March 1980 Texas Adoptee Looking For Birthparents

I am a Texas adoptee who was born the week of spring 1980 at Polly Ryan Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. I believe that one or both of my birthparents were in the military, and both worked in restaurants. Birthmother was born in 1957 with two sisters 1960 and 1961. My birthparents were married in February 1979, and were married for six months. I had seizures at birth as well. I had a closed adoption with now Spaulding For Children based in Houston, Texas. My birthfather was born in 1958. Over the past few years I have had adoptee angels working to filter through public records looking for a possible connection. I have had names checked as if I knew who they were, then I could receive my original birth certificate from the state. The names that I have right now that have not been checked are as follows:

Birthmother: Darlene Kay (Bennett) Peters
Birthfather: Douglas R. Whitehead

They should still be somewhere near Richmond, Texas today!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


The GFCF Diet

>> Thursday, October 30, 2008

Well, looks like I am on my way to the gfcf diet that a lot of autisic children are on. A gfcf diet is needed when a child has gastrointestinal problems, and 80% of children with autism has a GI problem. It will take me a while to learn how to get it together and go for it. I am going to have to learn everything there is to know. I have provided a list of links to the side of my blog for you to enjoy. I have a friend that is giving me a bag of chickpea flour. I'll see what I can do with that. I'm just hoping that I am able to do it with ease. Planning will be the name of the game. Guess I'll be needing gfcf cookbooks for Christmas this year, a bread machine, and a grinder. Guess I need to ask what utensils are used in making flours and other things. Anybody have a suggestion? Leave a comment and I'll get back with you. Signing off until we get moved.... we finally got a three bedroom for the boys. They are having problems sharing a bedroom. Then "Ed"s therapist called me yesterday and said that his ADHD medication was aggervating his autism symptoms. So I still don't know what we are going to do about that. Still haven't heard from the Dr. Goodbye for now.

3 special comments:

Mallory October 31, 2008 at 9:44 AM  

Hi Amanda,
I ran across your post about getting started on the GFCF diet with your sons. I am a nutrition specialist for a company called Nutricia that makes medical foods for children. We have a few products that are helpful for children on the spectrum who are following a GFCF diet: E028 Splash and Neocate Junior. Both are nutritionally complete, amino acid-based, elemental and of course GFCF. They provide a good way to safely implement your diet and make sure your boys still get all the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.
Also, we hosted a free educational webinar on special diets a few weeks back and archived the presentation on our website: The seminar is given by Judy Converse (MPH, LD and RD) who specializes in implementing dietary interventions in children with ASD. I hope it can be helpful!If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

All the best,

Melissa November 1, 2008 at 7:29 PM  

The neocate she mentioned is awesome we use it also. I have a few links to GFCF on my blog. Go out and get the books special diets for special kids. It is a no nonsense easy approach. Also think about treating your family at least once a month out to eat. outback, bonefish and biaggies are here in our town and they all offer foods on the diet. The co-op store Rainbow has lots of things ask them for the special shopping guide to the store when you get there. Glutino makes the best pretzles but we do not like any of the other foods they make. There are amy's pizza and bowls at kroger you can get for those busy nights. Pre-make a bunch of foods up and bake your dough and breads on the week-end to save so much time. Kroger also sells awesome pancake mix and you can dip chicken in it for the best chicken nuggets ever. A recipe we use also is the gfcf cornflakes, take them and dip olive oil drizzled chicken in a bag of crushed corn flakes and you have got oven fried chicken, serve over rice and you have a nice main course. Smoothies are easy for treats and can be frozen for fun also. Pizza dough is so easy to find. Get creative with the pizza dough and use it to make breakfast pizza, lunch with sauce mix with sweet potato puree or a jar of babyfood, in it sneaks in the veggies they will never eat. I mix califlower puree in the kids mash potatos, and miz in puree spinach in the pizza sauce and spagetti sauces. They will never know. I have lots of idea and would love to help any way i can. I could save you money from buying products that taste bad but look so good on the box. Also, the only bread machine that works well with this diet is the one from Williams and sonoma. It is expensive but worth it. I have gone through three and they only burn the outside and leave the inside gummy. Good luck, remember it takes a month for the casien to leave the body and three months for the glutien so be patient. My kids attention was a major difference!

amandaautismx2 November 6, 2008 at 1:40 PM  

Thank you everyone.