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


GFCF Crafts The Blob, Fingerpaint, and Bubbles

>> Thursday, February 19, 2009

Playtime for kids is always fun. When it comes to non edible products, they can cause a reaction as well. Here are some crafts that you can make at home for the kids to play in, and you know that it will be safe for their sensitive bodies.

The Blob 
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons GFCF cream of tartar

Acceptable flavoring for smell e.g. pure vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients into a heavy pan. Add oil, water to above . Use pure vanilla extract for smell, or any other Feingold acceptable aroma. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture pulls away from sides of pan (almost immediately).

Fingerpaint GFCF/ADHD
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup Ivory flakes
1 tablespoon glycerin
Food coloring (Feingold Diet acceptable) organic

Dissolve tapioca starch in cold water. Add the boiling water and cook the mixture until it is clear, stirring constantly. Add the soap flakes, and stir well. Remove from stove immediately, and cool. Stir in glycerin and food coloring.

Bubble Stuff
2 2/3 cups Ivory flakes (not detergent)
1 teaspoon sugar
4 teaspoons glycerine (drugstore)

Pour the above ingredients into a quart jar with a lid and shake well. fill the jar all but half an inch with lukewarm water. Screw the lid on tightly and shake very hard. This mixture can be stored in the refrigerator but makes the best bubbles at room temperature or warmer. If you encounter any difficulty with the bubbles breaking before they are formed, add a bit more glycerin.

Reprinted from Caring and Cooking for the Allergic Child by Linda L. Thomas Sterling Publishing Company 1980.

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