Friday, February 19, 2010

Eat Good Food!

Some Good Foods for people suffering from G.I. ailments, ADD, ADHD, and/or Autism:

Apple wedges or celery sticks topped with natural peanut butter and raisins - Fun, healthy and filling; protein and vitamins

Oranges - energizing; good vitamin C

Gluten-free stuff you can get frozen or make yourself - bread, breadsticks, chicken nuggets, muffins - GLUTEN FREE!

Berries - energizing; cleansing

Bananas - calming; nourishing

Almond milk - delicious to make fruit smoothies!

Fresh greens - dark leafy lettuce, turnip or mustard greens

Beets - Buy fresh and put in a juicer with a lemon, some grapes, apples, carrots and greens. Cleanses your system and you feel great!

Eggs - really a bit of a miracle in a shell

Nuts, dark chocolate, green tea - magnesium, antioxidants, Taste!

Cold water fish - Brain food

Friday, February 12, 2010

She's Back

Alright, now it's time to own up. I came home from the job in Brenham. I've all sorts of reasons for only working there for two months. The closest thing I can figure to the deepest truth is this: lack of what it takes to be that close to him and feel I'm not helping.

I've never felt my heart break anywhere near in comparison to the day I heard my dear friend Toby say "autism," in reference to Caleb, and then I opened a dictionary and understood that it fit--until my time spent at Brenham State Supported Living Center as a nurse for The Cottages.

It was like being dropped into a war zone to retrieve those held captive - like a Rambo movie - and utterly failing. But you know what? Every day of my life, I feel I have failed my child.

I am not sharing these thoughts with the world for sympathy, the last thing parents of challenged individuals need, but understanding maybe, mostly for all of the families out there also in this battle. We all love our babies. We hurt for our babies, even when they are twenty-five. And we do need prayer.

Our children also need the love of people other than their parents. They like receiving cards and letters, too.

Brenham State Supported Living Center
4001 Highway 36 South
Brenham, TX 77833-9611

This is the general address. If you want to send a "Hello" to Caleb Jones, simply use the above address and put "for Caleb Jones" on the envelope. I will take it from there. For more information go to brenham state schools/brenham.html

God will bless you for being a friend to the friendless.