The Joy of Boys

The following is an article I wrote for our local paper a couple of years ago, but never actually posted here. I’m often asked if I regret not having daughters.   Though my life is void of pink hair bows, sweet dresses, paper dolls and braids (all things I dreamed of enjoying with my little girls before God gave me this passel of boys), I can answer truthfully that I do not for a minute doubt that God knew exactly what he was doing when he continued to bless us with boys.  My life is full of joy – The Joy of Boys

The Joy of Boys

When our first baby was born a boy, I was very happy knowing that any other children we would have in the future would be under the protection of an older brother. When our second baby was born a boy, I was glad our oldest son now had a brother to play with. When our third baby was born a boy, I decided that God must have something special in mind for our family. THREE boys?

When I was pregnant with our fourth baby, you can just guess what everyone around me was saying. “Finally going to have a sister for all those boys?” or “I bet you’re sure hoping for a girl this time!”

When our fourth baby was born a boy, they laid him on my chest, and all my husband and I could do was laugh for joy that God had given us yet another son!

Boys are so sweet. Boys love their Mamas like crazy. Boys think their Daddys are the best. Boys….ah boys. Boys bring such joy.

The Joy of Boys

I love how boys play (now that I’m used to it!). Our house is usually noisy, rough and fast – there’s not a lot of tip-toeing or sitting down quietly to color pictures at the table.

Generally…I find that the male greeting (between my boys and all of their friends who come over to play) has little to do with words and a lot to do with grabbing onto and pulling one another down to the floor into an immediate wrestling match.

I’ve learned to look the other way, smile, and shake my head about so many things that I used to fear would turn into a trip to the Emergency Room. Boys play rough – they can’t help it. They make noise. It oozes out of their pores. Rolls of wrapping paper become swords or light sabers. Toast and grilled cheese sandwiches are chewed into the shape of little guns. Math books become drums. Little pink erasers become race cars.

Everything (everything) becomes a competition:  who can finish their milk first, who can put their jammies on the fastest, who can get from the kitchen to the living room without touching the floor.

It’s one big, loud, ball game at our house all day long – and I wouldn’t trade it for all tea parties in Boston.

I consider it a huge honor to be the mama of boys. Boys who we pray will grow up and be Godly leaders some day. Boys who we pray will be Godly husbands and daddys some day.

Oh, and some day, when my boys grow up and get married…I’ll have daughters. I’ll take them shopping and we’ll cook and do hair together.

Until then, I’ll just continue to feed mountains of mashed potatoes and huge stacks of pancakes to all these boys while they make all the noises with their armpits that they are so good at making and while they laugh at all the things boys can’t help but think are funny.

They are…boys.

Boys who have completely and totally won my heart.

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  1. says

    Love it! Little boys are so sweet. I have one, and also a baby girl now. But you’re right — you’ll have daughters one day when your sons marry!

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  2. Rejoicedover says

    Thank you for the timely post! My oldest (a boy) just turned five, and I have been trying to remind myself that boys are…well, boys — loud, rowdy, fast, wrestling buddies. I’m glad to hear the perspective from one who has gone before … and reminders to let them BE boys.

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  3. says

    Oh, I am so thankful for joyful Godly moms & dads of boys! For my houseful of pink, purple & orange girls will grow up and need those strong men raised by moms just like you!

    Thank you Laura :)

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  4. says

    After 2 girls we had a boy and WOW what a difference! LOL I grew up with 2 sister so having a boy around is still fascinating to me. I love to watch him play and interact with his sisters. I’m looking forward to watching him grow and learning about boys!

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  5. Tiffany says

    This is so wonderful! I have 3 boys and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. People always say “you have your hands full” and my response is always “yes but not as full as my heart”. Thank you God for all these boys!!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    That’s a great response!

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    kris Reply:

    I always say the same when folks tell me that, too!

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    Kara Reply:

    I have 4 boys and hear that all the time – thanks for the awesome
    response! I usually just say “yes I am and I love it that way!”

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  6. Jennifer says

    I can not say how much I loved reading this!!! Thank you for sharing. As a mom of 4 sons and 0 daughters, I feel the same way, my boys are so incredible I wouldn’t have it any other way!!!

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  7. Jeramie-Lee says

    I *really* appreciate this as a mother of three girls and expecting baby #4. We hear it all the time – even from complete strangers: “Oh, you must be hoping for a boy!” or “Well, a boy would be a bonus!” Seriously? We are just thrilled with our girls and love the fact that God has planned this for our family. Blessings to you! :)

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  8. Heidi says

    LOVE this article!!! You are so right…a house with boys… well…. Crazy right? I have FIVE boys… and one girl…. would not trade my boys for anything… So ironic that I grew up with 2 sisters and NO brothers… I will say one thing.. I will never quite understand boys… but that’s ok… I love them all anyway… even if they smell !!! LOL !!!

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  9. Niki says

    Thank you so much for your post! We were blessed with three wonderful boys and I would be lost without them. I was so excited earlier this year that my two youngest were invited a little girls birthday party… After thirty minutes in the store I couldn’t help but laugh- aside from Nerf guns, GI Joes, superheros, race-cars and choo-choo trains I had no idea what might be a good toy… we decided on some sort of pink tea set I think and that was that- but there was no fun in picking that out….. After my youngest was born- with some complications we figured he was probably our last- and so far that has been the case. I have finally recently got to the point where I feel our family is complete- and I am thrilled to have a house of little men to share it with! May God bless your family- and thanks again for sharing!

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  10. Noelle says

    I have 2 boys that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Thank you for posting this article. I just laughed as I read it. It is fun to see the differences between boys and girls.

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  11. says

    When I was pregnant, I was really wanting a girl. But then my little boy was born, and now I am so in love! When/if we have another baby, I really really really want another boy! Like you said, boys are so sweet and just fun. I love ’em!

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  12. says

    Thanks so much for this post! I have 3 boys and feel so blessed! You are my all-time favorite real food blogger! I just added you to my blogroll on my new blog, officially launching the first of September. Keep up the good work!

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  13. Miranda Bryant says

    Thanks for posting! I totally understand you, i have 3 boys myself and everybody always wonders how i handle it so well, i tell them you just get used to it!

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  14. Vicki says

    I soooo loved your article. When my 5th boy was born, a friend gave me a wall hanging that says “There’s a special place in heaven for the mother of 5 boys”. I have always thought my boys were wonderful. After having 2 girls I now know that whatever God gives you is perfect!

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  15. says

    We have just one little girl right now. When I was pregnant I was shocked (and still am) at the number of women (who had only boys) would say “Oh, your so lucky you’re having a girl, I ONLY have boys.” I am sure they loved their boys to pieces, but even to say that–it just seemed so wrong! Girls, as well as boys, all have such wonderful aspects……

    I loved this piece, especially about having daughters-in-law some day. That never even crossed my mind….even if we only ever have girls (only time will tell) I will eventually have sons too. What a wonderful thought!

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  16. Nathan says

    Funny! My wife had me read this, because I was the oldest of 4 boys, until number 5 was born, and it was a girl! Mom didn’t believe the doctor when he told her, she had him check again! So you could always try again and hope 5 is the magic number. Of course, there’s this family we know, and they had 7 boys before they had a girl!

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  17. Kadee says

    I have 3 sons, no girls, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. God certainly knew what he was doing when he built our family!

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  18. Kristina says

    I always enjoy your writing & this piece especially! We had a girl first & I desperately wanted her to have a sister, but God had other plans. I now have the most precious 3 month old baby boy & big sister is learning so much about being nurturing. There’s nothing like hearing your 2 year old tell her little brother he is a sweet boy while she gives him a kiss :)

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  19. Tricia says

    We have 3 boys and people are always asking us if we will try for a girl. I thank God all the time for blessing us with our boys. Wouldn’t have it any other way :)

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  20. blair says

    I have 2 boys and 3 girls. I’m so glad that my little girl has 2 big brothers to grow up with! I grew up with 3 older brothers! Craziness!!! Lol. I know just what fun God has in store for this family! Like when my 4year old brings me gifts (live grasshoppers in the kitchen anyone?)

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  21. says

    I should like to make a comment on your fourth born, or maybe on my fourth born. My first three are boys. My fourth is a girl. And let me tell you, it is hilarious to see a four-year-old girl wrestling on the ground in a tutu and tiara. (And please don’t let this get you down. Had #4 been a boy I still would have been done having babies and worn my “Mom of 4 boys” badge with PRIDE!)

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  22. Lyndsay says

    This post brought tears to my eyes. As a mom of 4 boys, I get it. I have been told that God holds a special place for moms of all boys. Maybe it’s a quiet place? Our house is full of ball and swords and noise, but I also know that I am so blessed to have all these little men around. I love having all boys and have always figured if I have a girl, she would be such a tomboy I wouldn’t get pink dresses anyway! Thank you for writing something that shares exactly how it feels to have boys!

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  23. Lana says

    I have three boys and 2 girls. You are so right about how the boys love their Mommy! It’s the girls who thought they didn’t need me UNTIL they went away to college and then they were so homesick! It is a common myth that boys are the only big eaters but my tiny skinny girls could always out eat their brothers!

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  24. says

    I love this post. No one understands why I want 4 boys (we’re trying for #2 now). But I love the noise and chaos of boy play. It’s such a happy sound. This sums up my desires perfectly.

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  25. Kara Clayton says

    As a fellow mother of 4 boys, for a minute I thought you were writing a story about our family/home! I dreamed of having a little girl, as I’m a designer and just could not wait to decorate ‘her room’! God’s plan is amazing though, and my husband and I could not be enjoying this story He is writing of our family any more than we do!! Thank you for sharing you heart! Enjoy being the queen of you home! :-)

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  26. Laura says

    loved this! i saw a quote the other day that being the mother of 2 boys made me smile…’deffinition of boy: noise with dirt on it’ haha :) very true!

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  27. says

    LOVE it!!! I have 3 boys, no girls and yes, many wonder if I am going to ‘try’ for a girl!! And I wonder if I have the option.:)We LOVE our boys and I had to laugh at your post!! I can sooo relate! Yes, boys are noisy, competitive and so much fun!! It so nice to ‘know’ someone that understands boys. They are different then girls, not that I would even totally understand them. Thanks for posting!!

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  28. says

    My 3 little boys are now grown men. They have changed from being the rough and tumble, always-looking-for-something-to-eat sons to being accomplished young men who are my friends and confidants. Pouring myself into my guys for all those years has now come back to me in blessing after blessing. I do have 1 daughter (in-law), a precious, godly young woman, a treasure.

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  29. Kelly says

    I loved your article! Especially the parts about the wrestling greetings and constant noises. We have two very precious boys and I thank God everyday for blessing us with them! I don’t always understand why they do the things they do or why they love so many gross things :) but I love every part of being a mom of boys. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. says

    Thank you for this post! I have a 1-year-old son, and I love him to pieces, but sometimes I struggle with the desire to have a girl to dress up and do girly things with. Your post reminded me of all the reasons I LOVE having a boy. He is so sweet, he is a total mama’s boy, but he loves to play with his daddy too :), he cracks me up all the time, and every day I pray that he’ll grow up to be a man of God. What a precious gift God has given us to raise men to serve Him!

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  31. Beulah says

    We have 3 boys, and they are definitely rowdy! lol. They also Really love their momma. <3 I'd love another, boy or girl if it's in the future for us. I tell me boys it's their job to have girls for me to spoil when they have families. lol

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  32. Julie says

    I absolutely loved this post. We have been blessed with two sons and a daughter, and we love them all very much, but I do think boys are a bit easier to raise than girls are. We also have two grandsons, who are very special. There is a third grandchild on the way, and we will all be thrilled whether it is a boy or a girl. God really does know what he is doing when he sends out babies, and we have been really lucky with our children and grandchildren. They are all special and we treasure them. They truly have been gifts from God.

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  33. Katrina says

    I love this! I have 3 boys too. 8 months, 3, and 6. And I also get the response from people that I have my hands full. I just nod, and say yep. I love my boys so much I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I do wonder about what it would be like to have a girl, but in truth… I love having all these boys around and I probably wouldn’t know what to do with a girl if I had one. I gained a new knowledge with boys I never thought I would even with having 3 brothers. I knew I would have 3 boys too, both my stepbrothers had all girls and I said I would be the one to have all boys, and sure enough….hehe I love it! :)

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  34. says

    thanks for the article…i sent my second boy off to kindergarten today and am due to deliver my 4th boy any day now. I love my boys and while occasionally I’ll think about some of the things I’ll miss out on not having girls, I wouldn’t trade my boys for anything!

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  35. Carrie S. says

    I can so relate. I have 4 boys too. I love having boys! They are fun, sweet, imaginative and they do totally win their mama’s heart! After 4 boys it was a shock to have a daughter(and then…surprise!…#6…and another girl!). Girls are so cute and sweet and precious! But very different from boys. I have to say – boys are easier! ;-)

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  36. Jennifer says

    Right before I read this, I was sitting here listening to my son and daughter play together, my son making the most noise of course. It seems that he never runs out of energy until it’s time to flop *kerplop!* right down on the couch because he just can’t go anymore. His younger sister can keep up with him most of the time, mostly out of necessity, I think, because she doesn’t have anyone else to play with all day (except me, of course). Sometimes I think I will just go crazy if I have to keep listening to all of the silly/crazy noises and keep watching him jump jump jump from couch to couch. But…when the kids aren’t home and the noise and the running and the excitement (!) stops, I guess I get kind of lonely. Quiet time is nice, but kids being kids…well, it’s just better (most of the time ;o).

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  37. says

    I love this! I have 2 little boys…and hope someday to have another. My rough and rowdy boys are so much fun!! Although I detest it when people say, “I bet you’re hoping for a girl”, I will enjoy whichever gender God chooses to bless us with. EVERY child is a gift from the Lord! He knows what’s best for our family and I will take whatever He chooses to bless us with, because His best is, well, the best!! :)

    Many blessings to you and your 4 handsome sons!

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  38. Steph says

    I love this post!! I have a daughter and a son- and I will admit that when I found out #2 was a boy I had mixed emotions. Now, however, he is my little love bug! And while my daughter is an absolutely amazing child, there is something to be said about the bond between mother and son. Oh, and to the previous poster who commented about her daughter wrestling with a tutu on, I’ve had that same scenario, but it was my boy with the tutu!!

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  39. says

    Great post! I started with one of each, but after 1st hubby passed away, and I remarried, I now have 2 girls and 4 BOYS! At first, I’ll admit, I totally didn’t get boys. Having one wasn’t a true reflection…they need brothers to really bring out the boy in them! My girls still don’t get them either, but I am discovering that having boys around is refreshing (ok, maybe not the smell!) and energizing. Yes, it’s loud and the topics of conversation are soooo not girly in ANY way, but God loves my boys and so do I!!

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  40. Emily says

    What a wonerful post! Thank you! As the mom of three boys ranging from 12-6months, plus my husband, I can relate to it all: the wresting matches, the everything-being-a-competition, the rolls of wrapping paper becoming light sabers or swords (this one made me laugh out loud! My 6 year old often asks if he can purchase a roll of wrapping paper at Target so it can be a lightsaber even though he has a half dozen actual lightsabers at home ;)

    I have also been encouraged with the thought that is a great honor to raise boys since they will one day be, Lord willing, leaders in some capacity: of their families, in the church, etc. I am honored that God would trust me with such a responsibility.

    Thank you for taking the time to share this encouragement and truth!

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  41. Brie says

    I come from a family of all girls, and Anne fo Green Gables collections, Barbies, and crafts covering our home and homamde dresses and hairbows, ribbons and lace, beautiful tea cups and decor everywhere, and now I am expecting my fourth son in 5 years! My home is now full of cowboy hats, loud laughter, coon skin caps, sticks of every shape and size, frogs, bugs, sling shots, forts, and constant wrestling! God has grown me so much with my boys, and I just love all 3 1/2 of em! It’s such a joy to me to share true boyhood with my boys, letting them run and roll in puddles and just knowing that one bath a day was just not going to be enough for our boys, and that their clothes will be muddy every day! Boys truly are a blessing, and thank you for the reminder!

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  42. says

    My four sons are the greatest blessing in my life. I would be lying if I said I didn’t grieve (sometimes deeply) my dream of having a daughter, but God has been so faithful to fill my heart with joy and peace about it. Thanks for this post. I always appreciate hearing from other boy mamas and knowing that there are so MANY women out there who are doing their best to raise Godly men, just like me.

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  43. Tami says

    I loved your artical. I am a mom of 4, a girl 2 boys and a girl. They are all grown up now, One son has a son and the other son has one (dr 80% sure, will know better in a month) due in Jan. I love families with all boys, (sorry girls) boys are right up front with you, I have known a few all girl families and they were always very “snooty” to my boys. All four of my kids were loud, the girls wore bows and later makep, but they could “rastle” with the boys, played baseball, made those crazy noises too. I am truely blesses, well, should day “we” couldn’t have done it without my Great hubby!

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  44. Jodi says

    I just love this post! We have 2 sweet boys and God has decided our family is complete. I always dreamt of having a little girl when I pictured “my perfect family” growing up but now I know I honestly wouldn’t know what to do with one!

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  45. says

    Laura, I too, have a quiver full of boys!!!!!!!! Five of them whom we love to pieces! Your boys sound like mine–full of noise and inside jokes that only they get. Our oldest is a girl and when we started having boy after boy we gave up on ever having a girl again. haha. Boys are great! (so are girls) We count it an awesome blessing to be raising so many boys for the glory of the Lord. You and I both will have our girls…….someday! LOL

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  46. says

    I just did a post about my boys two or three posts back…. I have four too… but under a little bit different family plan; I gave birth to two… and adopted two. And three girls… gave birth to two and adopted one. All a great delight. I love your post about boys.. its fantastic… I think everyone else thought so too; you got quite a few comments on this one. It seems as if the world has had a vendetta against boys… and letting them just be boys. It is great to hear an affirmation of boys. I love them all. Now I have 5 grandsons… no granddaughters yet, and yes, I am hoping for those little granddaughters too, but what a blast to have little cowboys in our house once again. Blessings to you and your wonderful boys.
    Pam

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  47. Heather B says

    My husband and I are trying for our first child. I have 2 older brothers and im really wanting a girl. My husband has 3 older brothers and 6 nephews. There are no girls on his side so I wasnt looking forward to having kids b/c it looks like Im destin to have boys. But after reading your post I WANT BOYS now. They will always love momma and I will get daughters then they marry. So thanks for insight on boys, I cant wait to have some babys!

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  48. Brooke says

    LOL – I just had to laugh when I read the 2nd sentence about “regretting not haveing girls”. Now that I have 3 girls I totally get that all the time, esp since we’re done having kids. When people make comments I sometimes don’t know if I want to smack them or just laugh at them and say something like… ” well yeah, as were sorting through the big machine that we pick our kids from we just decided to go with girls instead of boys!” haha. duh people… God will give us what God he wants to bless us with :) Being a mom has really helped me to be sensitive to how I look at families :)

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  49. Ruby says

    I couldn’t agree more that boys are a blessing! I have 3 of each now, but my first 2 were boys. It drove me a little crazy when people assumed I must be desperate for a girl! My boys had my heart & I would’ve been very happy to be a mom of only boys if that was God’s plan. As it happened, He blessed us with both! I can tell you that both offer their joys & challenges…& if you think a passel of boys are noisy, just get a few girls together to play! The pretend voices of said girls as they role play with dolls or Littlest Pet Shop toys is SO loud & high pitched that I’d gladly take a rough & tumble wrestling match over that any day! :)

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  50. Cammie says

    Love, love, love this – I have two boys and insist to my husband all the time that I will NEVER understand them, but I love them to death.

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  51. Britt says

    A friend who has four boys sent me your link and I was thrilled to read it. We have five boys with the youngest just being just a month old. I too was a little surprised when he came out and everyone in the room gasped “it’s another boy!” I was thrilled. I love me boys to pieces and can’t imagine it any differently. I have nieces and they are great. I would not trade my boys for anything. My boys are loving and kind and fun to be around. Of course they do have their “faults”. Our house is always noisy and they are always running and in competition with each other. Two of the boys are twins so talk about always being busy! I too believe that we get what we are given for a reason. There is definitely a special place in heaven for moms of boys. And our boys will bring our daughters home to us one day. Until that time I will be continually doing endless piles of laundry, filling up the 3 refrigerators we have and keeping bandaids handy. My life is filled with more love than I ever could have imagined and I am grateful beyond words for my beautiful boys!

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  52. Sarah B says

    My mother-in-law had 8 boys before she had her first girl, then her 10th was a boy and then the last- 11th was another girl she got 9 boys & 2 girls! Their house had to have been crazy growing up as it is still crazy with them all grown. I love the fact that she had so many boys my husband was #6 & he knows how to cook, clean (very very well), do the laundry, even how to sew & so much more, but they are all boy too. Just get them all together and you will see all the rough housing they do even as adults! We currently have 2 boys and are expecting our 3rd girl.

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  53. says

    Thanks for sharing this! I loved reading it!! As a mother to 3 boys (who sound very similar to yours!!), I truly treasure them! Everyone asks me if we’re going to try for a girl; they seem sad for me that I don’t have a daughter. Like you, Lord willing, we will have 3 daughters once our boys are married. I love every minute I have with them and can’t imagine having daughters! I, too, am thankful that the Lord knew boys would be best for me. :) AND…I’m VERY thankful to have found your blog. Keeping boys fed is…. well, a FULL TIME JOB! Thank you for all of your yummy recipes that you share. It gives me great joy to know that what I’m feeding them is nourishing their growing, growing, growing bodies! May all of our boys grow into me after God’s own heart who live their lives glorifying Him and building His kingdom all of their days.

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  54. says

    I loved this post and could relate to it so well already! I have only been a mother for 6 years and already have five little boys! Mine are 6, 5, 3, 2 and 8 months. I have no daughters, and like you I always dreamed of braiding hair and doing pink sparkly crafts and picking out cute little sundresses! I could not be more thrilled that God has blessed us with all boys. I actually have a name picked for a 6th boy, lol! I would LOVE to have another sweet little man! Now to raise them – it’s easier to love them than to raise them, but then you raise them because you love them! Certainly a rollercoaster ride so far, for me! :)

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  55. Stephany says

    Thank you for the reminder to let boys be “boys”. Sometimes it is so hard and we want them to be something they are not. I only have two boys but I wouldn’t trade them for girls anyday. I used to want a girl too but I told my dh when we were expecting our second baby that if it was a boy we were done trying for a girl. I don’t think I could handle more than two boys and most days that seems too much, lol. They really are a joy and blessing to our lives though. God is so good to us and I am thankful for having the opportunity to raise His gifts to one day (prayerfully) serve Him.
    God bless you and your pasel of boys!

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  56. Gail says

    When I began to read this I thought you were writing my life story. We, too, have four boys and all I could do was laugh when I found out I was having ANOTHER boy! I can totally relate to everything you say. I am sure God knows exactly what he is doing but somedays I wonder if I will survive all this chaos! I do love my boys to death and pray for great daughter in laws someday (and maybe a couple granddaughters to buy pink for :)) Thanks for sharing your story!

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  57. Amber says

    I loved this!!! I am currently 8 months pregnant with my 3rd boy. I will admit that I cried when I found out I wasn’t having a little girl. However, it took about a day to grieve all of the sparkly pink things that we will never have in our house and am looking forward to another boy to play trucks with, wrestle with and throw rocks at the beach with! I KNOW that the Lord has greatly blessed me with this household of boys! I look forward to all of the sporting events, tractor pulls and monster truck jams in the years to come! I am so glad that I am not the only one who has a crazy loud house! I love these boys and thank you for sharing your story!

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  58. Lori says

    My son is my oldest with two younger sisters. He claims that the coolest moms he knows are the one that have all boys! They really know how to have fun!

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  59. says

    Laura, as wih all subjects it seems, you address this topic with grace and respect to others. It’s unusual to find an article that comments how great one or the other of the sexes is without disparing the other. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. joanie elbourn says

    I grew up with all boys- brothers and friends. The Lord, after many infertility treatments, gave us one boy ( the oldest) and 3 girls… I did not know what to do with girls, but they are wonderful. They ADORE their daddy, they think like me, they are rough and tumble and gentle and kind. I did tell them, right fromt he start, that I have no patience for girly shrieking, hair pulling, girl fighting ( how they tend to rehash every hurt and bring back past hurts). : ))))) I like how boys fight much better- smack each other then go off best friends again :) Yes, I would have been content with all boys, but the Lord knew I needed my girls. I love all 4 children for the people they are, regardless of their gender. I know rough and tumble girls and kind and gentle boys..

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  61. Anne says

    I have 2 boys which bring my an overwhelming joy every day. It almost seems silly whenever people ask about whether I wanted a girl. I would be happy with whatever God blessed us and he clearly wanted us to have boys. I do typically respond with something along the lines of being the princess of the house. There are definite advantages to being the only girl in the house.

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  62. Jackie Leyba says

    My 4 year old boy is your 4 sons all rolled into one!!! He has only one speed FAST!! But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. He wants to do everything Daddy does and he LOVES to cuddle with Mimi (that’s what he calls me instead of Mommy). I can’t imagine what I would do if I had a girl!!! I LOVE MY BOY!!!

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  63. Jen says

    Love this post, Laura! I have three boys…4, 3, and 18 months. I really thought my youngest was a girl (we never found out ahead of time), and I was really hoping for a girl, but I couldn’t imagine having it any other way now. It’s amazing how the Lord changes your heart! If we have a fourth child, I think I may lean towards wanting another boy – boys are busy, but so much fun and so sweet to their mommies!

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  64. Abby says

    I have 2 wonderfully loud, rough, boys myself! Your article is a great tribute to them. Here’s to letting “boys be boys”! Let the wild rumpus start!

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  65. Marishannon says

    I have two boys – 2 years and 2 months. We plan on having 2 more children and as much as I would love to have a little girl to dress up in cute little dresses, I love these little men so much that I don’t mind one bit if I get more of them!

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  66. says

    Exactly! This is part of why my hubby and I never found out a baby’s sex before it’s birthing day. We just didn’t care – so long as we were blessed with a happy, healthy child, the child’s procreating organs didn’t matter so much – not to mention green and yellow and orange and brown and red can go on pretty much any child.
    (and it drives me nuts when people make the comment “well, you got your girl!” because we have 3 boys and a girl… when it just wasn’t that important to us!)

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  67. says

    I always pictured myself having a whole bunch of boys. I’m pregnant with our third boy and I almost feel defensive when people comment about feeling sorry that he’s not a girl. I always wanted boys – for a long time I DIDN’T want any girls! Now I’m just so thrilled with whatever God blesses our family to look like and I look forward to more noise and fun and fast and rough ‘n tumble hilarity for at least the next 20 years!
    Thanks for sharing this.

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