as my days are now consumed with appointments, phone calls, evals, research, IEP training, and did i mention taking care of 2 boys and supporting asah in ministry?

i plan to "be back soon". bear with me as i figure out our new normal and as being an advocate for J has become another "full time job".

here are a couple pictures until i can post more.
jax has begun carrying everything in his mouth. it's pretty funny what he crawls up with at times. this poor doll gets toted around by his night-cap.
jordan really does love his little bro. after i took a picture of each of them he insisted on one of them together. he got frustrated with jax when trying to get him to pose. silly boys.......


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jax one year portraits--

all 132 shots HERE


Saturday, August 15, 2009



Friday, August 14, 2009

tried to fight the nap

and the nap won.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

found jordan's kool aid cooler


supper time

just because....


hey puddin!

jordan was having pudding for a snack the other day when "brother" wanted in on the action. J shared wonderfully...and all was well until it ran out. Jax wanted a little more of the snack!

(i get this reaction every time the food is gone!)


Friday, August 07, 2009

free food

Schwans is doing a promo right now to get new customers. Free $10 worth of food delivered to your door!
I got the boys a bag of frozen chicken nuggets for .03! Will be delivered next Tuesday. Awesome!


Click here (1st 500,000 only)


Wednesday, August 05, 2009

my child is autistic

but i've known that for a long time. to have it in writing, and official evaluation, diagnosis,'s almost freeing. to know your child is different but not understand why is constricting....frustrating, sometimes heartbreaking. we are so thankful. for the way this all came together for "such a time as this". for the quick appointment at the Baton Rouge Clinic. for the peace that we have. for House Bill 958 which became a LAW, just at one year ago...which means that Jordan's ABA treatment WILL BE covered by insurance. We know that the timing is the Lord, and He amazes me daily the way he has orchestrated this...just think, had we sought treatment a year ago, when we first began to notice signs and symptoms...the treatment would not have been covered. Now, one year later, a new law (advocated for by the Pediatric Neurologist we visited today) allows the most effective treatment known for Autism to be PAID FOR and covered by Insurance! Louisiana is one of only 8 states to provide this coverage. Had we lived in a different state it would not be covered. Just think about it.....we're here, in Louisiana for Asah to pastor Crossroads, yes...but we are also in one of only 8 states where ABA is covered! I have no doubt that this is NO accident. Grateful. About the only word I have these days to describe my God! He has been so merciful, and faithful to us throughout this process. And it's not over, it's only the beginning. Dr. Hollman said it is a battle to get insurance to cover ABA. Jordan will have challenges that "mainstream" children do not experience. We may be putting our house on the market to move 15 miles away to a better school system. There are mountains to climb. But I know the One who moves them.

Pray with us...Journey with us....We are so thankful for the prayers and support. Cannot say it enough...and, Jordan loved the Dr's office (for the most part). I must say it was one of the coolest offices we've ever been to. AND he got two suckers!

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

the best part of waking up..........

is folgers (or milk) in your cup (or bottle)!



the move to the new church building among other things has caused much busy-ness over the past week or so.
i'm sad i havent been able to update the blog....
BIG appointment tomorrow for jordan. please pray for those that will be evaluating him and for wisdom, understanding, PEACE through it all.
will be back with an update...and hopefully some pictures of these precious boys.
the summertime is flying by....and i'm planning someone's FIRST birthday. i just cannot believe it.........