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

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'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 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.

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


I had a dream last night that I had four feet. And two of them were Abraham Lincoln's.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Me: Are you gonna obey me, or are you gonna argue?
Eva Rose: I'm obeying AND I'm arguing!
And then we both cracked up.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bethie said 2 words yesterday, uh-oh and Dada. Then today, 3: kaka (Amharic for nasty), GG, and ruff-ruff for puppy. She also mimics the kids and will do "tricks" for them (which they love), like make faces or noises etc. I hope this means we are having a language explosion! So ready for my baby to talk!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Facebook status from 2-26-13

If I may just share some prayer requests:

1. Please pray for her to attach to Walker. She is totally rejecting him. It is normal, it happens a lot that they reject one parent at first and better him than me. But that means that I am 100% everything from sunup to sundown. No, after sundown, because she sleeps with me too. 24/7. He can't even change a diaper. It's just exhausting.

2. If you think to pray for us from 3pm-6pm, please do. That's when the kids come home from school and you know, it's the Witching Hour. Homework, chores, baths, they all want me, the other four are transitioning and feeling neglected as it is, and this is when Bethie wants me to hold her full time. And I am at the end of my patience rope by then. Thank God for friends bringing meals. There is no way I can handle making dinner now. If you have friends adopting, please, for the love, TAKE THEM DINNER.

3. During that time Bethie gets wound up and tired and she has starting hitting etc. And I have no clue how to discipline her when we are working on attaching. I am at a complete loss. I've been saying sternly NO HIT but half the time she answers by hitting me. Can't put her in time out because of her abandonment issues. Trying to remember that even with my bio kids I was usually dumbfounded by 2yo discipline - adoption makes it 1000x harder to figure out.

4. Bethie thinks Eva Rose hung the moon. She just looks at her and laughs. Which is great - except it is breaking little Maggie's heart. Maggie has been acting out the most and I think it is because she is jealous. Bethie finally started playing and laughing at Maggie some tonight - please pray it continues. She also rejects the boys but they don't care as much.

5. Walker is driving to Beaumont and back tomorrow. I have this irrational fear of him dying in a fiery car wreck. Downton paranoia? Please pray he, like, survives.

thank you!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

LOL. While Missy Hooks Dollahon, Maggie, and I are in Ethiopia this week Shepherd, Eva Rose, and Ike at staying with my folks in Houston. Shepherd was forced to sleep in the same bedroom that my grandmother passed away in. Eva Rose sensed an opportunity to pray a prank. In her words from an email we got this is what she did: "I played a joke on Shep. He has to sleep in great grandmothers old bed room so I wrote on a napkin in some made up handwriting that said "I've been looking for you. -Great Grandmother." Creepy, huh."

Monday, February 11, 2013

Shep: could Leonardo da Vinci's parents have him and not be married?
Me: Well, sometimes, especially back then, men who were married would still have lots of girlfriends. So his mom was one of those girlfriends.
Shep: You mean he was a play-ah.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I am really really hoping that 2 weeks from today I will be in Ethiopia with our new Valentine. Another paperwork messup has been resolved and hopefully the Embassy will email us next week.
Maggie just asked me, "Are we going to always celebrate the day we get her? We can call it Bethie Day!!" And then she decided all the dances she would do and the games she would come up with for Bethie Day. :-)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ike tells me all the time that he wants to marry me. And this, my friends, is why he gets away with murder.