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


Olive Oil Bread

>> Thursday, December 24, 2009

Having an allergy to soybean oil has made me to learn how to make my own bread. Most loafs you find in the grocery store has soybean oil in it. I thought that I would see if I could find a recipe with olive oil instead, and I did find one. This olive oil bread is easy to make and is very good. Thanks to I found this one and I would like to share it with you.


  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl mix together the warm water (110 degrees), yeast, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Stir in 2 cups of the flour in order to make a soft ball. Knead in additional flour so that dough is soft and not sticky. Place kneaded dough in a medium size greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.
  2. Punch down dough, and form into ball or loaf shape. Place onto a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise for 15 to 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.

Happy Cooking!!

2 special comments:

chubskulit December 25, 2009 at 10:26 PM  

sounds good. happy holidays!

Rachel Nixon December 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

Hi- just found your blog Amanda, good to know there's other mums out there struggling with the same things- I have an ASD/ ADHD 6 yr old girl and her non-autistic twin......have just started to blog about it at Come and take a look if you get a chance!