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

Mags

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

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.

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 cry...you'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!




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