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

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Moving... Again

>> Thursday, May 20, 2010

I thought that I would give everyone a heads up on when I will be writing again. We are having to move again. Just after two years of living here, we are having to move to a different apartment. We are currently living in a handicapped apartment, and they are now needing it for a lady two houses down. We are to move everything out of the house so that maintence can come in and get everything cleaned up. Husband has decided to take everything to mom's house which is about 45 minutes from here. He says that he can get it with our Blazer. I think that is ridiculus because if you think about it we have to move the washer and dryer along with beds and couches. Another thing is that it will cost... imagine the gas prices and how many trips that we would have to make. Anyhow I am leaving it up to him on how he will get things done. He said that it could take up to three weeks before we were able to move into our next home. Not sure why it would take that long, but I am sure that he has a good reason for that one. Having utilities and cable/internet transfered will cost us as well. I just hope that it will all go well and we do not have much to worry about in trying to get done. I will be posting until then, so in the mean time you can read some of my other posts. Just look to the side for my archives and enjoy reading. Devin is really excited about it because he really enjoys grandma's house. He wants to stay there long time. Guess he will get the chance before to long. Not sure about Eddie, he is allergic to cats and dogs, which mom has both of, so he is worried about that. When we were there is past weekend, there was a dog that had come up and ended up chasing Eddie around the yard. He was terrified screaming, "Help ME!". The dog was only following him, but ever since he realized that he had allergies to them, he absolutly will not have anything to do with them. I have even had to ban my brother in law's dog from the house. I am hoping that he will eventually grow out of the allergy. I was the same way when I was a kid. My worst animal was horses. There hair would be so dirty and oily that I would break out in no time. Dogs and cats were no different. As I grew up, the allergy just went away. I do not seem to have any problems with them now. Well, I guess that I will get going. I have somethings that I need to get done today. I will keep posting as I can.

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>> Friday, May 14, 2010

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Today is the day for my husband. Why? Graduation Day!! He is majoring in computer programming, and he has finished 3 years of school with a 3.96 GPA. The only B that he has made the entire time was in English. I believe that he told me that he had a hard teacher for that class. In everything else, he made A's. He will also be graduating with special honors. Learning the computer languages was exceptionally easy for him. When we first got our computer, he automatically knew everything about them. His mother had one of those dinosaur computers which he did know how to operate. Today's computers are much more advanced than they used to be, yet he took up with it instantly.

I had to call mom yesterday to see if she could take the boys and me to Fulton for his graduation. His mother is not able to come, because of her car's condition. It is very picky on when it will run or not. His brother Jake will not be able to come either. Not sure why though, however he was here just about two weeks ago. I was very lucky to get a hold of mom. If I could not get her ASAP, then the boys and me would not be able to go either. Glad that I did get a hold of her. I would have been very sad if we were not able to go. I am sure that he would be too.

For you my dear, I am congratulating you for all the hard work you have done all these years. I rarely seen you with a textbook studying, yet you have accomplished so much. I hope that this experience will open up a lot of doors for you to walk through. Now is your chance to fly like an eagle, and make a better life for you and your family. Best wishes to you, and I hope that you will find what you are looking for in the job force. I am so happy for you that tears of joy fall from my eyes. We have waited for so long for this day to come, and it is a relief that you are finally finished. It seemed like forever this year, because we knew that graduation was not far away and we would be free from all the struggles that come along with a parent who is in college.

Again Congratulations and

WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!

Love always,
Your wife and boys




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Mommy Merit Mother's Day

>> Monday, May 10, 2010

I was given this badge/award from my friend Rose. You are to add a picture of your kids along with it, but I thought that I would add the picture below on this one. It is an appreciation for being a mom. If you would like to grab this badge, then you are more than welcome to have it. Just save the image to your computer, then you can use it anywhere. Thank you Rose for sending me over to pick this one up. I really appreciate it, and I appreciate you being my friend. These were the easter eggs that grandma had made them last year for easter. Oh boy pure sugar. Yesterday was Mother's Day, so I guess that this badge would be appropriate for that day. I did not get a chance to get things wrote, so I am wishing all moms a Happy Mother's Day! I enjoyed my day and my mother in law and brother in law's visit. They are such heartwarming people. I could not love them any more than I already do. I am very blessed to have a mother in law and two brother in laws that treat me as if I was their own daughter and sister. I am very fortunate to have such wonderful family members. Thanks for stopping by with all comments welcome.

































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ADHD Only Research Study In Sydney: You Can Participate For Free

>> Tuesday, May 4, 2010

For those in Australia, there is a participation opportunity for those who are parents of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The Sydney University Faculty of Health Sciences are looking for participants for a play- based intervention program that assists children with ADHD to help develop their social interactions with others. This will also help them in learning how to build friendships.

"In a previous study involving 350 children, we discovered that the play of children with ADHD differed from that of their peers," says Professor Anita Bundy.

The program takes seven week including assessment of social language, play skills, and play-based intervention. They are seeking children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old, having a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD. Children can participate in the program if they have conditions commonly occurring with ADHD (learning disorders and oppositional defiant disorder) provided ADHD is the primary diagnosis.

Children will not be able to participate if they have other major developmental or psychiatric disorders (autism, intellectual disability, and cerebral palsy). Participants will be required to have functional English skills to participate. The program is free and you can learn more about the ADHD only play-based intervention study in Sydney, Australia from The Medical News.

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Blast Off To A Sucessful Life

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Allison Maslan, author of "Blast Off!". All opinions are 100% mine.

I enjoy reading self help books to see how others think and feel about certain things. I came across something that was a little different than what I am used to. I came across a book that showed you how you can become successful including your career, personal life, finances, relationships, health and spiritual life. The book tells you how you can apply certain principles of life to achieve a successful life.

Alison Maslan who was a divorced mother, discovered a way to totally succeed in life with nine businesses and the ability to find the husband she has always dreamed about. A lot of Americans find their selves in the mist of personal distraught, and I believe that this book can help you see how to overcome the everyday issues that we have as we live. In her book Blast Off, launched back on January 19, 2010, it will give you daily action steps that will help you succeed in building a business, taking your career to the ultimate level, and have financial wealth and freedom. Let us not forget the personal satisfaction that you will receive when you try the action plan.

I think that this would be a good book for anyone who will be graduating. Either from high school or college, you can have a good idea of what opportunities that you have. As a mother of two, I did not get the chance to do a lot of the things that I wanted to do. I became a housewife devoting my life to my family. My husband will be graduating this month with a computer programming degree. He could really benefit from this book if he decides to create his own business some day. He even could end up working with some of the biggest businesses in the world. He can even benefit from learning how to create a better life for himself and for his family. Turning what you love to do into something that you can prosper from. For example, a hobby. I can take that hobby and create anything that I want to out of it, and use that to help guide my way to a better life. It is up to you to learn how to get the most out of life, and this book will give you ideas.

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Caseworker Troubles

A few months ago, we were given a new case worker for the boys. She works at the clinic where the boys are treated for their ADHD. I did have one that was very nice to our family, and she would do anything that I needed without question; never had anything bad to say.

A case worker is supposed to get medication from pharmacy, set up appointments, and run errands for you. They also can transfer paperwork to be signed from the schools to you if needed. My old case worker did it all. She was a true friend even though we could not be actual friends because it was strictly business. I was truly sad because I lost probably the best one out there. Thank you for everything that you have do for me. We will miss you greatly.

On to the new caseworker...

The first time that I saw her I had a child home sick with the stomach virus. She absolutely did not want anything from me after that. She took only one glance at Eddie on the couch and rushed to say, "Does he have the stomach virus?" What got me was that it seemed as if she knew what he had. Think about it, what are the chances of that happening when anything could have been wrong with him. I was shocked that she had determined that he was sick with a virus in less than five seconds. She rushed out of the screen door (I was in between the doors) as if she had some type of phobia to the stomach virus. A little more than a week later, she had come back to see me. This was her second visit to my house, and my old social worker basically had to make her come out here. I had knew for over two weeks or more that she was supposed to be coming to get started, but never did until the old worker was gone for good. It seemed like forever.

What gets me is that how she was talking to me. It's been a few days since we talked so I will try to remember as much as I can. Have you ever been told exactly how you are supposed to live and how you are supposed to raise your kids? Well, she was the queen of put downs I thought. I felt attacked from the very beginning. The house was not as clean as she thought it should be, so basically she took it out on the kids. She was telling me that her grown sons have ADHD, and they all including her husband treated her like a Queen of all things. Why is that so wrong? Well the impression that I got from her she was as if she basically owned her household and everyone in it. Now she was out to change mine. I do not think so. The boys have autism as well, and they are just not ready to be learning to do all that. Devin will cry just at the thought of having to do chores. Eddie has not reply. They do not understand the concept of keeping things cleaned. So for now I will continue to take care of them even if they do not learn how to do chores. That is my right if I want to do that; especially now.

Oh, and it does not stop there oh no! Next of all, she starts attacking my husband. He is currently waiting to get a job when he graduates from college this month. That is how he is wanting to do...wait until after graduation. Well the case worker thinks that she can attack that now. "You should be looking for a job right now..get your resume out. There is a place I know where you could work." She went on and on. She even got my husband cornered telling him that he need to get out and find a job. You can not just go out and talk to him like that. He will put you in your place and in a hurry.

I know that she really does not like us, she has shown that by trying to control what goes on behind my doors. Either that or she has a problem with poor people. I am planning to try and get someone else. We will not have any of that here...period.

Readers, yes I have vented out some of my issues that I have right now, but I thought that someone out there could relate or have a comment on the subject. Thanks for reading.

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Deer Vs. Your Yard

>> Monday, May 3, 2010

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Deer Off. All opinions are 100% mine.


With the weather warming up and you begin to plant things, animals will start coming into your yard. Perhaps to eat your lovely garden or flowers that you have planted behind the house? I am sure that this has happened to many of you. Next thing you know, your entire yard and garden is destroyed. All of your hard work gone because of deer eating everything up.

Deer carry ticks and Lyme's Disease which can be dangerous for you and your family. Lyme's Disease can make you have severe fatigue, sleep disturbance, and cognitive difficulties. Now think, how can I protect my family from these diseases. First you can learn about deer control and how effective it can be.

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Mississippi Tornadoes

>> Sunday, May 2, 2010


For the second weekend in a row, Mississippi has seen it's fair share of tornadoes. On April 24, 2010 multiple tornadoes were seen across Mississippi. As many would know, we lost 10 people due to what had been discovered as one tornado. The biggest one was in Yazoo City, MS with winds up to 160 mph and 1.75 miles across at its peak, and was the ninth deadliest tornado. It had left a trail for 149.25 miles. The Tallulah, Louisiana tornado finally dissipated in Sturgis, Mississippi. A tornado tracker for the 149 mile tornado will help you see exactly how far it went.


The Candlestick Park F-5 traveling 203 miles is the record for a Mississippi tornado. It happened on March 3, 1966. In February 21, 1971, 58 people had died prior to 1900 which was the record for the time. The most deadliest tornado in Mississippi occurred on May 6, 1840 with 317 dead. See how much we have changed in the way we forecast and alert people for tornadoes and sever weather.

Another famous tornado was in Tupelo, MS going all the way to Gainsville, Georgia. It happened on April 6, 1936. It was also an F-5 in Tupelo, and then an F-4 in Gainsville. It is said that letters from Gainsville were blown up to 67 miles away in Anderson, South Carolina. Another way that this was to become a famous tornado was because Elvis Presley happened to be a survivor of the 1936 Tupelo tornado. A partial list of about 82 that had died in the 1936 Tupelo tornado is available. However, more than a 100 were killed from the storm.

After the April 23-24, 2010 outbreak that had killed 10 in Mississippi, we are seeing even more tornadoes across Northern Mississippi.

After a tornado in Abbeville, MS hit, Phyliss Sabbatini was killed at age 45. It is located north of Oxford, MS on Sat. May 1, 2010. WTVA has taken down the post about three, but I did find one at the local newspaper saying that 4 were dead in Mississippi tornadoes. Several reports of tornadoes came across Union, Prentiss and Alcorn counties that I know of. It will take a few days to get all of the reports in on this weekend's round of tornadoes. As of today, Sunday, we are seeing bad weather again. Here is two radar maps at different times. The date and times are at the bottom. I doubt that we will have a tornado today somewhere, but the day is still here so the threat is here as well.
WTVA has reposted their news article. They are saying that three are dead in Mississippi.
During these horrible storms there was also a car accident due to heavy rains. Dustin Tyler Sloan of Saltillo, Ms (just north of Tupelo) was traveling on Hwy 78 (goes from Memphis to Alabama through Tupelo) when he wrecked into a bridge rail. He was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dustin was only 20 years old.
*Update*
After stormy weather on Sunday May 01, 2010, a 16 year old died when the car she was traveling in hit another car who was helping another one who had hydroplained earlier. Her name was Monique Braham of Shannon. The accident occured between the Main St. and Eason Boulevard. Read more here.
Also in the article, a man was pulled from rushing waters near Shiloh Rd. in Corinth, MS. His name has not been released as of yet.




BE SAFE!!


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Erik Lippmann Found On Shoreline Has Past Away

>> Thursday, April 29, 2010

I want to take an opportunity to send my condolences to Erik's family. He was found on the shoreline about 200 yards south of the sand plant off Lapis Road just above the surf line in Santa Cruz, California at Marina beach. He was missing for eight days before someone found him on the beach. You can read about Erik Lippmann's death here at Mercury News. I was praying very hard for him to be found safe, the world was. So short on life, he was only 30 years old. He was loved by his family, especially his mother Alpha Ratike. To Ratike, I am deeply sorry for your loss. God bless your heart.



Photo of purple iris is from: PDPhoto.org and Flower Clipart.com

Video Response From Erik's Mom (from KCBA Santa Cruz, CA)
Video is in the upper right hand corner of their web page.

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Proloquo2Go: Communication Devices Made Affordable


Special needs children who have difficulty speaking due to autism, Lou Gehrig's disease, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other conditions that prevent ones communication now has a window of opportunity. And guess what, it is affordable. Imagine spending up to 10,000 dollars for a computerized machine, like many parents are trying to do for their children. For most that is too difficult when we are already paying for other treatments and things, or for that matter just maintaining the household.

Proloquo2Go (which is Latin for "speak out loud") that was created by AssistiveWare is a program that is actually affordable. How does $189 sound? Pretty good to me! Please visit Proloquo2Go.com to learn more about the features. The video link below will show you how it works.
It creates sentences from grouping pictures together using around 8,000 symbols. It is available for the iPod touch which runs from $200 to $400, iPhone which runs about $100 to $300, and now introducing the iPad for up to $1,000. Prices come from the Apple Store.

Proloquo2Go can be downloaded at the App store here. It is also located in the education category. View the video interview from ABC on Proloquo2Go.
The company is working to make it easier for parents to own, when they just do not have the resources to purchase this product.
This is the new way to go in today's technology, and one of the most affordable communication devices, and most portable.
Hope that you will consider this for your loved one who has difficulty communicating with others. Now we can all speak out.

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Dr. Stanley Greenspan Has Passed

>> Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The autism community is grieving today. Dr. Stanley Greenspan who invented FloorTime and DIR has died on April 27, 2010. He was 68 years old. Dr. Greenspan is a hero among the autism community. He was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. To learn more on FloorTime, you can watch a video of Greenspan explaining FloorTime and DIR. He has written many articles and books that include Overcoming ADHD, and Engaging Autism. A beautiful farewell article about Greenspan's death describes his life in the autism world.

He will be missed greatly by everyone including the children that knew and worked with him. Thank you Dr. Greenspan for everything that you have done for the autism community. You have made a huge impact on the world of autism. God Bless You!

Many tears and cries will be heard as we will all miss you.

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Participate In CureTogether Autism Study

>> Tuesday, April 27, 2010

CureTogether is an online social health community that has announced the launch of its autism treatment study according to PR Web. They are interested in parents who can share and rate the success of their treatments for their autistic children. CureTogether will provide an online venue for parents to anonymously share their information.

CureTogether is interested in collecting information about any and all treatments tried including: Anxiety and Depression medications, Chelation and IV therapies, Glutathione, Naltrexone, EDTA, DMPS, DMSA, Detoxification, vitamins B-12, B-6, supplements, Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diets, Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments, Stem Cell Therapy, Play Therapy, Music Therapy and others. If you have any other type of treatment/therapy, you will be allowed to add that to their search.

Please visit CureTogether to participate in the study. The more people who participate, the better chance of a thorough study. 8,168 have taken the survey so far, and they are needing more. Please take the survey. It is very short and very easy to do and understand. Once you have entered your email address, then you are able to sign in to CureTogether for things like managing your health. Hope that you will all give it a try... so go go go!!

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Nadia Bloom Tells Her Story About Being Missing

>> Monday, April 26, 2010

ABC talks to Nadia Bloom and her parents about the days Nadia spent in the woods in a Florida swamp. Nadia said that she was not sure if she would be found. Thankfully she was found by a member of her church. Nadia saw animals while she was missing including a snake, bugs, 3 dogs, an eagle, owls, and lizards. She was eating plants to stay alive and slept where she could at night. She loves nature and did not realize that she would get lost in the swamp. She spent a week in the hospital to recover, and received blessings from every angle. She is such a brave girl and we are all glad that she is safe and doing well. Bless her and her family. Please watch the video of Nadia speaking out as she tells her story about those long days. Greatly appreciated, and thank you all for reading.

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Missing Canadian Autistic: Kevin Kwok

>> Sunday, April 25, 2010


Toronto, Canada is looking for a missing autistic named Kevin Kwok. He is 17 years old with the functioning ability of a seven year old. He left about 9:00 p.m. from his Scarborough home which is located near Birchmount Road and Sheppard Avenue. He does require medication and was last seen wearing an orange Adidas t-shirt and black shorts. He is described as five foot six to five foot seven, and 130 pounds with a thin build.

Please call 42 Division at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS with any information you may have. His safety is a concern for police authorities.

Hope that his is found shortly. Our prayers are with him and his family and friends.

Kevin Kwok has been found!!

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Oakley Sunglasses Benefit Autism

Needing new sunglasses this year? Love Oakley's Sunglasses?

Buy Oakley's to benefit autism.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Oakley have come together in the creation of autism awareness sunglasses. For each pair of sunglasses sold, Oakley will provide $20 to TACA in support of its mission to help children with autism reach their true potential. Your price for the autism sunglasses is... $150.00. You can also buy these glasses with other autism organizations and Oakley resellers through their international channel. You can order Oakley's autism sunglasses at the TACA store. They are available for men and women and are very awesome. Ships in 1-2 weeks. Please read the products information when you order at TACA to learn about the full benefits of these wondrous sunglasses.

GRAB YOURS TODAY!!

Women's Oakley Autism Awareness Sunglasses

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Autism Society of America: Transformers Benefit Auction

As some would know, we are HUGE Transformers fans. According to Seibertron.com, Autism Society of America is getting into Transformers as well. In association with Procustomizers.com, the Autism Society of America is having a transformers toy collection autism auction. A set of transformers is set to be auctioned off on Ebay. The auction is set for later today and has not been posted as of yet, but you can view the Youtube video that is embedded below. The collection includes the following Decepticons (the bad guys):

Ravage
Rumble and Frenzy
Starscream
Megatron
Laserbeak and Buzzsaw
Shockwave
Thundercracker
Soundwave
Skywarp


Watch the video to find out who is who!



View the video for a complete overview of the toys below! Once I do find the link to the actual auction, I will get it posted for you. Hope that you will participate in the auction. Transformers are truly a work of art, and we have been collecting them for years. Happy Bidding!!



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Jake's Artwork

>> Saturday, April 24, 2010

We were lucky to have my brother-in-law, Jake, down from Arkansas. He will be turning 24 this November; the day after my husband's birthday. We are also happy to announce that he will be having his first baby in November as well. Hopefully the baby will be born on one of their birthdays. His wife is due either the 27, 28, or 29th. Looks like my hubby will be a true uncle now. Jake says that he is a little nervous... who wouldn't be! He is a very good hearted man, and I know that he will do his best. He is also quite the handyman. Seems like he can do it all, and he is only 24. We had a broken door cover off of the truck, and Jake happened to have a heated gun that melted the cracked plastic back together. I had no idea that you could do that.

Anyways, I thought that I would share the pictures that he has painted and taken pictures of. He has put great detail in them, and he says that he is teaching himself how to do it. Jake was telling my husband how much of an inspiration he was to him. My husband can draw good as well (even though he denies it), and Jake looks up to him so much. Jake has taken up the interest in art from my husband. I am very proud to have just great family members. They are simply amazing!! OK, here are the pictures that I promised. Quite the artist don't you think? Keep up the good work Jake! If you are interested in improving your artwork, then maybe you should look into art schools. Maybe you can find just what you are looking for.

Eiffel Tower

The ocean's edge

Man in the moon and the constellation Orien's Belt


Stream/River in Forrest

House and Bridge

Mountains And Sunshine

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Twitter Feed Updated... Finally

Sorry about my recent twitter activity. I had noticed that the feed had stopped. No tweets from my blog in three months. WOW! Talk about being behind. I made my way over to TwitterFeed to get everything updated. I was changing internet companies, and did not realize that I needed to update the feed so my posts would get tweeted for you to read. Maybe that is why I am loosing some visitors. I greatly appreciate every visit even if it is just to say hello. Hope that you all have a wonderful day. We are having thunderstorms again this morning so we are keeping an eye on the sky!



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Missing Autistic: Erik Lippmann

>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Santa Cruz, California is in search for Erik Lippmann who is a 30 year old missing autistic. He has been missing since Wednesday April 21, 2010 at 2:00 a.m., and has been considered at-risk.

Erik is
known to frequently visit the Capitola Mall and Pacific Avenue areas.

He was wearing a
t-shirt, possibly with cartoon characters on it, pants and slip-on shoes.

Police are asking anyone with any information about Erik to call 911.

Erik and his family are in our prayers for his safe return.

STILL MISSING AS OF APRIL 23, 2010

***UPDATED INFORMATION INCLUDING NEW PICTURE***

For new details on Erik Lippmann, please visit the link for Mercury News.

Age of Autism is a popular autism news website that has also been covering this story.

April 28, 2010 Still Missing. The latest is here.

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Missing Autistic: Marshall Bacher


Pima County officials in Tucson, Arizona are asking the public for help in finding Marshall Bacher who is a 28 year old missing autistic. Bacher was reported missing at approximately 10:30 Tuesday April 20,2010 by his mother.

She said that he left a note saying that he was going to Rillito River and would return in a few hours. According to his mother, he does not know the concept of time. Authorities have put him at high risk. His mother has said that he has left the house before, but usually returns.

Marshall is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5'11" tall, 235 lbs., with dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt, denim carpenter shorts, a blue and grey parka, grey New Balance shoes and a turquoise backpack.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Marshall Bacher is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Please be on the lookout for him as we pray for his safe return.

*In my own opinion from following missing autistics, I have noticed how adventurous they tend to be. From what I have seen, they are usually found in placed that would provide them comfort as they feed the need for adventure. His mother said that he was going to the river...perhaps to fill that need for adventure. I was reading another story of two autistic teenagers went missing for a day in Florida. They were found at the beach early in the morning. Were they perhaps having their own adventure as well? Nadia Bloom from Florida was found safe in the dense woods behind her house, as if she was also having an adventure.

***UPDATE***

Has been located!!

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Hotel Offers Autism Rooms In Austin, Texas

>> Thursday, April 15, 2010

America has done it again. The Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin, Texas has opened up a new wing that has rooms for autistics and their parents. The five special needs rooms opened up on April 14, 2010. Each one was filled for the first night. KVUE has more on the story. Worried about the GFCF diet? No need to, because they offer menus to serve those who are on the diet. Now you can enjoy your vacation at yet another hotel that offers rooms for those with autism. I had recently wrote about the Clinton Inn in Tenafly, New Jersey offering rooms for autistics. The hotel is also offering discounts for the rooms. You can contact the hotel for more information at 512-448-2444. They are located at 3401 South IH-35 in Austin, Texas.

Austin is a wonderful place to visit for vacation. I have been there while I stayed with my mom, and I absolutely enjoy the city very much. I love the capitol building as well. Some 15 years ago, squirrels and birds would come up to your hands and take food that you have brought. Really brings back the memories for me, and I am sure that you and your family will enjoy Austin as well. You can plan your Austin trip with ease and know that you will have a hotel that is safe for your children.

I hope that you have a wonderful vacation, and it is all just in time for summer! Happy staying and be safe!

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Missing Mildly Autistic Girl: Nadia Bloom

>> Monday, April 12, 2010


It is day three for a missing 11 year old girl who is mildly autistic. Nadia Bloom was last seen riding her bicycle when she went missing from her hometown of Winter Springs, Florida in the Barrington Estates subdivision. She was wearing a orange shirt and blue shorts. She could have been caring a black horse backpack. She was also an explorer, and enjoyed nature very much. She had gotten a new camera and authorities and family members hope that she is just out for a walk. She is believed to be around several ponds that are dangerous. They plan to use sonar to try and find her. If you can volunteer in the search for Nadia Bloom, call Winter Springs police at (407) 327-1000. We are all praying for her safe return. If you are living in the Winter Springs, FL area, please volunteer to help in the search for Nadia Bloom. May God Bless You Nadia!!

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Devin Learns To Ride Bicycle

>> Friday, April 9, 2010

Hello everyone! Today was a terrific day for Devin. He has learned how to ride a Bicycle Smiley 2. Not to long ago he had gotten a bike and was learning how to ride it with training wheels. I would say that he really did not have all that much practice before we decided to try and take off the training wheels. I had previously decided to raise the wheels up to where they would not be on the ground as much. I wanted to see how he could do when he could balance the bicycle without the wheels touching the ground. I had told him to try and ride it in the grass so that he would not get hurt. When we took them off, he immediately took off without any problems what so ever. He never did fall down the entire time. I was almost in shock that he just took to it and did it without even trying. It was like he was born to ride a bike. We were all very excited for him on his new accomplishment. He is surely going to enjoy this coming summer where he will be outside most of the time. He is even good enough to peddle the bicycle while he is not sitting on the seat. That takes a lot of balance and strength. He has an 18-inch NEXT Surge bicycle like the one below:
For his accomplishment we will give him an award as well!! Congratulations son, you have greatly earned it. We love you very much and very proud of how much you have grown. Bless you my son and may all your dreams come true.

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Rapid ABC: Testing For Autism In 5 Minutes

For us autistic parents, we remember how long it was for our children to be evaluated for autism. Long hours at the examination office can be overwhelming with the tedious behaviors of our children sitting somewhere for a long time. That is all to familiar with most of us. For parents of young children, there is a new procedure in testing for autism and it only takes about five minutes including interactive play that will check for how the child learns, speaks, moves and behaves. Hearing and vision is also tested to ensure there is no problems there. Also, neurology is tested. Doctors still consider screenings at 9 months, 18 months, 24 or 30 months, with continued screenings if the child is within the high risk area. The test is called Rapid ABC or The Rapid Attention Back and Forth Communication screener, and was developed by Emory Autism Resource Center and Georgia Tech University. The Rapid ABC is designed to assess a child's risk for ASD's during a regular checkup in a pediatrician's office. For more information you should contact the Emory Autism Resource Center directly. You can also e-mail Monica Allen, who is the Senior Psychological Specialist at rapid.abc@gmail.com. The guidelines for autism determination from the American Academy of Pediatrics still recommends children be screened for autism at one and a half to two years of age. As Katy Crowther, mother of Ben, decided to push for autism testing at just 14 months. She said that "He wasn't imitating us. He wasn't pointing or clapping or playing any of those sort of interactive games." The Early Intervention has helped the Crowther family with their son Ben's development.

Here is the news cast video link for New Test For Autism from ABC KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA. I tried to put the video up here for you, but the embedded code was broken.

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Movie Trailer For Date Night Movie 4-09-10

>> Thursday, April 8, 2010

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of 20th Century Fox. All opinions are 100% mine.



Attention movie goers! Date Night starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey is opening this weekend on April 9, 2010. This movie is about a couple who decides to go on a date night and finds themselves being chased by criminals who thinks they are someone else. Being a part of a shoot out, car chase, breaking and entering, and dealing with an underworld boss at an adult club is just part of making it to the end of the night they spent in town. As you gear up for the opening night of Date Night you can enjoy watching the movie trailer that I have provided for you. Whether you watch it alone or with friends and family, it is sure to please for days to come. Send everyone you know over to view the trailer here. Hope that you will decided to go see the Date Night Movie on opening night. That is on April 9, 2010. Only a few more days to get everything ready so hop to it and have a great time at the movies everyone. Date Night is rated PG-13 for your entertainment needs. This movie is great for a girl's night out so grab those seats and get ready for the ride. Remember to drive safely to and from the movies. Playing it safe will be appreciated by everyone. I would love to hear your comments on the movie after you have seen it! Enjoy your time everyone! (For the full New York Times article please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/movies/04date.html?ref=movies)



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>> Tuesday, April 6, 2010






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Light It Up Blue 2010: Autism Awareness Day

>> Thursday, April 1, 2010

For this years autism awareness, Autism Speaks is Lighting It Up Blue for 2010. On the night of April 1, 2010 (that is tonight) the Empire State Building in New York City will be lit up blue. The CN tower in Toronto, Canada will also be lit up to raise autism awareness. Pictures can be viewed here as well. There is also some great ideas on what you can do for autism awareness this month. If you are looking to find an event to attend to in your area, then there is a place where you can find the ones in your area. If you have any photos that you wish to share with them, then you can also get that done. Need to share on facebook or twitter? No problem. You can do it all there. Light It Up Banners for blogs and websites are also available to use at no cost to you, and remember to wear blue for Autism Awareness Day!! Thank you for your support!


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March 2010 Entrecard Droppers

>> Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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smoking cessation 10
best home loan 9
WendyLee 3
Down Home Frugal 2
Crimsonsparkle.net 2
comatised 2
Rose's obstacles and glories 2
Ayzor.com 2
Dark Nogisaka's Life 1
Fables, Parables And Stories 1

Thank you all for dropping on my e-card in the month of March. I greatly appreciate it and hope to see you all again next month. Best of wishes to all!!






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Build A Bear Workshop Helps Autism Speaks

Do your children love teddy bears? Mine sure do. For the last six years Build A Bear Workshop is taking donations for Autism Speaks. Now you can enjoy these wonderful bears, and help autism.

Between March 31, 2010 and May 2, 2010 you can go to any retail Build A Bear Workshop store to donate $1, or how ever much you wish to donate. Click here to find a store near you.

You can also give back at the company’s virtual world. From April 1 through June 30, you can choose to donate a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of Bearville Outfitters Virtual Stuff Game Cards to Autism Speaks when you activate your card.

I encourage everyone to help in the fight against autism. Without you we can not move forward to learn the mysteries of autism. Thank you all for your help.

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Lost Memories

>> Monday, March 29, 2010

Today was a sad day for our family. The house that my husband grew up in has burned. I was checking my email, and noticed that on my local news list there was a house in Shannon, MS that had burned. I took a closer look at the picture and noticed that it was my husband's grandmother's house. He had grew up in the house his entire life. We even lived there for about two years after we had gotten married, so it was a very memorable house to all of us. My husband is on his way there and has only seen this picture:

As you noticed that the fire trucks are on concrete. It was this way at the house because my husbands uncle owns a furniture factory that is next to it. It used to belong to his grandfather. After looking at another source, I found this picture. My husband has not seen this one yet, but from the looks of it is the house.

See how the concrete goes right up to the house! Where the firefighters are standing, it used to be an entire room, but had recently been made into a garage without outer walls. The house was being rented out at the time. We are thankful that no one was hurt.

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Hello 30's Goodbye 20's

>> Sunday, March 21, 2010

Today I am saying, "Good bye 20's, Hello 30's." That is right, today is my birthday. To bad that it is raining and cold. We are sitting at 35 degrees at 11:30. My husband allowed me to sleep until I got up about 9:00 this morning. We I came into the living room, the kids were looking at me as if they had something to say. When I came in, they told me Happy Birthday Mom. What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning. The only thing that I am not so happy about would be the health care bill. I hope that they do not pass it especially on my birthday... what a present from the government. It is something that I am just not looking forward to. I am not sure what the rest of the day will bring, or who will come visit me. Aunt Kat told me that mom may come down, so I guess I will see her soon.

Thanks for visiting me today, and hope that you will enjoy your day as well.

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Lindt Gold Bunnies For Autism

>> Saturday, March 20, 2010


I was reading the Parent's Magazine that my Aunt Kat had gotten me this year, and I found something that I thought might interest some of you. Lindt, the masters in swiss chocolate, is supporting Autism Speaks this year. For every Lindt Gold Bunny sold between now and April 4,2010, Lindt will donate 10 cents up to $100,000 for each purchase. Lindt is also recognizing the "Unsung Heros of Autism". Three individuals whose life has made a difference in the autism community will receive $5,000 for their efforts. The Lindt company is also having a celebrity auction in which you will have the chance to win a Rosenthal porcelain Lindt Gold Bunny signed by a celebrity. The entire auction price for the procelain bunny will be donated to Autism Speaks. On April 1, 2010 a list of celebrities will be listed for you to see who will be signing the gold bunny, and to place your bids on their website. Grab up a few of these wonderful bunnies that will sure to please your table and guests for your Easter holiday. For all of your Easter card sending you can also send an e-card to all your friends and family and Lindt will donate $1.00 for each one. From what I can see they are free to send. Try these Lindt Gold Bunnies for autism today! They are also reasonably priced so get yours today!

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Returning

>> Monday, March 1, 2010

I have finally made it back to blogging again after being away all month. We decided to change internet providers. We were going with AT&T, but we have moved to Comcast, our local cable company. The speed is incredible, and we no longer have internet connection disruptions any more. We got a great deal on it as well. We are paying half of what we were with internet and phone. We never really use the phone anyway, so this time we got cable. We are only paying for basic, but we are getting all the channels since the installer said that they can no longer block the channels out. Good for us and the kids. We have not had cable in a few years so it has been enjoyable to have it again. The boys enjoy watching Cartoon Network, and we usually watch Fox News when they are not watching t.v.

We had some sickness in the family this past month. The week of Valentine's Day was aweful. Devin had gotten sick at his stomach for about two days. A few days later, my husband came down with the stomach virus. Later, my oldest came down with it for a week. I never got sick though. That usually happens for me. We are all well now, and I hope that we do not get sick any more this winter.

Well, guess that is about all that we had done over the last month. Same ole things going on down here. Guess that I will leave it at that and get going. Need to clean up the house again today! An endless job around here!

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Missing Autistic: David Allen Kelty

>> Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Police are searching for a missing autistic named David Allen Kelty, 44, from Montebello, California. He does have a history of a blood clot which requires medication. David Allen Kelty has been missing since January 13, 2010. Police say that he tends to ride the Montebello Bus Lines, and may not realize that he has been reported missing, and it is reported that he is able to care for himself. You can report any sightings to the Montebello Police Department at 323-887-1313. Please help bring this man home!!

As of April 25, 2010 I have found no news on David. Not sure what his status is.

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Missing Autistic: Bruce Davis


On January 25, 2010 Bruce Davis, who is an autistic man, was last seen at Alvarado Hospital at 9:00p.m. He was reported leaving his home in Lemon Grove La Mesa area around 4:30p.m., and reports have been made saying that he may be going to his mother's (Glenda Davis) place in DeBorgia,Montana. There was an unconfirmed sighting of him at Denny's Restaurant on Alvarado Road in La Mesa, California about 10:00p.m. His family is not sure exactly where he was or where he is going, but he apparently does not have any friends or family in the immediate area. It is not known how he will make his way to Montana if that is where he is going according to this missing autistic report. We are all hoping that he is safe and will be found. If you have seen him, please call the Sheriff's Communication Center at (858) 565-5200 with any information that you may have on Bruce Davis. This picture is from the site as well. Let us bring him home safely!

**As of April 25, 2010, I have not found any more news on Bruce. Do not know his status.

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Pirate Adventure Kid Stories

>> Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Little Eddie loves to write stories. He had wrote these using Microsoft Word about two months ago, and thought that I would share them with you. Looks like we are going on a pirate adventure to a sunken ship.

The Pirates Adventure

Their was a pirate ship at the dock. The pirates got on board. And sailed to the water and the admiral said ‘’we need a deck hand’’ and sailed to land and found a suspended pirate from another ship and the admiral then said ‘’we need a cook.’’ and sailed to some land and found another suspended pirate from another ship. And the admiral then said we need a
pirate that will use the weapons.’’ and they sailed to some more land and found a suspended pirate from another ship. The captain asked for a meatloaf when the cook brought the meatloaf the captain ate it in one bite! And the captain then asked for a turkey sandwich and when the cook brought it the captain ate it in one bite! The deck hand asked for a turkey leg. and the admiral found an enemy ship and said ’’fire.’’ they beat the enemy ship. The deck hand saw an enemy ship and said ’’fire.’’ and the cannons went bam. they beat the enemy ship. the pirates took a map out. And the admiral said ‘’turn left.’’ then the admiral said ‘’forward.’’ and then the admiral said ’’turn right.’’ the admiral said ‘’land!’’ they found treasure. And they then returned to the dock.

The Sunken Ship
There is a ship at a dock. The people got on board. The captain had sailed it to some rough waters. A battleship’s captain was blind and shot the ship up. the ship sunk. A crew came up and saw the ship sink. The crew had a diver. The crew had gave the diver an objective to explore the sunken ship. the diver dived into the water. The diver arrived at the sunken ship. He saw some dead people. The diver saw some chemicals. He saw a skull. He exited the room where he saw the skull. He exited the room where he saw some chemicals. He exited the room where he saw some dead people. He went up. He went to the surface. The crew rested for a minute. Then when the crew woke up the crew went back to their dock.

I had left everything as he has done it, and did not change a thing. These are his original stories, and I wanted to keep them just as they were. Thanks for reading and I hope that you will enjoy them.

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Hotel Room For Autistics In New Jersey

>> Monday, January 25, 2010

The Clinton Inn Hotel in Tenafly, New Jersey is offering accommodations for parents and children of autism spectrum disorders. The rooms include unbreakable glassware, bumpers on furnishings, special locks and in-room decor and accessories that can't be knocked off. For those who choose to stay at the hotel will receive a welcome box of activities, a special-needs menu, free in-room movie and even access to a reserved table at the hotel's restaurant. Clinton Inn also donates part of the proceeds from stays in the suit to charitable organization Autism Speaks, according to The News Tribune. In Mercury News, rates for the special-needs room start at $179 per night. Would you not pay anything to have a peaceful nights sleep knowing that your autistic children are safe and sound, entertained, and feed correctly while you are on vacation? So if you are looking for a place that can accommodate your children's special needs so you can have a vacation to remember, then try the Clinton Inn Hotel in Tenafly. The name of the suite for autistic children is called the Alpine Suite.
Clinton Inn manager Tony Morreale knows firsthand the challenges of parenting an autistic child.

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Where Are My Friends... Am I An Outcast?

>> Thursday, January 21, 2010

My kids and I were sitting in the truck yesterday while my husband was in the college bookstore, and the subject of friends came up somehow. Eddie had told me that he just ran out of friends at school, and of course I asked why. "I just did." he said. I had asked him why they did not want to be his friend anymore, he did not know. He had told me that some of the boys did not like how he "acted" in school. He still has some quirks that would normally disrupt a class, so I guess that is what the problem is. He has told me that sometimes they want to hit on him, or do other things to him, but I have not received any complains from his teacher on the subject, so I am not sure if they do or do not. I am sure that if they did then I would hear from his teacher. I had asked him who he plays with at recess, and he had told me no one, I play by myself. I had tried to explain to him that we need to be nice to the other kids no matter how much they try intimidate him. As I tried to talk to him about it, he seemed to listen to me, but not exactly getting the message that friends are important and you need to be nice to them all. I am sure that he is being nice to them, but is being treated as an outcast. I do not know. I want him to have friends at school, but I can not make the other kids like him and accept him for who he is. He never talks about the other kids in his class, so I figured that he was having some social difficulties as a lot of other autistic children can have. He has had friends in past school years, but they got separated as they grew up. I am really hoping that this will be a temporary thing, and he will have friends as the years go by. I feel so sad for him, because I know how he is feeling. I did not have friends as a child either. The few friends that I did have were considered outcasts as I was. They did not fit in to the whole group, but I would always take them in as my friends, because I knew how they felt. Moving around as much as I did left no room for true friendships, and I had to suffer from that and start over at the next school that I went to. I was one of the odd ones, who was skinny, had a funny haircut, and from somewhere else. I never fit in anywhere; all the way into high school. Everyone always found something wrong with me, and I just wanted to be friends with someone. I did not care who it was as long as it was someone who I felt was a true friend. I have felt that I did not have any social skills back then, and I still do not. I get scared every time that I am around someone, and just want to leave. Unless I am very familiar with them. I do not make well with people because I feel that I will not be accepted by them, so I try to avoid as much as possible. Even today, the friends that I did have are gone now, and we do not even stay in touch anymore...or did they just play me as well. I do not know. Anyhow... Devin seems to be doing well so far as friends are concerned. I hear him talking about two or three of them almost everyday. He is younger, so the indifference of people has not arose in his grade level like they have in Eddie's. I am just hoping that it gets easier instead of harder to cope when it comes to friendships for them. I just do not want them to have the same things happen to them that I did as a child when it comes to social skills, yet again that is one of the main issues when it comes to a child with autism. They tend to lack social skills, yet again they can be taught how to interact somewhat with others depending on their level of functioning.

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Weight Gain: Abilify

>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Earlier this month I was reading headlines from blogs that I have subscribed to, and I found something interesting. Action For Autism is looking for autistics who are currently on Abilify. Abilify has been approved for those with autism. Weight gain is the name of the game, and it is said that you can gain up to a pound a week. For the past two years, I myself have been on Abilify, and I have seen significant weight gain. I take it as a mood stabilizer. Before I started taking the medication, I weighted about 115 pounds (little I know). Over time, I have gained about another 50 pounds. I had talked to my doctor about it once, and she had assured me that it was not the Abilify that was causing my weight gain, but just feeling better. I still had my suspicions about the whole ordeal, and was excited to learn that my suspicions were if fact correct. If you have a child on Abilify, please contact Action For Autism. There is also a Yahoo group for Abilify and weight gain if you would like to join. The link will be on Action For Autism's blog. Please visit the link above for more information. You can also click on the button below. Thank you and let your voice be heard!!

Abilify and Weight gain

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