Thursday, December 26, 2013

Maggie: mommy, when you have a baby, do they give you like a medicine so that you don't feel the baby come out?

Me: yes, praise God

Maggie: (Leaps for joy around the living room) Yea! Yes! Then I DO want to get married!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ike just asked what would happen if he licked a scrape on his knee. I said nothing. He said, "Oh. Yesterday in the car Shep made me lick it. Then after I did, he told me tomorrow I would die."

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Watching a Nativity show with the kids and fielding all sorts of really challenging theological questions. 
"Did they comb their hair?"
"Do they wear pants?"
"They walked back them?"
"Is that Santa?"

Friday, November 29, 2013


Why do they want us to marry Christmas?
Shep (on writing) have you ever done suppository text?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ike just called 911, for kicks. But seriously, y'all, I went 10 years of parenting before a kid of mine called 911. That's pretty special, huh?
I take mommy props wherever I can get them.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Farts are a result of the Fall, cause as soon as Adam & Eva farted, people smelled it & fell down. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

After eating four bowls of Chicken and Lime soup:

 "Mom, I just barfed the soup from dinner up in my mouth a little bit just now. And when I swallowed it back down, it still tasted so good."
Maggie and Ike have this tendency to say, "I love you more than Satan!" and I'm like, um, thanks, I guess - ??

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I wish when Eva Rose was the HARDEST TWO YEAR OLD I HAD EVER ENCOUNTERED EVER that someone would have told me seven years later she would be in my kitchen making mac and cheese and salad for the family while I sat on my butt looking at facebook. That would have made it sting a little less.
Me: It's true, you have not been managing your emotions well lately.
Shep: WHAT?! YES I HAVE!! {stomps off to room}

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Eva Rose was giving me an inventory of nail polish colors we need to do Halloween nails. She said 'we need a non-see through green' but as soon as she said 'we need a non-see...' Shep interrupts with this evil monster voice 'You need a NAZI???'

Ok maybe you had to be there but it was pretty hysterical.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ike asked where he came from. I said my tummy. No, like where did you go to get me. The hospital. I mean WHERE mom?!?
I guess this is what happens when your baby sister arrives via airplane.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chestnut brown cascade.
Emerald pools pull me in.
Lost.  Found.  Lost again.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ike, in the pool, sobbing, wailing, "I DON'T WANT TO BE HUMAN!!!!!!"

"Fine, you're a shark, be a shark."

The rest of y'all, I can't help you.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Maggie: can we please get a pet? I am so tired of all the humans in this family.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tonight I was reading "I Love You Forever" to Ike. Shep was looking on and kept teasing me, "you're gonna're gonna cry." I got thru the whole book without crying - HA - but when it got to the part where he goes to his mom's house and picks her up and begins to rock her, guess which 9 year old tough guy BURST INTO AN UGLY CRY?? HA!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

At swim. Bethie really loved her teacher, then had a sub for 2 weeks. First week, we just had to leave. Skipped last week. Now we are here and teacher is back and she is freaking out. Sobbing. The move has messed her up so much. Change has always meant loss to her. Hurting my heart. :(

Friday, May 24, 2013

Shep: Mom, was I circosated when I was a baby?
Me: {Blank look}
Shep: You know, my nuts cut and stuff.
Me: {awkward pause, wondering how on earth this would have come into conversation among third graders} {me, breathing a sigh of relief}
Me: Oh, you've been reading your Bible, huh?
Shep: Yes! Moses was circosated when he was NINETY!
Me: Yeah. You were one day old. Better.
Shep: Way better.
As I rolled on top of Walker Dollahon and he groaned:
Me: Just think how hard it would be to move my body if you killed me.
Walker: Yeah, the ego alone.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Walker's mom has been staying with us a couple of days, helping to watch Bethie while I pack. The concensus: "She seems better adjusted than, you know, most of the other grandkids" and "I think she is upping the Dollahon IQ pool." #Bethieforthewin
Walker: Shep, you may not say "Don't be a homo". That is rude and disrespectful and unacceptable.
Shep and Eva Rose: He said "Don't be a hobo."
Walker: Oh. Well. Um. Don't say that either.
Shep and Eva Rose: What's a homo?
Walker: Just...don't say either one of them.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Every day this little girl blossoms before my eyes. Every single day she's funnier, sweeter, smarter, sillier than the day before. I knew she would change but - wow. It's simply overwhelming.

Merry Lynn Guy How do you feel you have blossomed and changed in the same amount of time Missy?
Missy Hooks Dollahon Merry Lynn Guy Hm. I dunno. I'll have to think on that one. I think the most amazing thing to me is what a privilege it is to witness how powerful love is. All we're doing is LOVING her. That's all. There is zero magic to it. It's just awe-inspiring how much it has enabled her to become her full, brilliant self. It makes me understand how much we change and grow and blossom and transform thru the love of Christ. And how much more I am enabled to continue to transform, because the love and power of Christ is so much more than the love that we have for Bethie.

I want to glow like Bethie is glowing. I want that love to shine through me like it is shining through her.
Joy Primm Love this pic! First time I've seen her face lit up like that. So beautiful and wonderful to hear.
Missy Hooks Dollahon She just giggled all day long today. One twelve hour long giggle.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

20 year old checkout girl at HEB: "When I get older, I don't even want to have kids, I just want to adopt a baby girl from Africa...and name her Beyonce. And she will be fierce."

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bethie riding the Zilker Park choo choo. She is an official Austinite now!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I remember when ike was born thinking 'It must be nice to have 5 people dote on you and tell you how adorable you are from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed.' 

Now Bethie has SIX people giving her the same treatment. 

Well, okay, 5 and a half. Ike's still not 100% smitten.

Friday, April 12, 2013

A friend came over today when Bethie's hair was VERY NAPPY and she only had a diaper on. I am resolved to have the first white trash black baby.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Maggie, reading out the car window: Mommy, what does a body shop sell?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

new house

gameroom upstairs

girls rooms on left, boys on right

boys room on the left, guest room on the right

boys' room - it's HUGE


one of the girls' rooms -

Jack-n-jill girls' bathroom

other girls' room - little window in closet

 Grandma room :)



 Family room

kitchen - huge breakfast bar

white appliances :(


pantry is almost as big as old house

study, to right as you enter

(they had the mother in law in here)


dining room (on left as you enter)

 laundry room

guest bath


 my closet